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#1 J-Nasty

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

Should we be concerned with Robert Whietnack's control problems coming off Tommy John surgery? He has started pitching better the last couple starts, but his control which used to be good has been a problem. Is this just rust that will get better?

On a brighter note, Chirstian Villanuava has started his Cubs career with 2 home runs.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:18 PM

where did all the newly acquired minor leaguers go? which teams?

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 11:45 PM

Usually, control is the last thing back after TJ surgery, so don't panic.

Villanueva and Hendrick were assigned to Daytona, Brigman to Tennessee and Chapman to Iowa.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:13 AM

I can't wait until next year to see how Arodys Vizcaino comes back from Tommy John. Everything I hear about him is if he hadn't been injured he would be a top 50 prospect in all of baseball.

You can tell i'm a Cubs fan when i start a post with i can't wait until next year.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:08 AM

Usually, control is the last thing back after TJ surgery, so don't panic.

Villanueva and Hendrick were assigned to Daytona, Brigman to Tennessee and Chapman to Iowa.


This is correct. Whitenack is doing very well for a guy coming off elbow surgery. This season was all about getting used to pitching again after the layoff and working his arm back to full strength. If he continues to have long term, persistent control issues next season, then we can start to worry a little.

Similarly, don't expect much of anything from Vizcaino next season. Some guys bounce right back from Tommy John work, but most need a season or so get their old stuff back.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:42 AM

I think that it takes 1.5 - 2 years to recover from TJ.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 02:27 PM

I still like the risk the cubs took in getting Vizcaino. He has tremendous upside. The Cubs system is lacking starting pitchers with high upside.

I also really like what Lendy Castillo is doing as a starter in the minors. Its too bad we couldn't just leave him down there for another year and a half to develop.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:30 PM

We WILL send him back to the minor leagues next year. But he'll be up soon to complete his 90 days on the major league roster to comply with the requirements for Rule 5 draftees.




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