In case you haven't figured it out already, as important as baseball games are to me, music is my version of therapy. Sometimes I'm up for symphonic or operatic strains. Other days, garage music is the satellite option. One night a week, at least, I'll catch up on the blues podcast I frequent. However, until I returned to my musical roots, I'd mentally written this about eight times with no success. Which song?
Before I get there, I did some research on Tony Campana, as there were some facts about him I wasn't totally clear on. Campana was the Cubs' choice in the 13th round of the 2008 MLB draft. According to baseball-reference.com, two others from that round have played in the majors, with Campana being the most successful of the trio. To make room for Campana Arizona moved Daniel Hudson to the 60-day disabled list. Since the 60-day is now in play, the Cubs could actually add someone to the 40-man roster by placing Arodys Vizcaino on that list. There is a possibility that Campana might not outplay all the Diamondbacks non-roster invitees, and get run through waivers again before the season starts. No, I'm not calling it, just stating the possibility.
As for the right-handed arms coming to the Cubs, much has already been written. If you haven't watched already, The Cubs Den has some video of both Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo, both 17-year-olds from Venezuela. Castillo signed for a larger bonus ($250,000), but Leal ($75,000) had a better 2012 campaign. Someone at The Cub Reporter floated that both might be with the Cubs' new Venezuelan Summer League team. While that could turn out to be true, I don't see Leal improving much on a sub - 1.00 WHIP, so I think he'll soon be Mesa-bound. He seems to be of the Matt Garza fielding school, with three errors in twelve pro chances. Castillo may come in handy in Venezuela, as the Cubs used to rotate players between their two Dominican League squads. I doubt the team wants many flights from the Dominican to Venezuela for a two-inning relief stint, so having starting pitching options aplenty in both locales will be beneficial.
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