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Ascanio Has Familiar Look

Ascanio can bring it

The one name that Cubs Scouting Director Tim Wilken referenced last week when describing newly acquired 22-year-old minor league pitcher Jose Ascanio is a name that few have forgotten.

"You've got a slender, athletic pitcher, about 6-foot-1, 175," Wilken said of Ascanio from the Winter Meetings in Nashville on Wednesday. "And the question was asked, is he like Juan Cruz?" Memories of Cruz in a Cubs uniform are not universally fond. There was the Juan Cruz who came of age in the Cubs' system and once had all the promise of becoming a future star and long-term starter. But...

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