Chicago Cubs: 4 key relievers the team must focus on developing

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4 Relievers the Chicago Cubs Must Keep Moving Forward – #4: Codi Heuer

Codi Heuer has been exceptional since joining Chicago’s roster two weeks ago. In a trade that brought him and Nick Madrigal to the North Side in return for All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, a lot of Cubs fans were soured by what the front office was doing and therefore many didn’t care to pay much attention to what was going on in an effort to at least take away the positives.

One of those positives post-trade deadline has been Cody Heuer. He has posted a 2.25 ERA on the heels of a rough start to the season on the South Side that saw him briefly struggle to the tune of a 5.12 ERA. His numbers with the Cubs are much more Heuer-like. He has allowed two earned runs in eight innings of work thus far.

In 2020, Heuer posted a remarkable 1.52 ERA in 23 2/3 frames with the White Sox. Although the Cubs just acquired him, based on his numbers in two big league seasons and in the minors which saw him post a 3.24 ERA across 105 2/3 innings of work in two seasons, the front office would be foolish to turn around and flip him thinking they could get a clear cut better piece.

Heuer has elite stuff when he is on and figures to have an important role in the back end of the bullpen as time goes on, possibly as a setup man or even getting a crack at the ninth-inning job.