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2021 Cubs spring training: Even more pitcher workout video

A few more Cubs pitchers and their preparations for the season.

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Cubs pitcher and catcher workouts continued Friday at the team’s Sloan Park complex in Mesa, Arizona.

In the video below, you can see workouts by Zach Davies, Andrew Chafin, Craig Kimbrel, Jake Arrieta, Adbert Alzolay and Brad Wieck, along with catchers Willson Contreras and Austin Romine.

Regarding Kimbrel... well, I think it’s safe to say that most of us don’t have many fond memories of Kimbrel’s first two seasons with the Cubs, although he did pitch pretty well at the end of the season. In his last 14 appearances: 12⅔ innings, four hits allowed, seven walks, 26 strikeouts, 1.42 ERA, 0.868 WHIP, .098 opponents BA. Small sample size, but at least it gives some hope that Kimbrel could recover to his pre-2019 level of excellence.

Here’s what Kimbrel had to say about the past:

This chart shows one of the reasons he had that September success:

If Kimbrel and Brandon Workman can get back to what they were doing when they were Red Sox teammates in 2018, this could be a very successful season for the Chicago Cubs. And as you see on the video, he’s brought back the beard, but not to the length it was in 2019:

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Given Kimbrel’s performance in 2019, that’s probably a good thing.

The weather has been spectacularly good in the Valley of the Sun, although as you can see from some parts of the video, a bit cool in the mornings. Temperatures could hit 80 by early next week. (Yes, at some point it’ll warm up in the Midwest, too.)

I will bring you more video from camp as it becomes available.