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Get ready for yet another new face in Chicago (well, San Diego, technically).

Tomorrow night, AAA lefty Brooks Raley will be called up to take Matt Garza’s spot in the rotation, at least temporarily. Given Garza’s uncertain time table for return, this could be a one start deal, or a multiple start look. Indeed, if Raley looks good, the Cubs might figure out a way to keep him up and in the rotation even after Garza returns. The Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 39 right now, so, absent another move, the addition of Raley should bring it to an even 40.

Raley, 24, started the year at AA Tennessee, putting up a 3.51 ERA over 8 starts before getting promoted to Iowa. There, he’s started 14 times, posted a 3.62 ERA and 1.402 WHIP (both pretty good for the PCL), and was the Cubs’ minor league pitcher of the month for July. His K/BB ratio has gotten better as he’s progressed through the system, reaching a solid 2.46 with Iowa.

He was drafted back in 2009 out of Texas A&M in the 6th round, and the Cubs paid him way over slot to get him to sign as a draft-eligible sophomore. In other words, the Cubs liked what they saw back then. His ceiling is no higher than a 4th or 5th starter type, but it’s nice to see him getting a look in advance of 2013. As with many of the other young players making their debut this year, the Cubs would like to know what they have going into the offseason.

One final note on Raley: when the Cubs’ minor league camp broke this Spring, and players were sent out to their individual teams, Raley was held back a couple extra days. One reason why? The Cubs’ brass wanted to get an extra look at him.

  • Dylan

    Damn. Was hoping to photograph him tomorrow night.

  • Cyranojoe

    Holy cow. Who expected to see this much of our future in early August?

    • Cyranojoe

      As for our immediate future/present, I just noticed this on the Cubs.com site:

      ERA Team Leaders:
      1. Samardzija 4.37
      2. No additional qualifiers

      Uh, wow. Garza on the DL, Dempster & Maholm gone… and thus we have nobody else to qualify for ERA. Dang.

      Not sure if I’m happy about this or not… probably should be, aside from Garza’s DL stint. Break it down to built it back up, eh?

  • Oswego chris

    Yes….so much to watch for now……hope Vitters plays tonight

  • CubsFan4Life

    Vitters is starting tonight at 3rd base and batting 7th. Here is tonight’s starting line-up.

    1. Jackson CF
    2. Barney 2B
    3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
    4. Alfonso Soriano LF
    5. Castro SS
    6. Welington Castillo C
    7. Vitters 3B
    8. Joe Mather RF
    9. Travis Wood P

    • The White Sox Nation

      I’m excited that Jackson is up I hope he has an early success as Rizzo has had. It is also great to see Vitters up was kinda thinking he may be another bust lets hope he hits. Castillo I think is going to be one of the better catchers in the league , now if we could get Fonz out of here and free up some cash. This is an exciting time it may be hard watching the team lose but seeing these kids becoming big league players will pay off in the end.

  • Sweetjamesjones

    Poor Garza…

    • nkniacc13

      poor cubs

      • Sweetjamesjones

        Garza is now out “indefinitely with an elbow stress reaction.” Ugh.

        • J R

          Yeah what the hell does a stress reaction have to do with Tricep cramping. This does not look at all.

          • SplitFinger

            I hate to say it, but I don’t see Garza coming back to the Cubs next year. Six months ago I would have said the opposite.

            • J R

              Well at this point I could care less if he’s here or another team, just as long as he’s healthy so we have the option of trading him. This is a pretty sketchy situation..

  • SplitFinger

    I like Raleys high leg kick during the delivery. I am hoping he is the real deal.

  • J R

    Raley, I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot of you for the next 12-15 months regardless of your effectiveness.

  • anotherjp

    Raley’s the one guy who looked remotely close to being an adequate starter from the Cub system; everyone else is two years away. If Volstad has solved his problems with the increased use of his fastball a rotation of Smarz, Germano, Wood, Volstad, and Raley might be OK for the next year. Perhaps Bowden can finally get to the bigs and not cave in as he’s done in the past We certainly aren’t going to keep Garza for long and it’s obvious the Cub brass is in a full-fledged youth movement.

  • Mysterious4th

    I am so glad they’re not giving coleman ANOTHER look. I’ve had as much as I can take of him. They need to groom him as a ‘pen guy not a starter. I am rather raley start. Diggin the idea of looking at the future vs some washed up past!

  • cubsin

    It’s sad to say, but Chris Volstad is far and away the member of the starting rotation with the most career wins.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha … sigh.

      • SplitFinger

        Brett, what’s your take on the Castro downslide?

  • Jeff1969

    As a life long Cubs fan, I have always wanted them to really tear it down & rebuild it through the farm system & young players. Kinda like how the Braves & Indians did in the 90’s. But they never did. Now we really are. Awesome.

  • socalicubsfan

    Garza out indefinitely per Trib. Grrrrrr…

    • D.G.Lang

      It doesn’t matter if he is out for a month or two.

      Management wants to look at what we have in the minors so they know what to go after.

      Management also wants to get the highest draft pick possible and the more games they lose, the better.

      I find it interesting that they are starting a rookie against the team they absolutely have to lose to to get the higher draft pick, I wouldn’t be suprised to see them swept by the padres while at the same time the Padres are trying to lose to the Cubs.

      That collective agreement really makes the worst position in baseball highly rewarding,

  • Turn Two

    This isn’t all terrible news if its not in need of surgery or something terrible. He gets a little rest and management proves that if you play well in the minors you will be justly rewarded. Raley gets a shot while he is hot and while a lot of familiar faces are behind him on defense, he gets to face the Padres and Garza gets some rest- hopefully nothing more.

    • Chris

      It’s bad because even if he pitches again sometime this season, I think you’re still going into an offseason where teams are not going to bet big on him. The return was already going to be less given he won’t have another year of control attached to him. The trade deadline couldn’t have gone worse for the Cubs, IMO. They got a few org arms, to go with Vizcaino, who’s a gamble. And while Villanueva had a nice debut, he’s nothing more than a fringe prospect. I love that the youth movement has started now, but I was hoping to see a few more impact players this season and going into next season. This is it. Nobody in the Cubs system is even close enough to break camp with the big club going into 2013.

  • AB

    not a bad idea

    He was rule V eligible. If hes awesome you know you got at least something, if he sucks you can outright him.

  • morgan

    how hard does he throw

  • steve

    I’m loving the kids getting a shot. We will see what we have, & have a far better idea of our needs come the offseason. We all know castro& rizzo are for real, but I think jackson and vitters will prove themselves and be a big part of our future. I also think raley will have ups and downs but be far more effective than either volstad or the coleman combined.

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