Chicago Cubs: Why It’s Time to Admit That Trey McNutt Is a Relief Pitcher

April 29, 2012 by  

After a brilliant 2010 campaign that saw 2009 32nd-round draft pick Trey McNutt climb all the way to AA Tennessee with a sparkling 2.48 ERA for the year, many wanted to believe that McNutt was a future ace.

This belief permeated through the Cubs' organization so much that the team held on to McNutt over Chris Archer in the Matt Garza trade.

The next season, neither McNutt nor Archer did particularly well while Garza shined. This season, McNutt is off to a brilliant start, having given up only one earned run through his first four starts, to the tune of a 0.61 ERA.

There's a catch to that, though. Those four starts have only seen McNutt log 14.2 in...

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