Category: Scouting/Observation

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 »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Brennen Davis

Offseason Prospect Overview: Brennen Davis
Season Review Overshadowed a bit by the hot start of fellow 2nd round prep outfielder Cole Roederer, Brennen Davis may not have entered pro ball quite as polished in his all-around game, but he was chosen higher and possesses the louder tools. But if you think he is only about potential and not production at... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Cole Roederer

Offseason Prospect Overview: Cole Roederer
Season Review Usually when the term five-tool player is attached to a prospect at least one of those tools tend to outshine the others. In the case of Cole Roederer that may not be the case as most scouts attach 50-55 grades across the board. He isn’t big but thanks to some tweaks to his swing... Read more »
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Offseason Prospect Overview: Riley Thompson

Offseason Prospect Overview: Riley Thompson
Season Review The Cubs have rarely taken risky, high-upside college arms in recent drafts but the front office admitted in 2018 that they have probably been too narrow in their profile of draftable pitchers. It has led to a limited number of high upside arms in the system, but if there is a prime example of the Cubs showing a new willingness to... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Christopher Morel

Offseason Prospect Overview: Christopher Morel
Season Review Morel is a quick twitch athlete with explosive movement capabilities. He does not look powerful because of his narrow frame but Morel possesses plus bat speed, arm strength, and physically there is little he cannot do. Considered a big part of the Cubs 2015 IFA class, Morel is playing a bit of catch up with... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Nelson Velazquez

Offseason Prospect Overview: Nelson Velazquez
Season Review The Cubs had several toolsy outfielders spread out across their system entering 2018, but the only one who managed to turn raw strength and bat speed into in-game power was the youngest of the group, Nelson Velazquez. The rest of his game is still a major work in progress, but the power Velazquez... Read more »
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Offseason Prospect Overview: Brailyn Marquez

Offseason Prospect Overview: Brailyn Marquez
Season Review There wasn’t a ton of great first half news when it came to the Cubs top pitching prospects last season. Adbert Alzolay got hurt late in spring training, missed the first month in Iowa, then was shut down for the year after just eight starts. Jose Albertos couldn’t throw strikes in South Bend... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Andy Weber

Offseason Prospect Overview: Andy Weber
Season Review A versatile defender and emerging offensive threat, Andy Weber did not get much publicity heading into the 2018 draft, but after a First-Team All-ACC season at second base for Virginia, the Cubs popped him in the 5th round on an over slot deal. He reached base in 50 of 54 games for the Cavaliers... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Cory Abbott

Offseason Prospect Overview: Cory Abbott
Season Review Heading the 2017 collegiate season Cory Abbott was not consider a top pitching prospect. He took it upon himself to add a slider to repertoire that he patterned after Noah Syndergaard. It made an immediate impact on Abbott’s performance as he was now able to miss bats with greater frequency. A few months later the... Read more »
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Offseason Prospect Overview: Jared Young

Offseason Prospect Overview: Jared Young
Season Review Drafted out of Old Dominion in the 15th round of the 2017 draft, it has been a long and circuitous path for Jared Young to reach prospect status. Originally hailing from British Columbia, Young originally attended Minot State as a freshman, transferred to Connors State JC as a sophomore, before finally landing in... Read more »