CHICAGO OFF SEASON MOVES
The Mob had an excess of pitching going into the off season and decided to spend some of it. When Jarrod Saltalamacchia became available this catching poor team jumped on it, sending Eric Stults and fan favorite Alex Presley to Memphis. In another deal, Chicago sent Dillon Gee to McHenry for Jaime Garcia and a 2015 3rd round pick. A risky move for sure, made even more ominous as Garcia has experienced problems with his surgically repaired labrum. So with these deals, Chicago has basically filled all of its positions and can concentrate on drafting pitching, both starter and relief, in the early rounds.
MOB SELECTS HOUSTON STARTER BRETT OBERHOLTZER WITH LUCKY PICK #13
Chicago had it's eyes realistically on Garritt Cole, Sonny Gray and Hyun-Jin Ryu but they were all taken. Brett Oberholtzer was next on the list. He was in the Houston bullpen to start his major league career and was stinking it up. An injury to starter Erik Bedard forced manager Bo Porter to start Brett and he responded by tossing 7 innings of shutout ball allowing only 3 hits. From then on he was in the rotation and figures to be their number 1 or 2 starter in 2014. Fred and I are hoping we have another Matt Harvey on our hands, sans the rotator cuff.
CHICAGO TAKES TANNER ROARK WITH THEIR 2ND PICK
Tanner Roark (pronounced ROE ark) was at the top of our wish list for round 2. As with Oberholtzer, Roark had a spectacular late 2013 going 7 - 1 with a 0.93 WHIP for the Nationals. What we have read says he will be battling for the #5 spot in the Washington roatation but has the upper hand due to his experience. We hope to get a good 10 starts out of him, but he may go to the bullpen depending on how the rest of the draft goes. He is also a local guy, sort of, from Wilmington, Illinois just southwest of Chicago. About as far SW as I am NW of Chicago.