I thought it might be fun to take a look around the league and see what some former Cubs are up to these days. It’s always fun to keep in touch. This is my way of doing that with two players that many have probably forgotten.

 

 
 
Kerry Wood – threw 25 pitches Tuesday in his first mound session since being diagnosed with a strained triceps.
 
Wood is hoping to avoid a trip to the disabled list to begin the season, but it seems likely that he’ll miss at least the first week. He’s thrown just three innings this spring, so he needs some more work to get ready for Opening Day.

Ryan Dempster – returned to the mound Tuesday and pitched a scoreless inning against the Rockies.

Dempster missed a week due to back spasms. He has a 1.80 ERA in five innings this spring, and with Kerry Wood injured again, his job as closer is as secure as it’s been since last May.

For more player news, visit Rotoworld.com

 

Todd Walker
Walker was one of my favorite Cubs when he was here. He was dealt to San Diego late last year. Rotoworld reported on Walker on February 27th saying “The San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres may release Todd Walker prior to March 15 because they would only be required to pay him $658,000 of the $3.95 million he received in arbitration.
Walker is currently a bench player for San Diego and both sides have indicated that a trade might be for the best. The newspaper also reports that the player’s union might protest such a release.”

This spring, Todd has seen action in nine games and has a total of 28 at bats. He’s hitting .267 with a .286 On Base % in that time. This don’t look good for Todd. I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to the Cubs making him a minor league off if he was released.

John Koronka
In case you’re unsure who this guy is, he pitched for the Cubs in 2005, making just three starts. I was pretty critical of him back in 2005 saying “Mitre seems to be putting it together as insurance. God knows he can’t be worse than Koronka. I do not know why Dusty cannot see this. He’s essentially a one pitch pitcher, because of the quality of his other 2 pitches. His fastball is slow and doesn’t move. Every game i’ve watched, he comes in around 90. His 3rd pitch is a breaking ball of some sort, but it is almost non-existent. The only pitch he has that is any good is his changeup. When you get to the majors, you better have at least 2 good pitches or you’re going to get shelled. Hopefully the Cubs will see this and give Jerome Williams a shot for the next Koronka turn in the order.”

John was dealt in a three team deal that netted us the wonderful acquisition that was Freddie Bynum. Last year, pitching for Texas in their rotation, he started the year off fairly well, going 6-5 with an ERA of 4.63. However, in the second half of the season, he only made 5 starts and was shelled. According to Rotoworld on March 7th, ”
John Koronka bounced back from a shelling at the hands of the Royals to pitch three hitless innings Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks.
He gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings in his first outing. That won’t be held against him too much, but he should be behind Josh Rupe and Kameron Loe in the competition to become the Rangers’ fifth starter.”

I might be wrong, but if you’re getting pounded by the Royals, something is seriously wrong with that equation.


I’d like to know your feedback on this post. What do you think of these guys? Do they have potential to 1) Make their team out of camp, and 2) Make an impact for their team this season?

Also, what did you think of the idea of looking back at Cubs that have gone away in terms of where are they now?

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail