Yes, Scott Feldman was supposed to pitch for the Cubs in Oakland tonight, that clearly can’t happen anymore so the Cubs have called up Chris Rusin to take his spot in the rotation. Rusin was the only Iowa Cubs all-star selection this year and was pitching well, going 7-7 with a 3.27 ERA over sixteen starts and one relief appearance. Rusin did get a shot with the Cubs at the end of last year and was roughed up as he went 2-3 with a 6.37 ERA but gained valuable experience in the process. Great opportunity for Rusin tonight to impress the Cubs and snag on of a couple rotation spots that could be opening up in the second half of the season.
There are very few things to get excited about when the team you obsess over is bad. One of the few things to get excited about are prospects making their Major League debut late in the season, and that is exactly what will happen tomorrow night in Milwaukee. The Cubs have announced that 25-year-old southpaw Chris Rusin will pitch tomorrow night. Rusin was drafted by the Cubs in the 2009 amateur draft in the fourth round, and he has made steady progress in the system since then. Here is a pretty stellar scouting report from John Arguello at Cubs Den…
“I’ve watched Rusin often in the minor leagues and most recently in the Dominican League and, if you like the art of pitching, he is a pleasure to watch. He works in the 88-90 mph range with his fastball and, according to Baseball America, has the best change-up and command in the system. Those two factors make his otherwise average stuff play up quite a bit. Rusin attacks the lower part of the strike zone, often jumping ahead of hitters early in the count. He keeps hitters off balance by constantly changing speeds and locations so that when he does “fire” a 90 mph fastball, it probably looks more like 95 mph. Despite a fringe average fastball, hitters often fail to get a good swing on it.
Rusin numbers in the Dominican Winter league are solid. He has a 2.84 ERA and a solid 2.8/7.5 walk to strikeout ratio. That ratio is pretty much in line with his minor league career rates of 1.93/7.05.
Rusin also has had excellent groundball to flyball ratios. This winter his G/F ratio is 3.45 and it was 3.61 at Iowa this past season. The solid strikeout and ground ball numbers bode well for a pitcher in Wrigley Field, especially when the wind is blowing out, as it often does in the summer.
He’s not a top end starter but he can certainly give you some solid innings at the back of the rotation, perhaps as soon as April of next season. He isn’t going to beat himself out there. His FIP numbers throughout his minor league career seem to indicate that if you put a good defense around him, he’ll keep you in the game consistently.”
Here’s a look at Rusin’s numbers this year with Iowa.
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The I-Cubs were looking pretty good last week, then the weekend came and it saw Iowa drop three straight to end the week 2-4. Despite losing three in a row to close out the week, the I-Cubs are 5-5 in their last 10. The team continues to be a revolving door as the big club has had numerous injuries. This is good and bad, good being that the Cubs can rely on Iowa to develop big league ready players, bad because it ravages Iowa’s talent pool which makes the results less than desirable. Anthony Rizzo is still here, and PCL pitchers are still having nightmares.
The Iowa Cubs are starting to turn things around, going 6-4 in their last ten games which was good enough to push them into second place. The I-Cubs currently sit 7 games behind the Omaha Storm Chasers in the PCL American Northern Division. Anthony Rizzo continues to lead the charge, and he will until he gets the call from the north siders.
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The I-Cubs are struggling, going 3-7 in their last 10 games, and I really can’t say I blame them. Because of illness and injury the Cubs have had to poach players from Iowa, and that will have an effect for sure. Travis Wood, Randy Wells, Welington Castillo, Tony Campana, and now Adrian Cardenas have all been called up at one point or another. Here’s hoping for a better week.
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The Iowa Cubs sit in second place in the American Northern Division but they are still chasing the Oklahoma Storm Chasers by quite a bit, 7 games to be exact. After a solid start to the season Iowa has gone 2-8 in their last 10, time to pick it up. Full standings and stats after the jump.
The I-Cubs have hit a rough stretch recently, and now sit two games under .500. The bats have not been the problem as the I-Cubs continue to put up numbers, the pitching could be a lot better. Hopefully it is this week, full stats and standings after the jump.