Chicago Cubs: The intriguing nature of Conor Lillis-White

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One month ago, the Chicago Cubs did the unthinkable – they traded Tommy La Stella. Caught up in the loss, who came to Chicago in the deal went overlooked.

In most trade scenarios involving the dreaded ‘player to be named later,’ it rarely turns out in any way significant — unfortunately, most of the time that player ends up being a lower-tiered minor leaguer, with little to no shot of reaching considerable stature on the Chicago Cubs roster.

This time around, however, things could be different. The Cubs may have found an under-the-radar name in the La Stella swap. Conor Lillis-White is a big left-handed relief pitcher who is 26 years old. He is a former 32nd-round selection by the Angels, taken back in the 2015 MLB Amateur Player Draft.

Across the span of the past three years, Lillis-White had been slowly progressing through the ranks of the Angels system, seeing time this past year at Triple-A. Diving into his statistics, Lillis-White is one of those fringe players who could see success at the major league level. For this Cubs, this would be icing on the cake.