Cubs: Can the pitching pipeline finally start churning out big league arms?
South Bend was crowned the Midwest League champions the last time there was a Minor League Baseball season. While the minor league Cubs are off to a slow start like many teams, getting back to the swing, they still have guys who are showing out to begin the year — right-handers Max Bain and Peyton Remy.
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Bain is a product from the United Shore Professional Baseball League, an indy league started in 2016. Bain spent his 2019 calendar year with the league before signing with the Cubs. He is a big guy with a big arm, and so far, things have gone well for the 23-year-old in his first year in the organization.
Bain has carved out a 3.55 ERA with a 22.8 percent strikeout rate through three starts. Bain is best known for his powerful fastball, a pitch that has touched 97 mph. He most likely will profile as a reliever at the following levels. This past week the right-hander put together his first scoreless start of the young season — 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3K. Things will hopefully continue to trend in the right direction.
Remy is a 17th round pick from 2017 by the Cubs. Since 2018, Remy has been a strong arm in the organization and incredibly underrated. In 20 2/3 inning this season, Remy has a 3.48 ERA to go along with a strikeout rate pushing 30 percent and a 1.16 WHIP. You won’t find him in a top 30 list, but his production just further solidifies the quiet depth of the organization.