Dallas Beeler was sent to the Arizona Fall League by the Cubs in 2013. He did well enough to put his name at the forefront of "Cubs injury-replacement starter" at Triple-A Iowa, and he produced decently at Iowa (3.40 ERA, 1.158 WHIP in 20 starts),. Around midseason he made two starts for the big-league Cubs.
One of those outings, in the first game of the split DH against the Nationals June 28, was quite good: six innings, one unearned run, six strikeouts. He got outdueled by Gio Gonzalez, who was nearly unhittable that day. The other start, July 9 in Cincinnati, wasn't as good -- five innings, six hits, four earned runs. Beeler wasn't recalled to the Cubs in September.
He'll be 26 in June and is likely to be in the Iowa rotation again. Can Beeler ever become even a fifth-starter type in the major leagues? Or even a decent middle reliever? Or, is he on target to be a DFA candidate?
It's a slow post-convention Sunday. Discuss.