The Chicago Cubs today announced a little tweak to their probable pitchers for the weekend, and it means pitching prospect Hayden Wesneski will make his first big league start on Saturday!
The Cubs are pushing Wade Miley back from Saturday to Monday (Montemurro), which means Saturday opens up for Wesneski, who might have otherwise been piggybacking with Miley. Pretty awesome moment coming for the 24-year-old righty, acquired in the midseason trade with the Yankees for Scott Effross.
Wesneski dominated in his first outing in the big leagues (a five-inning relief appearance against the Reds), and while I wouldn’t say his second appearance was a “struggle,” we did see him give up a couple homers to the Giants when he missed his spots in the middle of the zone.
Wesneski figures to be among the Cubs’ depth starters and/or multi-inning bullpen options in 2023, depending on his development and the team’s needs. It’s not hard to imagine him having a transitional season next year, where he gets more and more exposure to big league pitching in a variety of ways, with the idea that he might emerge as a clear rotation piece in 2024. It’s great to have options!