It’s been two years since Arodys Vizcaino pitched in the Majors. And while some fans may be wondering when the once highly touted prospect of the Atlanta Braves with the 100 mph arm will be to Wrigley, the answer isn’t soon.
“We’ll move with some caution,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday at Wrigley Field. “He had two years being away from a mound and I still think we want to give him a lot of mound time before he gets up here with a third deck and the pressure. (h/t Patrick Mooney, Cubs Insider)
The hard-throwing 23-year-old was however promoted to Double-A Tennessee. At Class-A Daytona Vizcaino allowed only one run in nine innings, while striking out 10.
The Cubs bullpen is in flux, and likely will be for most of the season. Now with Pedro Strop reportedly headed to the DL, more talk of whom to fill the voids will arise.
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The Cubs system is not deep with pitching, and with C.J. Edwards, one of the top pitching prospects suffering from shoulder fatigue, more and more hope will rely on the “next guy”. Vizcaino is definitely one of those guys. After quickly working his way through the Braves system, Vizcaino was forced to have Tommy John surgery in March 2012.
The Cubs are very aware of his potential, but see no need to rush him to the big league team. But it’s not out of the question that he may make his Cubs debut this season if he can stay on track and healthy. With a team struggling to find its identity in the back-end of the bullpen, Vizcaino and his 100 mph fastball may have a home ready and waiting.