In our latest look at the Cubs top minor league prospects, pitcher John Gaub will be continuing his development this fall in the Arizona Fall League. Gaub was one of 3 pitchers that the Cubs acquired last November in exchange for clubhouse and fan favorite Mark DeRosa. While there are still a lot of people upset with Jim Hendry for making the move – especially since it was done to free salary so that the Cubs could sign overrated trouble-maker Milton Bradley in the failed Milton Bradley experiment – at least the players brought over are showing that they are major league caliber players who may be playing on the north side for years to come.
Gaub made 52 appearances in the Cubs minor league system in 2009. In 26 games at Double-A Tennessee, Gaub compiled a 2.83 ERA. IN 26 games at Triple-A Iowa, Gaub was even better with a 1.72 ERA. At the Triple-A level, teams batted just .172 against him. The solid showing so far means that Gaub might even vie for a bullpen spot on the Cubs roster in 2010.
Jeff Stevens was another pitcher who came over from the Indians in the DeRosa trade. Stevens started off well giving up just 2 hits and no runs in his 1st 4 2/3 innings pitched. He hit a rough stretch where he gave up 9 ER over just 2 2/3 in 3 consecutive appearances, but bounced back by giving up just 1 ER over his final 4 1/3 innings pitched at the end of the season.
GM Jim Hendry and Manager Lou Pinella have confidence that Stevens and Gaub will be able to help the Cubs at the major league level in short order…