first cut is the deepestA flurry of news coming out …

Today the Chicago Cubs optioned righty bullpenner Rafael Dolis to Iowa, which I’ve long been expecting. While he was one of four remaining bullpen competitors – together with non-roster invitees Zach Putnam, Cory Wade, and Hisanori Takahashi – he wasn’t blowing anyone away, and he could be freely optioned to Iowa without risking losing him.

The other three will continue to compete for that last spot, and the Cubs will continue to monitor the waiver wire. Dolis will continue to hone his craft at Iowa. For him, he’s got the stuff to be successful – the movement on his sinker, at the speed he throws it, is wonderful – but he still needs to work on his command. He too often looks like he has absolutely no idea where the ball is going.




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