Hendiks was claimed off waivers 3 days ago.
Don't look now but Chicago is starting to have a bit of a log jam of starting pitching. Especially if the Cubs add another starter at the major league level (Tanaka! or someone...) There may not be enough innings to go around from Iowa down to Kane County.
A rough early depth chart of the usual 5 man rotation should look like this....
Chicago Cubs - Samardijza, Wood, Jackson, Arretia, Rusin (I'll slot him here for now).
Iowa Cubs - Kyle Hendricks, Liam Hendriks, Neil Ramirez, Dallas Beeler, (A battle between Loux, Jokisch, Rhee, Struck, Negrin, Kirk?)
Tennesse Smokies - Pierce Johnson, CJ Edwards, Ben Wells, Pineryo, Black, Peralta, Loosen, (Fallouts from above)
Daytona...Tons of guys
Kane County....tons of guys.
This doesn't mention guys that will probably make the bullpen but can definitely start. Alberto Cabrera, Justin Grimm and Brooks Raley. Throw in Arodys Vizcaino maybe gets some starts eventually. If Wada is signed he could start. It's looking like 7-8 starting options at each level especially if Rusin is kicked down.
How do you see the Cubs handling the innings? Do they simply cut a few guys to make room? The amount of relievers are piling up as well. Will they incorporate a piggyback system which I believe is a must in the lower levels already. Injuries and ineffectiveness are going to happen but with the amount of pitching right now, I dont think it's simply going to work itself out without some semi drastic events. 6 man rotation, anyone?
Anyway struck me as semi interesting. No one should become complacent because they "have a spot", the guy not getting innings will definitely be gunning for more.
Hendriks was claimed off waivers 3 days ago by the Orioles.But you are right, there will be a logjam of pitchers at the top of the system and speaks of trade material for the Cubs