Sisco's Route in question
Jerry Crasnick wrote an article for ESPN about Andy Sisco, the former Cubs LHP prospect. Some notes from the article, Sisco invigorated by new chapter in life (ESPN.com, March 11, 2005) follow:
- Sisco was apparently pretty excited to be rule 5 drafted by the Royals over the offseason.
- Sisco, who is 6' 9" dropped from 300 to 265 pounds coming into camp this spring.
- Last season, Sisco's velocity was down to the high 80s and he went 4-10 at Daytona. This year, in spring training, Sisco is throwing in the mid 90s.
- He had broken his hand in 2003 by punching the dugout wall after a frustrating outing... sort of like Kevin Brown... or Kyle Farnsworth's knee for that matter.
- Sisco is a bit cerebral. He actually reads (OMG!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? HOLY COW!). Sisco has gone through phases including Harry Potter, Dan Brown, classical literature, and religion. (Yes, I only included that because I love Harry Potter.)
- "We're going to do everything we can to keep this guy," Said (Royals) general manager Allan Baird.
- "I want to earn that spot and keep it not because I'm a Rule 5 pick, but because I'm the best guy for that job in this organization," Sisco said. "I want them to want me here."
I guess it might be a bit selfish of Cubs fans to expect that Sisco wouldn't want to succeed where he is, but I was kind of thinking that would be nice.
I guess thats just naivete. Sure, why would a guy want to return to an organization with so much pitching talent ahead of him?
Well, winning maybe... but at this point in his career, he's probably just worried about sticking in the bigs.
So, how is he doing this spring?
3 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 5 K
0.00 ERA, 0.333 WHIP, 15 K/9, 5 K/BB, 3 BB/9
Disclaimer: Incredibly small sample size
It cost the Royals $50,000 to draft Sisco in the Rule 5 draft. If they drop him from the big league roster at any point this season, the Cubs can claim him back for $25,000.