Stroman's Debut, Cubs Win, Frazier, Free Runners in Extras, Roster Size, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Stroman’s Debut, Cubs Win, Frazier, Free Runners in Extras, Roster Size, and Other Cubs Bullets

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As has been the case quite frequently over the past couple weeks, my planned schedule got all thrown off by crazy news – Carlos Correa to the Twins(?!) in this case – so now, owing to family obligations, I’ve gotta power through these Bullets asap …

•   The DEBUT debut will be in the regular season, of course, but we nevertheless got to see Marcus Stroman donning the Cubbie blue for the first time last night in his Spring Training debut. He cruised, getting groundballs, a few strikeouts, and being pretty much normal for his two innings of work. And normal for Stroman also includes fun stuff like this strut:

•   More Stro:

•   As for last night’s game on the whole, which the Cubs won 7-3 over the Giants, the Cubs’ pitchers didn’t give up a hit until the 8th inning, so that’s kinda wild. After Stroman, Mark Leiter Jr. pitched two hitless innings (pretty good bet based on that structure that he’s being eyed for an opening week rotation spot at Iowa), and then Jonathan Holder, Stephen Gonsalves, and Locke St. John followed with a hitless inning each.

•   What a debut for Clint Frazier: a single, two walks, a stolen base, and good defense in the outfield. Because of his uncertain injury situation last year – and the usual questions about contact and defense – you simply cannot assume he’s definitely going to be a contributor for the Cubs this year (there’s a reason he signed such a modest contract). But that’s a good start, at least from a health perspective. If he somehow managed to be the guy he flashed offensively for the Yankees a few years ago, Frazier would be a huge boost for the Cubs’ lineup.

•   Early praise for new Cubs back-up catcher Yan Gomes:

•   Frank Schwindel extra-base content:

•   Nick Madrigal has yet to make his Spring debut, but it’s coming soon. More on his now complete rehab process:

•   We should not call them “ghost” runners because they’re right there, but more evidence that the free runner in extra innings could be coming back this season:

•   So, still waiting for official word on that, as well as expanded rosters to open the season. I really don’t see how teams cannot be permitted to carry a couple extra pitchers given this abbreviated timeline. And on that thinking, it makes all the more sense that the Cubs are bringing in every pitcher they can.

•   Former Cubs great, Ryan Flaherty:

•   It turns out Seiya Suzuki went to Chicago and Wrigley Field before signing with the Cubs:

•   A sad, but compelling, story:

•   Happy birthday to David Ross:

•   Things got really weird for the Bears yesterday:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.