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Ugly start for Cubs’ $6 million signee Gerardo Concepcion

Apr 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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Gerardo Concepcion failed to make it out of the first inning in his start at low Single-A today, getting knocked around for seven runs.

Concepcion signed a five-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs in March after defecting from Cuba, but the 20-year-old left-hander has now allowed 12 runs through his first 5.2 innings against Midwest League hitters.

Two bad starts hardly doom him, but when the Cubs signed Concepcion many prospect analysts were shocked by the price tag and the assumption was that Theo Epstein and company decided to overspend before the collective bargaining agreement’s new rules on international spending kicked in.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Let him develop, this isn’t a red flag. They likely overpaid but we’re years away from being able to analyze the deal.

  2. psousa1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I’m sure Theo is trying to blame Larry Luchinno for this……………

    • paperlions - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      I’d be curious to see any evidence whatsoever that Theo has blamed Luchinno for anything, ever. Given, there is plenty of media-driven gossip, but the guy has never blamed anyone for anything….elements of the Boston media have certainly done that…but I’d be surprised if you can find a single quote from Epstein in which he blames anyone for anything.

  3. baseballisboring - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    This was kind of a head scratcher when they signed him…his numbers in Cuba were nothing special. But Theo has a good track record of developing minor league talent, they must’ve seen something…and he’s only 20. Wouldn’t start panicking yet.

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