Category: Scouting/Observation

Cubs Den Top Prospects: Rookie Level Players to Watch

Cubs Den Top Prospects: Rookie Level Players to Watch
Right-Handed Pitchers When it comes to intriguing right-handed arms competing in extended spring training and the AZL for the Cubs the past few years, one of the trends has been that some of the pitchers that get most of the attention have ended up getting hurt after brief appearances. First, it was Jose Albertos in... Read more »

Cubs Den Top Prospects: Just Missed (and others to keep an eye on)

Cubs Den Top Prospects: Just Missed (and others to keep an eye on)
First off, I apologize to Dillon Maples and Alec Mills. They still hold rookie eligibility in the Majors, so technically they should still be considered prospects, but they are both 27-years old this season. At some point a prospect becomes a veteran. It is certainly arbitrary, but I make the rules around here, and I... Read more »

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 1-5

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 1-5
Take your pick at the top Call them 1A and 1B. Nico Hoerner and Miguel Amaya have a strong case as the top prospect in the system. Hoerner is the more advanced of the two and the older, safer bet to be a consistent MLB contributor and starter, but he may also end up at second... Read more »
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Cubs Den Top Prospects: 6-14

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 6-14
We’ve now reached a group of players who, barring injury or something unexpected, should receive more than just a cursory look in the Majors. They include versatile power arms that could develop into valuable mid-rotation starters or high-leverage relievers, a pair of premium defenders at shortstop with offensive upside, and a few high-probability backend starters... Read more »

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 15-24

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 15-24
Today we will cover a diverse cast of prospects. They all possess the talent to make an impact in the Majors but they are either raw or have some other major roadblock ahead on their development path. Several certainly fall into the boom-or-bust category. So, if you are risk averse or value production over potential most of... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »