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    Two Cub pitchers are getting close to returning with the ballclub, but no it's not Kerry Wood or Mark Prior. Instead they are two the Cubs former top pitching prospects from recent years, Billy Petrick and Chad Blasko. Both are getting set to return within a month to the Cubs' minor leagues after serious arm injuries. Petrick who was ranked as the Cubs' 5th best prospect at the start of 2005, had surgery to repair a tear in his labrum. While Blasko hasn't thrown in two years, since his shoulder surgery.

    Petrick drafted in 3rd round in 2002, is just 22 years old and a big righty (6'6 220lbs) with 3 great pitches. Before injuring himself early in the 2005 season for Daytona, Petrick was getting shalacked. Not nearly like his 2004 season:

    In 24 starts, 2 relief appearnces, he was 13-7 going 146 2/3 IP, giving up 149 hits, 57 e. runs, 3 hrs, 43 bb, 113 k, 3.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.

    Blasko who just turned 25, was a former first round pick in 2002 (36th overall). He's one of those big lefties (6'7 220lbs) who also can bring the heat, has some nasty movement and keeps the ball on the ground.

    Before injurying himself halfway through the 2004 season Chadd wasn't sharp for West Tenn. At least not as shart as he was in 2003 for Daytona:

    In 24 starts/games, he was 10-5 with a complete game shutout, going 136 1/3 IP, giving up 100 hits, 30 e.runs, 3 hrs, 43 bb, 131 k, 1.98 ERA, and 1.05, WHIP.
    What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
    Line Drive: .356
    HBP: .342
    Non-Intentional Walk: .315
    Intentional Walk: .176
    Outfield Fly: .035
    Groundball: -.101
    Bunts: -.103
    Infield Fly: -.243
    Strikeout: -.287
    It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

  • #2
    Hooray....
    beware of the censorship police

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    • #3
      ......if only they were prospects that could get base hits for us.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by burger eater
        Hooray....
        There return and possible health could trigger the Cubs to make other pitching prospects expendible in trades. In that case, you will be saying hooray if it nets us a bat at the break. That is if we can stay alive til the break.


        Right now a one-handed Lee at the plate seems more menacing than what the Cubs have at the plate.
        What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
        Line Drive: .356
        HBP: .342
        Non-Intentional Walk: .315
        Intentional Walk: .176
        Outfield Fly: .035
        Groundball: -.101
        Bunts: -.103
        Infield Fly: -.243
        Strikeout: -.287
        It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bob Sacamento
          There return and possible health could trigger the Cubs to make other pitching prospects expendible in trades. In that case, you will be saying hooray if it nets us a bat at the break. That is if we can stay alive til the break.


          Right now a one-handed Lee at the plate seems more menacing than what the Cubs have at the plate.

          I totally believe if the Cubs can stay "around" .500 baseball until July, we could catch fire and make a push once the big dogs return.

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