Posted by: Chris | September 23, 2010

There’s Always One Player…

Every year, no matter how the Cubs are doing, their always seems to be one guy who shows so much promise this year, but then never quite figures out how to repeat their success the following year, when it really matters.

Last year, that player was Randy Wells. He had a great rookie season going 12-10 with an ERA under 4 for a team that finished second. Now this year, becoming the number 3 starter, Wells has never quite been as consistent as he was last year. He’s either really good and completely dominates the other team, or he struggles and gives up 5 or 6 runs by the 5th inning. Hopefully this is just a sophomore slump and Wells will be able to come back next year and return to form. He has shown signs of becoming a good middle-end rotation pitcher, and I think he will only get better as he progresses.

So as I look at all the young talent the Cubs have playing now, I can’t help but wonder who that guy will be come 2011. Starlin Castro looks like the real deal (knock on wood) So I don’t think it will be him, and we really haven’t seen enough of Andrew Cashner to determine what he will be like, so my gut tells me it will be Tyler Colvin. Colvin has been amazing this year going all the way back to spring training where he hit over .400 right now he’s tied for most homers by a rookie with 20, but is done for the season after getting hit by that bat against the Marlins. He has shown excellent power from the left side, something the Cubs have been missing, but his plate discipline needs work and that leads me to believe that once teams get a scouting report on him, he will start to fade.

Hopefully that isn’t the case, as I like Tyler Colvin alot, but it always seems to happen every year…

Do other teams have this problem or is it just a Cubs thing?


  1. I think that’s an issue with every team. In 2008 for the Mets, it was Daniel Murphy. Last year, it was Omir Santos, though most everyone could tell it was going to happen. This year, I think we’re over-valuing Ruben Tejada, but I hope that Ike Davis and Jon Niese are for real.

  2. You might be right, even though he has put up nice numbers, there is no buzz about him

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