3 Cubs making a strong case for the Opening Day roster
Spring training is in full swing, and the Chicago Cubs are not looking bad with their revamped roster. The first round of roster cuts have come and gone, with many prominent prospects being reassigned to the minor leagues for now.
But there are still guys in the mix in Mesa looking to impress manager David Ross and the front office enough to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. Here are 3 guys who are trying very hard to carve out a spot for themself on the big league roster come March 30.
3 Cubs making a strong case for the Opening Day roster: 1) Caleb Kilian
Even though there probably isn't a rotation spot available for the organization's #18 prospect Caleb Killian, he looks ready to make an impact at the big league level. In three starts, Kilian has thrown seven innings struck out five men. Those numbers don't jump out at you, but he has looked sharp and confident on the mound.
He's struggled in his limited starts in MLB, and has Hayden Wesneski and Javier Assad in front of him competing for the fifth rotation spot, Killian is proving he is ready to contribute and looks a lot better on the mound than last year. If he keeps dealing, he just might squeak his way into the bullpen as a swing man. If not, he will likely begin the year in Iowa to get steady work until he inevitably gets called back up.