This is part six (of eight planned) of this running series where I take a look back at the future Cubs represented in the 2010 Pro Debut. You can view previous posts here:
Part One - Ryan Flaherty and Brett Jackson
Part Two - DJ LeMahieu and Brooks Raley
Part Three - Chris Archer and Hak-Ju Lee
Part Four - Rebel Ridling and Trey McNutt
Part Five - Welington Castillo and Jay Jackson
Here's a feel good, hometown boy makes good story I'm still waiting to play out. David Cales was born in Chicago, went to a Chicago high school and St. Xavier University in Orland Park, Illinois. So when he was drafted by the local Chicago Cubs in the 24th round of the 2008 draft, most people would consider that a pretty good story. And it is. But in your early twenties, you still have your whole career ahead of you so the story isn't over. The down side isthat he grew up in the south side of Chicago and in fact, his mom worked (still works?) for the White Sox.
He played in three different levels in 2009, including one game at Triple-A Iowa, where he is shown on the card above. He split 2010 between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa and even earned a spot on the Southern League midseason All-Star team.
He ran into some shoulder problems so after surgery in 2011, Cales spent most of 2012 rehabbing. He began 2013 with the high Single-A Daytona Cubs but was released in May. But to keep the feel good aspect of this story, Cales was signed by the White Sox shortly after and is currently with their Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons.
Next up is another potential feel good story waiting to be played out, Casey Coleman. Along with his former Cubs pitcher father, Joe Coleman and former Major League pitcher grandfather (also) Joe Coleman, they are the fourth three generation baseball family.
Casey has been shuttling back and forth between the Iowa Cubs and the Chicago Cubs since 2010, although he has yet to make a big league appearance this season. And unless something changes, he is not currently on the 40-man roster so he probably won't.
He began his career as a starter but this season was primarily used out of the bullpen. The verdict is still out on whether this will further his career with the organization. Everybody knows the Cubs can use help in all aspects of the pitching game!