We close out the series today with a look at some of the relief arms to follow this year. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow when we review the voting results for the top 10 Cubs prospects as voted on by 10 respected Minor League sources.
Billy Petrick – R
He struggled last year in limited action at the higher levels. He’s still young though. Give him some time to learn a little in Iowa and see what he can do.
Rocky Roquet – R
Compiled 18 saves last season. Look for him to pitch in AA as the closer.
Jose Ceda - R
This kid has electric stuff and above average command to go along with it. My only fear is that the Cubs are rushing him along a little too fast. He’s just a kid and has never seen action higher than Peoria. There is no need for him to be invited to Spring Training, despite me considering him for a spot in my bullpen a week ago. It’s hard not to get caught up in the hype. As a fan, it’s OK for me. As a director of player development, it’s important for them to stay level headed with this kid and take it slow.
Carmen Pignatiello – L
I’m a big fan of this kid. He likens himself to a young Jamie Moyer in the sense that he’s a soft tossing lefty with good control. He’s not going to overpower batters, but he gets them out. I’d like to see him move into the role currently filled by Scott Eyre after this season or even before if Eyre is moved.
Geoffrey Jones – L
Time is running out on this former 32nd round pick in 1998. He’ll be 29 this season and desperate for a good year to be able to stick.
Jeremy Papelbon – L
I bet you didn’t know we had a Papelbon in on our team. Yes, he’s related to the one on the Red Sox. That’s his older brother. Jeremy is actually a twin brother to Josh Papelbon, who is in the Minor Leagues in the Red Sox organization last I checked. He pitched well last year, but his age concerns me based on what level he was at. It’s time to start rising quickly.