Cubs reliever Jason Adam had a really bad day at work on Sunday.
Adam had thrown reasonably well over his first seven outings of 2021: 2.70 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, .174 opponents BA, 10 strikeouts in 6⅔ innings.
Sunday? Uh... not so much. Adam faced six hitters and retired none. Three of them had hits, two were walked and Adam hit the sixth. Five of them scored, making Adam’s ERA 9.45 and his WHIP 1.950. His opponents BA went up to .269. He threw 27 pitches (14 strikes).
And so, the Cubs are giving him a break from major league pitching for a while. After Sunday’s game they optioned him to the team’s alternate site at South Bend.
Replacing Adam on the 26-man active roster is Trevor Megill, who has yet to pitch in the big leagues:
Cubs: RHP Jason Adam optioned to South Bend alt site. RHP Trevor Megill selected. RHP Rowan Wick moved to the 60-day IL.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 26, 2021
Megill was a Rule 5 pick of the Cubs in December 2019 from the Padres organization, where he was that team’s seventh-round pick in 2015. He appeared in spring training games for the Cubs in 2020, but spent the rest of the year at the alternate site. He also appeared in some spring training games this past March. This year in Spring Training Megill pitched in nine games with a 4.32 ERA and 1.320 WHIP. He walked two and struck out 12 in 8⅓ innings.
When he makes his MLB debut, Megill will join Brad Wieck, Kameron Loe and Chris Volstad as the tallest pitcher in Cubs history. He’s 6-foot-8.