Chicago Cubs: Up and down week leads to more Cubs questions

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On the move

The Chicago Cubs made cuts to their roster this week, none of which are surprising. With 39 pitchers, it was only a matter of time before many of them were moved. Included in these moves was Duane Underwood, who makes his first appearance of the Spring today. He was optioned back to Double-AA Tennessee.

Additionally, the Cubs sent pitchers Aaron Brooks, Jack Leathersich, and Jose Rosario to the Iowa Cubs on March 13. Leathersich made one appearance this Spring, and did not allow a run. In three appearances each, Brooks and Rosario struggled. Brooks allowed five runs on six hits in three innings, while Rosario gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched.

Friday, the team also sent pitchers Pierce Johnson and Felix Pena, catcher Victor Caratini, and centerfielder Jacob Hannemann to Iowa. Johnson is the No. 24 prospect in the system and performed well this Spring. Pena is No. 21 on the prospect list and allowed two runs in just over two innings.

Both Caratini and Hannemann proved to be solid players and their futures will include times in the big leagues. With an on-base percentage of .394 and a couple stolen bases, Hannemann could lead off for many teams. Caratini also showed his ability to hit and produce runs, with over half of his hits being for extra bases.