MESA, Ariz. - Chicago now has two professional athletes named Aaron Brooks.
Between Dexter Fowler's arrival and Shane Victorino's signing, Brooks - who shares the same name as the Bulls' backup point guard - has flown under the radar with the Cubs after coming over from the Oakland A's.
"I'm ready to come and help a team win and I'm glad it's the Cubs," Brooks said.
Brooks is a 25-year-old right-hander who has pitched in 15 games (10 starts) in the big leagues in his career with a 3-5 record, 8.38 ERA and 1.759 WHIP over 58 innings.
In the minor leagues, Brooks is 43-32 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.28 WHIP while working primarily as a starter. In 2015, Brooks pitched 118.2 innings in Triple-A for the A's and Kansas City Royals affiliates and went 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.247 WHIP.
Amid all the Fowler commotion, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein pointed to Brooks as a guy who can provide some starting rotation depth in the minor leagues, since most of the Cubs' rotation depth is in the big league bullpen in guys like Adam Warren and Clayton Richard.
Brooks knows if he wants a shot in The Show, he has some work to do.
"Just stay consistent," he said. "I think staying up here is always about staying consistent and having that drive to win.
"It's a big difference from Triple-A and the minor leagues to here. Just getting the feel for things and getting comfortable."
Brooks admitted he doesn't yet know most of the guys in the Cubs clubhouse, but he shares a connection with a few, including Ben Zobrist and manager Joe Maddon.
Brooks was part of the package sent from the Royals to the A's last year for Ben Zobrist, the move that put the Royals over the top en route to their World Series championship.
Brooks also grew up an Angels fan and remembers when Maddon was the bench coach in Anaheim.
Now, he's sharing a clubhouse with both.
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Despite having never been to Wrigley Field, the San Bernadino, Calif. native is already somewhat familiar with the Chicagoland area as he spent 2012 on the Kane County Cougars.
As for the Bulls' Aaron Brooks, the Cubs' version is already familiar with Derrick Rose's backup thanks to social media:
I get so many @Thirty2zero tweets cuz they think I'm you! I don't see the resemblance bro! Haha
— Aaron Brooks (@aaronbrooksCHC) February 19, 2016
"I've talked to him on Twitter before," Brooks said inside the Cubs clubhouse Saturday morning, "just because everybody thinks that I'm him and they keep tagging me in stuff.
"All they gotta do is look at the profile picture."