Chicago Cubs bubble roster projections: Who are the last 3 in, last 3 out?
Chicago Cubs bubble roster, last 3 out - 3. Keegan Thompson
Due to Keegan Thompson's velocity being way down this spring and only pitching four innings this spring, something is undoubtedly off that we aren't getting a full story on yet. Nevertheless, I expect everyone will soon be surprised that he won't start on the Cubs' main roster. It's a bold prediction, but the fact that he is far from ramped up for the role the Cubs envision for him is troublesome.
There are a million different things you could speculate on that could be causing Thompson's drop in velocity. Nevertheless, the Cubs are looking to compete in 2023, and Thompson needs to have this issue behind him if we're hoping for him to fill a bulk reliever role, where he comes out for multiple innings every few games. I'm sure we will get more clarification soon as to if there is anything injury-wise going on with Thompson. In the meantime, don't be surprised if he's left off the Opening Day roster with a lingering issue.