2 Cubs relievers who will begin the season in Triple-A and 1 who won't

Discover the young arms that could shape the Chicago Cubs bullpen in 2024. Get to know Daniel Palencia, Luke Little, and Keegan Thompson.

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MLB: Luke Little

I am riding high on Luke Little going into this season and I hope my expectations are met. With the Cubs needing a lefty in the bullpen, Little has the opportunity to build on his brief success last year and become a legitimate weapon. Standing at 6'8, Little is already an intimidating force on the mound before he even winds up to toss.

Little may only feature two pitches, but they are both very effective. His four-seam fastball sits in the upper 90s and his sweeper made some batters look absolutely foolish last year. His stint in the majors only lasted seven games but he struck out 12 batters in just 6.2 innings pitched.

Spring Training will be a chance for Little to show manager Craig Counsell that he belongs on the active roster and I don't doubt he'll do exactly that. Across 140.1 career minor league innings, Little sported an excellent 2.50 ERA with 14.43 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Like Palencia, Little does have an issue with walks but the ceiling is very high for this guy as he's only 23 years old.