It has been a long time since Pedro Strop was a mainstay in the Chicago Cubs bullpen. But that does not necessarily mean he is done.
In fact, Strop has made it clear that he is looking to return. He posted a video of himself throwing on Saturday, simply saying “I want to come back.” Considering the state of bullpens around baseball, he may have a chance.
Former Chicago Cubs reliever just needs an opportunity
Strop has not seen extensive time in the majors since 2019. He had posted 4.97 ERA and a 1.272 WHiP in his 41.2 innings that season, striking out 49 batters with 20 walks. While those numbers were not great, he was able to make six appearances in the majors over the following two years, walking eight batters in his 4.1 innings as his velocity disappeared.
But Strop never gave up. He has spent the last two offseasons in the Dominican Winter League, attempting to work himself into shape. He had posted a 3.80 ERA and a 1.437 WHiP in his 23.2 innings, striking out 26 batters with 12 walks. It may not have been pretty at times, but Strop had performed relatively well.
It is fair to wonder if a return is in the cards. Strop is going to turn 38 years old next month and is four years removed from his last extensive time in the majors. However, other pitchers have returned in their late 30s. Daniel Bard was able to find his way back from a seven year absence at 35 years old to become a solid closer. Maybe, just maybe, Strop has a second act left as well. He just needs the chance to prove it.
Former Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop is looking to make a comeback. Maybe he can get that chance – stranger things have happened.