Movie Review Well After Release – Rookie of The Year – Steve’s Scouting Report on Cubs prospect Henry Rowengartner

Published Steve Hombaker on Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Since we’ll be breaking down the film Rookie Of The Year in episode 23, we wanted to give you the scouting report on Cubs prospect Henry Rowengartner:

After washing out of Little League as an OF, Rowengartner suffered a serious injury and transitioned to pitching. Rowengartner was able to secure a tryout where he reportedly touched 103 on the gun. He was signed to a contract by the Cubs, who fast tracked him to the show.

Rowengartner generates his velocity with a high effort, arm reliant delivery that will be difficult to repeat. His fastball is clearly his best pitch, grading out at an 80 but he will need to develop a secondary offering to stay in the bigs and prove that he’s not a one trick pony.

There have been serious questions about his makeup. He’s noted as a disruption in the clubhouse and on the field. He’s been in several verbal altercations with opposing players, including the famous “Pitcher’s got a big butt.” incident.

Synopsis: A high upside power arm that will be boom or bust. Rowengartner could be a mainstay on the Cubs roster for years to come, or could flame out after one pennant run. He’ll need significant work with his pitching coach (Brickma) and his mentor Chet Steadman in order to flourish.

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Patrick was born on a frigid midwestern night and was poised for radio success. From a young age he was told he was built for radio and the future of the medium. Some scholars say his ancestors are direct descendants of the Norse god Odin and pop legend Fergie. Along with graduating magna cum laude from Subway U he is thought to be the father of the modern day panini. In his spare time he enjoys moderate distance walks on the beach, debating whether his personality is more of Diddy or Jermaine Dupri, and the musical stylings of Fastball.

Steve Hombaker


Steve was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago (excellent). His achievements include multiple Waukegan City Softball Championships, a robust 180 bowling average, and a 2nd place finish in his 5th grade geography bee. He is believed to have one of the largest collections of stadium souvenir cups in the lower 48 states. In 2015 he loaded up his wagon with supplies, floated across several rivers, and settled on a nice homestead in California (Oregon is SOOOO 1843). Likes: breakfast cereals, dystopian fiction, constructive feedback Dislikes: ham salad, CBS sitcoms, vigorous stretching.

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