Category: prospects

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 25-40

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 25-40
We are finally here. After several delays (health, weather, MiLB’s frustrating decision to take down their 2018 video archive for maintenance) I am finally ready to begin unveiling the annual Cubs Den prospect rankings. It is also time for my annual disclaimer: I abhor prospect rankings. The reason I spent so much time and effort editing... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Luis Verdugo

Offseason Prospect Overview: Luis Verdugo
Season Review The Cubs highest profile IFA signing in the 2017. Luis Verdugo arrived from Mexico with reputation as one of the top defensive shortstops in the class. The Cubs had to expect he would struggle a bit offensively considering how raw he was but they thought enough of his maturity to keep him up... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Reivaj Garcia

Offseason Prospect Overview: Reivaj Garcia
Season Review You really couldn’t really ask for a better season out of a 16-year old. Reivaj Garcia (his first name is Javier spelled backwards) surprised many by earning the starting second base job on the AZL Cubs2 squad, which made him the youngest of any Minor Leaguer playing in the U.S. last year. As... Read more »
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Offseason Prospect Overview: Michael Rucker

Offseason Prospect Overview: Michael Rucker
Season Review Rucker worked as both a starter and reliever in college before the Cubs took him as a sleeper, overage prospect in the 11th round of the 2016 draft, and the thought was he would move quickly in relief. After a dominant start working as a long man out of South Bend bullpen in... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: James Norwood

Offseason Prospect Overview: James Norwood
Season Review A hard throwing starter with limited control and secondaries when drafted in 2014, Norwood has improved both aspects since converting to reliever as a pro. Prior to 2018 he was still mostly an unrefined arm-strength only guy, but he managed to add another couple of ticks to his fastball this year, and more... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Bailey Clark

Offseason Prospect Overview: Bailey Clark
Season Review Clark dominated in the three weeks he spent with South Bend as a member of their bullpen last April. It became clear Clark required a tougher challenge. I haven’t gone back through every transaction, but I’m pretty sure Clark’s late April promotion was the earliest received of any of the Cubs prospects last... Read more »
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Offseason Prospect Overview: Brendon Little

Offseason Prospect Overview: Brendon Little
Season Review The Cubs top pick in 2017. Little has struggled to produce in his first year and a half as a pro despite flashing three average or better pitches. The talent that enticed the Cubs into making him their top pick in 2017 is evident but rarely does he maintain it beyond a couple... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Erich Uelmen

Offseason Prospect Overview: Erich Uelmen
Season Review The fourth of ffour collegiate right-handers the Cubs took in the top four rounds of the 2017 draft, Erich Uelmen was the most raw of the group but has as much talent as any of them. He features an unorthodox delivery and 3/4 arm slot. It helps him generate plenty of movement on his... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Yovanny Cruz

Offseason Prospect Overview: Yovanny Cruz
Season Review At 6’1″ with long legs, there isn’t a ton of physical projection remaining on 19-year old Yovanny Cruz, but he should get stronger which would help him hold higher velocity down the road. It also looks like he could further engage his lower half to potentially add more as well. Cruz posted some... Read more »
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Offseason Prospect Overview: Paul Richan

Offseason Prospect Overview: Paul Richan
Season Review One of the premier strike-throwers in the 2018 draft, it is no surprise Paul Richan became a target of the Cubs. He becomes the latest in a line of polished college arms drafted into the organization. Richan posted a 7.77 K/BB ratio over 89.2 innings with University of San Diego prior to the draft... Read more »