Chicago Cubs: A long reliever in the making?
Duane Underwood Jr. made one successful spot start earlier this season for the Cubs. I’ve been a little surprised that the Cubs didn’t call on him again when they’ve needed other spot starts since then.
It might be that the Cubs want him to hold onto the memory of that one successful experience this offseason without risking exposing him to the possibility of having a negative experience later. That might nicely fit if he also has a total innings limit this season.
However, if that’s not the case, Underwood is not just a pitching prospect. He is a starting pitching prospect. When was the last time the Cubs called up a real one of those in September? Underwood is already on the 40 man roster. So it just depends on the front office’s development plan for him as to if he gets called up or not.