Randy Wells Looking to Build on Strong Rookie Campaign

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Lou

Cubs Giants Baseball

What a year for rookie starting pitcher Randy Wells.  Wells was the biggest surprise for the Cubs during a miserable, disappointing 2009 MLB schedule.  Wells tied Ted Lilly for the club lead in wins with 12 victories and he led the team with a sparkling 3.05 ERA – 10th best in the National League.  18 of his 27 starts were quality starts and his 1.28 WHIP was stellar in a season in which he logged 165 1/3 innings pitched.  He had 104 strikeouts with just 46 walks and seemed to pitch with the poise and confidence of a veteran who had been in the league for 5 or 6 years.  His efforts were rewarded as he finished in 6th place in the race for National League Rookie of the Year – an award his teammate Geovany Soto won in 2008.

So how will Wells fit into the Cubs picture for 2010?  Right now, Wells will start the season as the Cubs 4th starter behind Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly.  Wells has already indicated that he won’t go too crazy this off-season with a different workout regimen or anything.  Right now, Wells is focused on golfing a little bit, resting up and gearing up for the 2010 MLB season: “I’ll take some time off and do things a little differently this year.  I’ll start playing light catch through the offseason.  Nothing extravagant or anything.  I’ll do my weights and keep my range of motion.  I’ll start thinking about it pretty early.  I probably won’t get cranked up until mid January.  By January 1, I’ll start throwing.”

Wells has gotta be a little tired after pitching a full season for the Cubs in 2009.  He seemed to stay fairly strong and consistent down the stretch and his control was never really an issue – a great asset for a young pitcher.  Let’s just hope Wells stays healthy and focused during the off-season and comes ready to pitch on a full-time basis right off the bat in 2010.  Another good year from Wells could help the Cubs make a push to regain the NL Central Division crown from the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2010 MLB schedule…

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