Cubs pitching prospect Mike Billek will be the first to tell you that he was doing a lot of things wrong at the start of the year at Class-A Peoria. On top of it all, he was pitching in the cold temperatures of the midwest for the first time in his career.
But a move to the bullpen was just what the doctor ordered. A supplemental third-round pick from the University of Central Florida
last year, the 22-year-old right-hander gave up 19 runs in three appearances from the starting rotation in Peoria to open up the season.
He was moved to the bullpen, where he subsequently went 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 10 appearances totaling 17 2/3 innings.
Billek was promoted to Class High-A Daytona earlier this week, where the Florida native returned to the starting rotation. He plans to stay there.
(Editor's Note: Please forgive the tardiness with of interview. Initially, we had planned to publish this earlier in the week prior to draft coverage. Actual interview was conducted Monday.)