It’s becoming more clear Jeff Samardzija is on the Cubs roster because he’s out of minor league options.
I figure that doesn’t come as a surprise to most Cubs fans who have watched Samardzija pitch for any length of time, including his 2.0 IP and 9.00 ERA in 2011.
I have my doubts Jeff will last through May, let alone April, on the Cubs roster. His inability to improve has me leaning towards trading the young right-hander. Maybe it’s not too late to get something good in return?
I’ve always been puzzled by Samardzija’s inability to throw strikes. Despite a heavy fastball and wicked breaking pitches, they rarely land in the strike zone.
He consistently falls behind hitters, walks too many batters and is far too predictable with his pitch selection. National League hitters agree…
Since posting a (1-0) record and 2.28 in his rookie season of 2008, Samardzija’s ERA has skied to 7.53 in 2009 and 8.38 in 2010. And following the All Star break last year his number actually got worse. So much for improvement.
It’s not that I’m rooting against Jeff–it’s tough watching the kid struggle–but it’s apparent he’s still not major league ready. Now the question is, will he ever be?