You’ll have a hard time finding Javier Assad, a right-handed pitcher, on any old prospect lists.
Assad hadn’t gained much attention outside the Chicago Cubs organization while in the minors because he doesn’t own the eye-catching stuff that becomes notable when a player works his way up the system.
Assad has been a valuable asset to the Cubs because he consistently produces quality performances, despite the Cubs’ excellent defense. He entered Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 1.95 ERA and .212 average against in his five starts over the last month.
Assad, 26 years old, is a perfect example of a player who has an opportunity to return to the team that first signed him when he was merely a teenager from Mexico.
“We focus so much on prospects that there’s a ton of guys down there trying to prove everyday who they are and that they’re worthy of being big leaguers and staying,” manager David Ross said Thursday. “Javy’s one of those great stories for sure.”
Assad gave up three runs in five and a third innings on seven hits, a single walk and seven hits.
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