Another Familiar Face Returns: Cubs Sign Todd Wellemeyer

If you are a former top Chicago Cubs prospect that never quite lived up to expectations, now is your time to come home. Mark Pawalek, I’ve got your ticket when you’re ready.

Fresh on the heels of signing Luis Montanez to a minor league contract with a Spring Training invite, today the Cubs signed former Cubs pitcher Todd Wellemeyer to an $800,000 minor league deal (which I suppose means that he earns the full $800,000 only if he cracks the ML roster). Converted to a starter in recent years, Wellemeyer is perhaps best remembered by Cubs fans for his dominating debut as a rookie when he struck out four in two innings of work (was that actually his debut, or has my memory morphed into the history that I want to remember?).

Wellemeyer will be given a chance to win a spot in the Cubs’ bullpen, but if not, he may end up in AAA Iowa, waiting for injury or ineffectiveness to beset a resident Cubs pitcher.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

20 responses to “Another Familiar Face Returns: Cubs Sign Todd Wellemeyer”

  1. Serio
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  3. VanSlawAndCottoCheese

    According to Baseball Reference, Wellemeye’s debut:

    May 15, 2003 vs. MIL 1.0 IP, 0 H, 3 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER, Sv

    1. VanSlawAndCottoCheese

      *Wellemeyer*

  4. Dave

    I watched that game, I remember it was in extra innings and he struck out the side. Pretty much downhill from there. Even Dave Duncan’s magic pitching meth couldn’t turn him into a useful MLB pitcher.

  5. curt

    what possible reason is there 2 bring wellemeyer back the only good thing he did fr the cubs was sabatage the cardinals for awhile

  6. Cardfan

    Finally, finally, FINALLY… Some news I can enjoy!!!!! Shelledmeyer joins the Cubs – that’s even more asinine than the Cardinals picking up Theriot.

    Dogs and cats living together…

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