Ahead of their three-game set with the Miami Marlins on Monday, the Chicago Cubs announced a number of updates. Among those updates, many pitchers and their futures were outlined for the remainder of the season.
Between upcoming starts, a bullpen role, and an assignment to Triple-A, the Cubs had plenty of news to share on Monday.
Sean Newcomb's Assignment
On Monday, Newcomb cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A. For the Cubs, keeping Newcomb in the organization is good for the potential in the future, especially if they've identified him as someone with some work could be a meaningful piece.
However, there is always the chance the organization moves on following the season. Newcomb has struggled with the Cubs following the trade from Atlanta. In 17 appearances (one start) with the Cubs, Newcomb carries a 9.13 ERA. In addition, he has walked a lot of batters (15) compared to his number of strikeouts (24).
Whether or not we see Newcomb in Chicago again remains to be seen. However, it appears he'll at least stick with the organization for the remainder of the season.
Hayden Wesneski Will Start Again
After dazzling over the weekend in his first start, Hayden Wesneski will reportedly receive another start. For starters, this makes sense to give the kid another look. He's projecting as a starter in the future, so why not see more of what he has. In addition, 7.0 innings of one-run, three-hit, no-walk ball with seven strikeouts is a hell of a way to tell the organization you're ready.
Overall, a 2.30 ERA in three appearances is great. In addition, 18 strikeouts with just two walks over 15.2 innings is spectacular. For the amount of movement on Wesneski's frisbee slider, the fact his walk number is as low as it is spells good things. The 24-year-old righty is continuing to thrive in the bigs. Ideally, he continues to grow into something special in front of Cubs fans' eyes.
Also worth noting, they're planning out who will get starts, so the last two and a half weeks will be tryouts of sorts going into the winter for a number of guys, including Monday's starter LHP Wade Miley.
Keegan Thompson to Return... in the Bullpen
RHP Keegan Thompson will be activated off the IL in the coming days according to David Ross. In addition, he'll work out of the bullpen rather than get a start, similar to how he was used early in the season.
For Thompson, perhaps this is his best role. Although he was a solid starter for most of the season, Keegan was elite coming out of the bullpen earlier in the season and entering 2023, that might be his role on a competitive Cubs team. However, having Keegan back in the fold will only benefit the young right-hander heading into 2023. In addition, these last two and a half weeks will be good for gauging his effectiveness coming out of the bullpen once again.
What's On Tap Next?
The Cubs are on the road for seven games beginning on Monday. As noted, the Cubs play the Marlins for three games in South Florida before heading north to Pittsburgh. The series with the Pirates starts on Thursday and will be a four-game set.