The Cubs won a seven-game World Series last year without a homegrown pitcher throwing a single pitch, but a next generation of arms finally is nearing Chicago. That development made it easier to trade righthander Dylan Cease—who still has to master three more minor league levels while also staying healthy—in the Jose Quintana deal with the White Sox.
“It's been a really good year for pitching development in our system," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. “We are excited about certain guys on the way here."
The Cubs are starting to see returns on their seven-figure investment in Taiwanese righthander Jen-Ho Tseng, who graduated from Double-A Southern League all-star to the Triple-A Iowa rotation at age 22.