Boy, the Cubs really want to string us along when it comes to getting a look at their top pitching prospects. David Ross told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s doubleheader that 31-year-old Luke Farrell is in line to start Wednesday night against the Cardinals, though that could change based on how things play out.
Cubs manager David Ross said Luke Farrell is the tentative starter for Wednesday. But Ross said he wants to see how today’s doubleheader goes before locking that in.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 23, 2022
Farrell is in his second stint with the Cubs after appearing in 20 big league games back in 2018. He rejoined the organization earlier this season on a minor league deal and has made 11 starts out of 17 total appearances for the Iowa Cubs. Farrell has a 5.03 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 28 walks in that time, which is more or less in keeping with what he’s done over 87.2 MLB innings.
There will have to be a corresponding move because Farrell isn’t on the 40-man roster, but it feels like this will also be a short-lived promotion. Barring a very surprising turn of events, the righty won’t factor in the Cubs’ future plans and will likely be DFA’d to make room for Wesneski or another pitcher to come up.