We are all aware that professional baseball is a tough business. Like it or not, the Chicago Cubs have made some tough decisions over the years. It comes with the territory.
I remember the frustration I felt when I first found out that the Chicago Cubs traded Starlin Castro. While some wanted Castro gone due to consistency issues, he still had more good moments than bad.
Later on, the Cubs showed their cards by signing veteran second baseman Ben Zobrist – the future World Series MVP. Now Castro is taking off with the New York Yankees, hitting a career-high 21 homers in his first year in the Bronx.
Great to see him receiving much-deserved love from those who pull for one of the most successful franchises in baseball history. As most of you know, Castro was a top prospect as a member of the Cubs before making his debut.
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While these men defend their World Series championship, a few more names are turning heads down on the farm.
That’s the best thing about this sport — there is always a future All-Star working on their craft, waiting for their moment. For example, Ian Happ and Jeimer Candelario – just to name a couple.
Guys who won’t receive pink slips. And then you have someone like young southpaw, John Williamson. A pitcher with multiple deliveries who had a rough go in his first year only to rebound and improve almost immediately.
Williamson, 24, was selected by the Chicago Cubs back in 2015 during the 23rd round. He attended Rice University in his hometown of Houston, Texas and was one of five Owls who was selected in that draft.
Little did the Cubs know, they had someone with a hidden talent that would be yet to be put on display. If you haven’t heard of Williamson, then you’re missing out. Not only has he improved on the mound but he quickly became a viral sensation, eventually releasing his own album.
The 24-year-old prospect began uploading videos of him freestyling to YouTube, gaining some attention from fans away from baseball. Williamson wrote about his love for the organization and mentioned names of those who were on the big league roster.
Praising the team that drafted him and was one day hoping to receive that call in the future. Unfortunately, his time with the Chicago Cubs has come to an end. Just the other day, he announced his release on Twitter.
Once a Cub, always a Cub was the caption as he spoke about his experience with the club. A highlight clip followed.
In his final two years with the Cubs, Williamson lowered his ERA from 12.38 to 3.05 in 54 appearances. Allowing a combined 16 earned runs on 48 hits while walking 24 and striking out 55 in the process.
Hopefully, someone gives him another chance to continue to pitch. Either way, he’s going to continue making music and has a bright future ahead of him. No matter what path he may end up on.
Video courtesy of John Williamson’s YouTube channel, Swilson Music.