5 Chicago Cubs' surprises of Spring Training so far

Chicago Cubs v Texas Rangers
Chicago Cubs v Texas Rangers / Dylan Buell/GettyImages
3 of 5

3. Adrian Sampson is getting shelled

On the other side of the starting pitcher competition is 31-year-old Adrian Sampson, who was one of the Cubs' standout pitchers last year when he posted a 2.1 ERA. Those numbers have not carried over to Cactus League play however, as Sampson currently sports a grotesque 14.04 ERA over his 8.1 innings. Again, this sample size is only over three games of work, but it hasn't looked great. Hopefully, Sampson can flip the script before opening day, but if he continues to give up home runs at this pace (8 already this Spring), he'll be lucky to get a bullpen job with so many arms behind him ready to snatch any opportunity.