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The case against bringing Dakota Mekkes to the major leagues in 2018

The 2016 draft pick should spend another year in the minor leagues.

In MLB these days, bullpens are a churn-fest. While teams at the MLB level struggle to find the eight- to 12-reliever bullpen that’s needed to survive the season, successful options from the upper minors get chances regularly. Since my mindset is the Cubs pipeline, you might think the Cubs ought to “promote from within” with Dakota Mekkes this season. However, due to baseball’s rules, Mekkes’ time probably should be delayed until 2019.

Mekkes, for those who don’t know, was a 10th-round choice by the Cubs out of Michigan State in 2016. In his travels through the minor league affiliate levels, the 6-7 reliever hasn’t struggled much. Relying more on deception than velocity, Mekkes’ career MiLB WHIP is right around 1. His ERA in his minor league career is an absurd 1.19.

He’s currently in Triple-A Iowa, and has represented at that level, as well. If league rules didn’t get in the way, promoting Mekkes soon would make sense. However, MLB does have rules, and those rules provide a disincentive to calling up Makkes this season.

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Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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