On the pitching side of the Iowa Cubs roster, four players are on the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster: Alberto Cabrera, Justin Grimm, Brooks Raley, and Eduardo Sanchez. All but Cabrera have seen major league time in 2013. As teams generally like to add a few extra arms in September, each of these pitchers can make a case for a call-up.
Cabrera is the least likely to go up although he did spend time in Chicago in 2012, appearing in 25 games. Cabrera spent the majority of 2013 at double-A Tennessee in a starting role. Cabrera saw success as a starter going 9-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 18 starts. After being called up to Iowa, Cabrera’s role changed to a middle reliever. Cabrera didn’t see the success he had as a starter, appearing in 15 games for Iowa with a 7.08 ERA. Cabrera has pitched better of late, pitching three scoreless innings in his last three appearances.
Grimm was acquired by the Cubs in a trade with the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline. Prior to the trade, Grimm made 17 starts for the Rangers, going 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA. Grimm is likely to go up and could start, especially if the Cubs decide to shut down any of their current starters to keep innings down.
Raley figures to be headed to Chicago. Raley appeared in one game for the Cubs earlier this season and would add a second lefty to the bullpen to go along with James Russell. Raley has started 24 games for Iowa and also is scheduled to start Friday in Nashville. Raley is 8-10 with a 4.56 ERA in 136.1 innings for Iowa.
Sanchez also spent time with the Cubs this season and also figures to go up. Sanchez was claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this season and made four appearances with the Cubs. With Iowa, Sanchez has appeared in 23 games while posting a 3.38 ERA.
Two pitchers for Iowa that deserve consideration based upon their performance are Casey Coleman and Brian Schlitter. Neither is on the 40-man roster so a promotion is less likely. Schlitter has been brilliant for Iowa, recording 20 saves in 21 opportunities.
Coleman showed his value moving to the bullpen this season after spending the majority of his career as a starter. In 37 relief appearances, Coleman has pitched 66.1 innings, compiling a 3-3 record with a 3.39 ERA. Late-season call-ups left Iowa short on relievers so Coleman was summoned to a starting role and was equally impressive. In four starts, Coleman is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA.
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