The financial crisis imposed by the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in dozens of minor league players getting released by their respective MLB clubs. Though this wave was viewed as draconian by most fans, some clubs simply didn't have the resources to continue making payments.
When it comes to the Chicago Cubs, however, it appears that they were less than honest with one of their youngsters.
Jordan Minch, who was drafted by the organization in the 35th round of the 2014 Draft, took to Twitter on Sunday night to blast Chicago for how they handled his role. The Purdue product claims the team promised him a spot on the "taxi squad," but went back on its word when the time came to make that decision. He's now looking for new employment in the fall.
Minch has been a part of the Cubs farm system for six seasons, and didn't really find his groove until 2018, when he was promoted to Double-A Tennessee. In 27 appearances, he posted a 3.98 ERA and 26 strikeouts. He even got a brief taste of Triple-A before heading to the Arizona Fall League, where he was named an All-Star after logging a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings of work.
That improvement prompted Chicago's pitching department to tell Minch that he was closing in on being MLB ready. However, the 26-year-old failed to receive a non-roster invite to Spring Training.
Minch concluded his lengthy tweet by hinting that he plans to pursue a different career come the fall. We'd hate to see a guy give up on his potential so early, but this proves how severely the Cubs messed with the former Boilermaker's mindset.