Lefty RP Tim Collins was added to the Cubs’ active roster on April 10th following SP Jon Lester’s placement on the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring sustained during the home opener versus the Pirates. Collins was a non-roster invitee to the Minnesota Twins’ spring training camp and was signed to a minor-league deal by the Cubs in a depth move after being released by Minnesota. He made his debut for the Northsiders the same day he was added to the active roster, pitching a scoreless top of the 9th inning, allowing 1 hit and giving up a base on balls in the Cubs’ 5-2 loss to the Bucs.
Collins made his debut with the Kansas City Royals on March 31, 2011, pitching in 3 full seasons and part of a 4th through 2014. Following the 2014 season, Collins needed to undergo two Tommy John surgeries for elbow damage. He was able to regain mid-90s velocity and returned to MLB action with the Washington Nationals in 2018, with 22.2 IP over 38 games.
This new face could bring a lot of upside to the Cubs if he is able to stay healthy, as he has a career ERA of 3.62 (ERA+ 115) and an SO9 of 9.3. Command has been an issue, as he has a 5.1 BB9, similar to demoted RP Carl Edwards Jr. (5.2).
The southpaw is listed at a height of 5’7″, one inch taller than the Houston Astros’ one-time American League MVP second baseman JosÃ© Altuve, which did not go unnoticed by fans on Twitter.
Times are so tough for the Cubs that a literal child is pitching. pic.twitter.com/eFx0polbSI
â?? Robert O’Neill (@RobertONeill31) April 11, 2019
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