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.
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(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.)
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.
A third-round supplmental pick from last season, Billek is up to High Class-A.