Category: Scouting Reports

End of Season Prospect Review: Trevor Clifton

End of Season Prospect Review: Trevor Clifton
Developments I looked for in 2018 1) Return to pre-2017 trajectory, forget about 2017 second half 2) Consistency Season Review Check and check as far as the goals I had in mind for Trevor Clifton in 2018. Clifton was drafted as a raw athlete out of high school in 2013. The team immediately went to work on... Read more »

End of Season Prospect Review: Dillon Maples

End of Season Prospect Review: Dillon Maples
Developments I looked for in 2018 1) Use breaking pitches to get ahead in count, pitch backwards 2) Return curveball to more prominent role 3) Improve fastball command Season Review It was not the breakthrough season many hoped for from Dillon Maples. While he did use his top end stuff to blow hitters away (3rd in PCL... Read more »

End of Season Prospect Review: Dakota Mekkes

End of Season Prospect Review: Dakota Mekkes
Developments I looked for in 2018 1) Improve his secondary offerings to not be so fastball dependent 2) Improve fastball command so that he can get ahead of hitters more frequently Season Review Mekkes proved that the deception created by his motion and the extension created by his 6’7″ 250 pound frame as he drives... Read more »
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End of Season Prospect Review: Nico Hoerner

End of Season Prospect Review: Nico Hoerner
My hopes for him after 2018 draft 1) Show enough athleticism to remain at SS long term 2) Show off the contact skills and speed to be potential table setter Season Review Nico Hoerner hit the ground running as a professional and never really looked back. An elbow injury slowed his rapid ascent through the Cubs... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Taking stock of position player inventory

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Taking stock of position player inventory
Player graduations, trades and a focus on acquiring pitching depth during the 2016 and 2017 drafts has thinned the upper levels of the Cubs Minor League system to the point that among the four full season affiliates there are only a four bats I currently consider to have a good shot at becoming full-time starters and that includes recent 1st... Read more »

What to expect from Duane Underwood, Jr. in his MLB debut

What to expect from Duane Underwood, Jr. in his MLB debut
It may be hard to believe, as 2018 is his 7th season with the organization, but Duane Underwood, Jr. will not turn 24-years old until the end of next month. That makes him only a couple of years older than most of the players from the Cubs most recent draft class. While those players will be... Read more »
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Cubs Prospect Roundup: A look back at the emerging 2016 draft class

Cubs Prospect Roundup: A look back at the emerging 2016 draft class
Due to their free agent spending binge on Jason Heyward and John Lackey the year before the Cubs had surrendered their top two draft picks and had the least amount of draft capital in all of baseball heading into the 2016 draft. With just over $2.2M dollars to spend in the entire draft, or nearly $1M less than they had given just Ian... Read more »

Cubs Organizational Depth: Outfielders

Cubs Organizational Depth: Outfielders
Chicago Cubs The Cubs received a mixed bag of results from this group in 2017 but significant upside still exists. Kyle Schwarber rebounded with a strong second half. The departure of Jon Jay means Ian Happ should receive a bump in playing time which should help him become more comfortable and take better routes on baseballs in CF.... Read more »

Cubs Organizational Depth: Infielders

Cubs Organizational Depth: Infielders
Chicago Cubs I may be beginning to sound like a broken record in this series, but the potential roster stability the Cubs could enjoy over the next few years is astonishing. If the mix of players the Cubs currently have assembled works out well, there is no reason they can’t keep them all together. Of... Read more »
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Cubs Organizational Depth: Catcher and First Base

Cubs Organizational Depth: Catcher and First Base
Chicago Cubs The Cubs are in the enviable position of having one of the top offensive catchers in the game under club control for the next five seasons. Willson Contreras does more than contribute on offense however. His pitch framing and game calling are still works in progress, but few backstops can control a running... Read more »