Report: Cubs to call up pitching prospect Ben Brown – Sports News (Trending Perfect)


Report: Cubs to call up pitching prospect Ben Brown Originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

After the Chicago Cubs faced a very difficult distribution in their first game of the season after Justin Steele was out with a left hamstring injury, fans on the North Side will now get a look at one of the team's top prospects.

According to a report from FanSided's Robert Murray, the Cubs are calling up right-handed pitcher Ben Brown, the team's No. 10 player.

Brown is supposed to take Steele's spot on the roster, who is almost certainly headed to the injured list.

Although it is unknown if Brown will take Steele's place in the rotation or if other adjustments will be made to the pitching staff, Brown has spent some time as a starter and reliever during his minor league career.

Now 24, Brown split last season between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, posting an 8-8 record with a 4.27 ERA over 26 games and 19 starts.

Brown's excellent spring training likely contributed to him getting a big-league opportunity, as he posted an excellent 0.64 ERA over five games and started two that spring training, surrendering just one run in 14 innings with five walks and 12 strikeouts.

With Steele expected to miss time, Brown is just one of many pitchers the Cubs will turn to as they look to exercise their organizational depth that has been viewed as a strength in recent years.

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