Dallas Beeler made his major league debut yesterday and outpitched everyone’s expectations. The Chicago Cubs’ former 41st round draft pick held the Washington Nationals to four hits and one unearned run over six innings, on his way to a tough loss. He also struck out six while walking three.
Beeler joined the Cubs roster for yesterday’s doubleheader and will be sent back to AAA Iowa where he has made ten starts in 2014. In those ten starts Beeler is 5-3 with a 4.03 ERA. Not bad for his first year with the Iowa Cubs.
But some fans are wondering why the Cubs chose to bring up Beeler for a spot start rather than Kyle Hendricks (one of the Cubs’ top pitching prospects) or Tsuyoshi Wada. Both have better numbers than Beeler and both have a better shot at working their way in the Cubs’ long-term plans. The answer to that question is actually simpler than most fans would like it to be, but Beeler was just the next man up in the rotation. Both Hendricks and Wada have made starts in the last few days where as Beeler is coming off a full 5 days of rest. You could also work the angle that it wouldn’t be worth it to bring up a top prospect only to send him down again right away; the whole experience being damaging to his self-confidence and whatnot, and that may have been taken in to consideration. But at the end of the day Dallas Beeler was just in the right place at the right time.
The Good news for Beeler though is that this strong outing will boost his major league value significantly. General managers put a premium on big league experience and now that Beeler has gotten his feet wet, he is more likely to make it back to the show, whether it’s with the Cubs or someone else.
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