Today the Chicago Cubs shuffled another couple youngsters down to Minor League camp. Catcher Micah Gibbs and pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee will head out today after getting a little taste of the big time.

Rhee, who turns 23 in a couple weeks, will probably pitch at AA Tennessee this year, which could be something of a make-or-break year for him. The Cubs have long loved the righty, but, even a couple years after Tommy John surgery, his numbers haven’t matched the hype. He was eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this year, but no team took a chance. With a decent season, that could change, and the Cubs will be forced to make a decision on his 40-man future. He looked excellent in his one inning of work yesterday, for whatever that’s worth.

Gibbs, 23, is a low-level catching prospect, whom the Cubs took in the 3rd round in 2010. He’s got a ways to go before you hear too much more about him – he was in big league came as something of a fill-in when Geovany Soto went down with his “minor” groin injury.

  • Spencer

    I’m excited for Rhee! I hope he has a great season. His age isn’t a huge deal for me because of TJS, but hopefully he get at least pitch well enough to move up to AAA. Good luck to him.

  • Luke

    There is plenty to be excited about with Rhee.  He seemed to just keep getting better throughout the 2011 season.  We could see him in Wrigley as soon mid 2013, possibly as a No. 3 starter.  He’s flying under the radar right now, but he is worth keeping track of.

    Gibbs should be in Daytona.  Good defensive catcher who can switch hit.  Right now, he’d be the third or fourth best catcher in the Cubs system (depending on where you rank Neftali Rosario).

  • jstraw

    Man, I’m old. I associate that song with Cat Stevens.

    • Brett

      Ha. The original, which was written by Stevens (and later “covered” by him), was apparently by P.P. Arnold. I was most familiar with the Rod Stewart version until Crow’s.