Love Letters From Pronk is an ongoing series where Pronk shares his love for somebody connected to the Cubs. Sometimes funny, sometimes weird, Pronk likes to make 100% sure people know that they are loved, and best expresses that through gushing letters. Today's pick: Manny Rodríguez
Manny Rodríguez is an up and coming pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. After a couple of Mexican League seasons as a teenager, the Cubs scooped him up in 2016 as a free agent. He spent all of 2017-2019 in A ball - three whole seasons moving around from Eugene to South Bend to Myrtle Beach. 2020 was the lost year. He started 2021 in AA, and pitched well, then went to Iowa and pitched in 7 games with 8 baserunners, and 0 earned runs. Then what do you know, he's in the show. And appearing on Pitching Ninja!
Welcome to the show! Congrats on a solid debut, your first save, and making it on Pitching Ninja. Talk about a great first week! It won't get much better than that.
Way to hang tough throughout your minor league career. Three years in A-ball is rough, and followed up with a lost year is also a challenge. But you hung tough. This year you accelerated through the upper minors. Your nasty pitches have been noteworthy, and I'm glad you are getting recognized!
Have a good rest of the year!