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Chicago is Hayden Wesneski’s kind of town.
The right-hander, traded by the New York Yankees to the Cubs ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline for right-hander Scott Effross, is getting a chance to stick in Chicago’s starting rotation.
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The Cubs called up Wesneski two weeks ago and used him out of the bullpen. But on Saturday, Chicago manager David Ross tapped Wesneski to start against the Colorado Rockies, and the 24-year-old responded by giving up one run in seven innings of work while striking out eight. So the Chicago Sun-Times reports Ross is “pretty sure” Wesneski will make at least one more start.
“We see his potential as a starter,” pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said, pointing to the trade that sent sidearmer Scott Effross to the Yankees for Wesneski. “That’s why we made that trade. We saw what he could do in the future, a rotation piece who can pitch deep into games. And he did that last outing, obviously. So, for me, the plan is to try to keep him on that as much as possible.”
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Wesneski has made three appearances this month for the Cubs, posting an impressive 2.30 ERA in 15.2 innings of work.
Wesneski is the Cubs’ No. 12 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
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