Cubs Arizona Fall League player profile: Justin Steele

Here’s a Cubs pitching prospect who just might make it.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Though the big-league Cubs season has ended, there’s still Cubs-related baseball this year. Eight Cubs prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Tuesday, and Tim will be presenting profiles of all the Cubs players on the Solar Sox before game action begins.

I was listening that night. Justin Steele had put up 12 successive 2017 starts with three or fewer earned runs. After a couple of “stone in the shoe” outings, he was on point during his August 1 start. He hadn’t allowed a hit, and had snapped one of his best breaking balls of the season. However, something wasn’t right. A pitcher doesn’t want to pull himself out when he’s pitching well. Broadcaster Scott Kornberg used the line nobody ever wants to hear. “Here comes the manager… along with the trainer.” Steele’s season was finished.

Steele’s resurgence was among the reasons that I think the narrative of the “Cubs pipeline is rather weak” is well overplayed. Steele isn’t likely to be a Top 100 type, ever. For instance, Kyle Freeland was never considered a major …Read the Rest

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