Chicago Cubs: Six pitchers cut from spring roster

Mar 4, 2017; Mesa, AZ, USA; A general view batting helmets for the Los Angeles Dodgers during a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; Mesa, AZ, USA; A general view batting helmets for the Los Angeles Dodgers during a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Gerardo Concepcion

Gerardo Concepcion is an intriguing pitcher for the Cubs.  Concepcion is a Cuban player that was signed by the Cubs in March 2012 as an amateur free agent. Concepcion has slowly worked his way through the Cubs minor league system before finally getting a cup of coffee in 2016.

On June 21, 2016, Concepcion made his big league debut against the Cardinals in impressive fashion. He pitched an inning and a third, striking out two of the four hitters he faced. He did not allow a hit. Concepcion appeared in two more games in 2016. He finished with 2.1 innings, allowing a run on two hits in his first stint in the big leagues.

Concepcion was not a September call-up and now appears poised to start the season a Triple-A Iowa as he was cut from the roster. Concepcion did throw two shutout innings so far this spring. He definitely has a shot at seeing some time on the big league roster in 2017, but seems like he’s fallen out of favor with the Cubs since his call-up last June.