Cubs News: Further assessing the three newest minor league pitchers

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Three minor league pitchers - 1. Nick Neidert

Nick Neidert is the most intriguing of this recently acquired group of pitchers. Initially drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft straight out of high school, Neidert began his professional career the same year and recorded a 1.53 ERA in 35.1 IP. Following his Rookie ball debut, he managed to put up a 2.57 ERA in Low-A. From there, he experienced some ups and downs but began to break out in a major way this season with a 1.93 ERA in 46 frames at Triple-A. He appeared in 14 games while starting 8 of them.

The Cubs front office took notice of Neidert's career year in Triple-A as they scooped him off waivers. I don't see the reason Miami didn't give him more of a chance at the major league level. Over the last three seasons, he's only seen a combined 49 innings at the highest level. His ability to start games and fill in that bulk reliever role when called up is something the Cubs have been targeting all winter. He is cost-effective on a minor league deal and can be a valuable asset to the Cubs in 2023. Between the majors and Triple-A Iowa, the Cubs boast a very deep pitching staff. With the continued improvements to pitcher development, don't be surprised to see all three names on this list find success within the Cubs organization.