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Newest Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood is a legit breakout candidate

Newest Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood is a legit breakout candidate

The Cubs quest for pitching help has led them to the signing of Tyler Chatwood. He projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter for the Cubs, who lost Jake Arietta and John Lackey to free agency.

Last season Chatwood was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances (25 starts) for the Colorado Rockies last season. He finished with a 4.69 ERA while moving in and out of the starting rotation, and his 77 walks were fourth-highest in the majors.

Since 2016, Chatwood is tied with Washington's Stephen Strasburg for the second-best road ERA in the NL at 2.57.

Chatwood passes the age test with his 28th birthday coming next weekend, and his GB% and road numbers suggest that he will be a fine addition in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

More runs were scored at Coors Field than any other park in 2017, per ESPN. He registered a 6.01 ERA and allowed foes to hit.302 at Coors Field last season. His career high is 158 innings and he has twice undergone Tommy John surgery.

The former second-round pick (2008) made his big-league debut as a 21-year-old in 2011 and was ranked the game's No. 76 prospect by Baseball America prior to that season.

Chatwood will join Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Jose Quintana in the team's rotation. Mike Montgomery will once again prepare as a starter in spring training and fill a rotation role as needed.

Like any free agent signing, Chatwood is far from ideal.


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