By Todd Johnson
Dylan Cease threw a six inning no-hitter last night and it was not a surprise. No one in the stands, or on the Internet, was surprised in the least that the young 21-year-old righty could accomplish such a feat. He walked three and struck out seven while throwing 92 pitches.
He did not look to be laboring or stressed at any point in the game. It was all free and easy between 93 and 96 miles an hour. His curveball was coming in at 72. That’s a little unfair to a hitter.
After the game, Cease told Stephe Cabe the following:
“I just wanted to be aggressive, I thought they had a lot of big swingers so I wanted to attack them in specific ways, but for the most part it was the same aggressive attack.”
I really liked how he attacked hitters with two strikes last night. He used his fastball just as much as his curve to get outs, which I really enjoyed. He needs to keep them guessing.
He also needs to work on his changeup and on being more efficient. It would be great if he could get into the seventh-inning on a regular basis. The key to that will be fastball command. On the other hand, it’s hard for a strikeout pitcher and not be a strikeout pitcher. Maybe “who he is” is what we saw last night.
After the game, I think this tweet kind of summed up what some of us might be thinking.
@CubsCentral08 No way he makes it here all summer lol, all I hope is Albertos replaces him when he leaves
— Cory Alan (@CDub1519) April 20, 2017
If Cease does go to Myrtle Beach, he still does need to develop the changeup to get to AA. He could not survive as a two-pitch pitcher for the Smokies. There is no question of that in my mind. On the other hand, it would not surprise me to see him in Kodak at some point this year.
With all that being said, I would still like to see how Cease does against some of the top teams in the Midwest League before he moves. That will probably take four or five more starts. That would be in the middle of May. It seems as though his career at the South Bend Cubs will end with the phrase, “Dylan, we hardly knew ye!” Or, maybe we did and that is why he is moving on so quickly.