Jackson and Coleman Next Up for the Cubs Bullpen?

According to a report from the Tribune, Casey Coleman and Jay Jackson “could get the call to take over for struggling relievers” Justin Berg and Esmailin Caridad.

Casey Coleman was in big league camp during Spring Training and Jay Jackson made a couple of appearances with the Cubs as a call-up from minor league camp. Coleman and Jackson are starters for the Iowa Cubs.

The Tribune indicated both pitchers “could be in Cubs’ uniforms soon.”

Casey Coleman is 2-3 in six starts with a 3.72 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Coleman has given up 29 hits with seven walks in 38 2/3 innings. Coleman has recorded 19 strikeouts and teams have hit .210 against him.

Coleman has a future in the backend of a rotation but does not project as a reliever.

Jay Jackson has the same 2-3 record as Coleman but with a slightly lower ERA. Jackson has started five of his six games this season and has struck out 22 with just eight walks in 35 innings (2.31 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP). Jackson has surrendered only 22 hits and held opponents to a .180 average.

Baseball America ranked Jackson the Cubs’ fifth best prospect prior to the season. Jackson projects as a starter at the big league level and not a reliever.

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