Ranking the 3 biggest Cubs disappointments so far this season
By Jake Misener
Ranking the 3 biggest Cubs disappointments: #1 - Keegan Thompson is backsliding in the worst of ways after a breakout 2022
The Cubs bullpen makes a second appearance on this list - but this time, it's with a familiar face, Keegan Thompson.
After emerging as a lethal multi-inning weapon for Ross last season, the right-hander hasn't been able to find the zone and hit his spots, struggling so much that Chicago sent him to Triple-A Iowa this week amidst a flurry of roster moves.
The 28-year-old former third-round pick has looked like a shell of his former self, ranking in the bottom 12 percent of the league in walk rate. And, really, that's the big knock - his velocity has been down and without the precision he showcased last year, he just hasn't been effective.
I don't think I was alone expecting Thompson to build on what he did a year ago and, heading into the season, looking at the big bullpen picture, his presence was a major 'plus'. Instead, he's become a liability - hopefully, time at Iowa helps him get back on track because without him, this Cubs bullpen isn't nearly what we'd hoped it could be.