Chicago Cubs: The intriguing nature of Conor Lillis-White

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As odd as it may sound, Lillis-White could become an impact reliever for the Cubs in 2019. While the notion is a little strange to consider, hear me out. Every team is better when they have a big left-handed shutdown relief pitcher. While it remains to be seen if Lillis-White can be that guy, the Cubs could certainly benefit from that role.

Currently, Justin Wilson is a free agent. There has not been a recent discussion of a reunion, and if that reunion does not ultimately happen, the Cubs need to figure out an alternative plan. It is where Lillis-White can come in and hopefully make an impact.

His biggest strength has come against left-handed hitters, which is excellent. Last season, Lillis-White posted a solid .209 BAA and an above-average 24.7 percent strikeout rate. For a team needing a left-handed relief pitcher heading into 2019, this is a great sign.

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Lillis-White is a name to watch this upcoming Spring Training for Cubs fans. It’s highly unlikely that Lillis-White earns an active roster spot out of camp. However, there could be a good chance that he sees time at the major league level in 2019 if he pitches well, both in camp and at the beginning of the season.

Let’s hope he can continue to work his way to the next level and become a producer for the future.

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