5 Chicago Cubs' surprises of Spring Training so far
2. Hayden Wesneski is pitching like an ace
Currently listed as the Cubs' number 5 prospect, Hayden Wesneski is vying for the Cubs' fifth starter job and he is taking his opportunity and running with it. The 25-year-old has not yielded a run in 8.2 innings pitched and he has set down 11 batters via strikeout. The sample size is admittedly small, but with a starter job up for grabs, every pitch counts and Wesneski is picking up right where he left off last year. In 33 big league innings, Wesneski sported a 2.18 ERA last year and he averaged a strikeout per inning pitched. The young right-hander is making it very difficult to not include in the starting rotation as he is flashing top-of-the-rotation stuff and frankly making hitters look foolish. Hopefully, his success continues and we see him starting games in April.