The Chicago Cubs announced that a part of the 5 player deal that sent Jeff Samardzjia and Jason Hammel California bound is making his Cubs debut on Saturday. It isn’t Addison Russell, he seems set to spend at least another year in the minors. Nor is it Billy McKinney, he’s still in advanced A ball. It is… DAN STRAILY!
Probably the least discussed component of the early July deal, the fact that Dan Straily called up by the Cubs is intriguing nonetheless. Like Jake Arrieta and Jacob Turner, Straily is a young pitcher that has potential, and could really blossom in a good system. Since his acquisition, he’s been in Iowa, being groomed for this very moment. He will make his start against Jon Niese and the New York Mets.
Straily Here to Stay?
Straily, 25, has an unimpressive 4.11 career ERA, and a 4.93 ERA in 7 games this year in Oakland. While he wont win any Cy Youngs in the near future, he is in a better spot than Jake Arrieta was last July. In the minors, Straily has a 3.00 ERA, and while that’s still not impressive, it’s serviceable for the time being. Straily won’t be up for long; Rick Renteria already said Straily will make his start Saturday, and return to Iowa.
Junior Lake Sent Down
In a corresponding move, the Cubs sent down outfielder, Junior Lake. Lake, who had a hot start to his career last year, has cooled off considerably in 2014. The most noticeable thing he’s done thus far is accidentally wear the wrong jersey on Opening Day.
Other than that, Lake has had his ups and downs. He has a subpar .216, but he does have 9 homeruns. Slumps like these are to be expected with a player this young, so don’t expect Lake to be down in Iowa past the September 1st callups.
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