While the Chicago Cubs may not have much to play for in the division standings, September baseball is an important opportunity for some of the franchise's top prospects.
One Cubs rookie, pitcher Hayden Wesneski, took every ounce of that opportunity on Wednesday when he made his MLB debut during a 9-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Wesneski actually made franchise and league history with this very first outing.
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According to Cubs insider Jordan Bastian (via the club), Wesneski became the first reliever in MLB history to log 5+ shutout innings without allowing more than two hits, and at least eight strikeouts, in his debut.
As Bastian mentioned, that's "a lot of qualifiers" but impressive for any rookie.
Wesneski entered the contest after starter Wade Miley allowed a pair of earned runs (three total) in four innings. It was pure dominance from there.
The former New York Yankees prospect tossed 61 pitches over five frames, striking out a total of eight batters and allowing just three base runners (2 hits, 1 walk). He also nailed 43 pitches in the strike zone (70%) and tallied 12 strikes looking at his impressive arsenal of pitches.
Wesneski joined the franchise during the trade deadline as part of the Scott Effross deal with New York. He received his official call-up from Triple-A on Monday.
This ended up being a savvy move from the Cubs considering Wesneski is already ranked No. 12 on the franchise's list of top prospects.
Chicago is back in action on Wednesday against the Reds and enters that contest as -148 moneyline favorites, according to MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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