Category: Scouting/Observation

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: The disappointing 2018 season of Jose Albertos

Cubs Prospect Roundup: The disappointing 2018 season of Jose Albertos
A relatively unheralded prospect out of Mexico before signing with the Cubs during the 2015-16 IFA, Jose Albertos lacked physical projection at 6’1″ 185 pounds, but he quickly put himself on the map as a 17-year old during extended spring training in 2016 thanks to effortless velocity that touched the mid-90s and occasionally higher, as... 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 »
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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 »

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 »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Little and Lange

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Little and Lange
Minor League camp opened this past weekend. Not much word has leaked out at this point, and unfortunately a recent illness and time away from work has forced me to cancel my travel plans to Arizona this spring so I won’t be able to provide the first hand reports that I hoped, but there are... Read more »
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2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Rookie Level Prospects to Watch

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Rookie Level Prospects to Watch
We already discussed a few of the most exciting players deployed in the lower levels of the system in previous installments. Starting pitchers Jeremiah Estrada and Brailyn Marquez have been praised by many outlets for their MOR upside. Two other teenagers, athletic outfielders Nelson Velazquez and Jonathan Sierra possess as much raw power as any... Read more »