Category: Scouting/Observation

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs pitcher targets

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs pitcher targets
College RHP Seth Johnson – 6.1 195 (BA: 29, FG: 44, MLB: 29) RHP Matt Canterino – 6.3 205 (BA: 35, FG: 48, MLB: 45) LHP Tommy Henry – 6.3 190 (BA: 47, FG: 75, MLB: 60) Seth Johnson entered college as a shortstop but ended up converting to the mound full-time this season. As you would expect he is... Read more »

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs prep hitter targets

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs prep hitter targets
High Upside: CI Tyler Callihan – 6.1 200, L/R (BA: 37, FG: 30, MLB: 32) SS/3B Gunnar Henderson – 6.3 194, L/R (BA: 31, FG: 36, MLB: 33) 3B Keoni Cavaco – 6.1 185, R/R (BA: 32, FG: 23, MLB: 37) An impressive left-handed bat, but with questionable odds to remain at third base, belongs to Tyler Callihan. His... Read more »

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs collegiate hitter targets

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs collegiate hitter targets
Safe hit tool: IF/OF Michael Busch – 6.0 207, L/R (BA: 25, FG: 20, MLB: 28) SS Braden Shewmake – 6.4 190, L/R (BA: 27, FG: 38, MLB: 25) MI Will Wilson – 6.0 175, R/R (BA: 23, FG: 21, MLB: 23) 1B Logan Wyatt – 6.4 230, L/L (BA: 28, FG: NR, MLB: 49) 2B Chase Strumpf... Read more »
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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 »