Chicago Cubs: Dillon Maples, RHP
Dillon Maples has seen action with the Chicago Cubs in minute sample sizes over the past couple of seasons and has not performed well. In 8 2/3 career innings at the big league level, Maples has posted an 11.42 ERA with a .424 wOBA, and nine walks.
However, in his time last season with Triple-A Iowa, Maples posted a 1.96 ERA in 18 1/3 innings with a 36.4 percent strikeout rate. Maples hardly gave up any home runs as well, allowing a low 0.49 HR/9.
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In his work this season at Triple-A, Maples put up a 2.27 ERA in 35 2/3 innings pitched. Maples has also produced an incredibly solid 3.22 xFIP. Concerning his strikeout rate, Maples saw an increase in his percentage, which climbed all the way up to 42.4 percent.
Now, Maples is in the midst of an unbelievable video game-like stretch. In his last 23 appearances, Maples has not allowed an earned run. Not a single one. To understand how long it has been, we need to travel all the way back to June 6. It has been now two-plus months since Maples has allowed a run in the minor leagues.
According to the Iowa Cubs, Maples last 22 appearances include 21 innings pitched, no earned runs, 13 walks and a ridiculous 42 strikeouts.
With Brandon Morrow currently on the disabled list, the team needs depth. Dillon Maples and his 100 MPH fastball should receive the call when rosters expand.