Dylan Cease

Dylan Cease throwing for the Winston-Salem Rayados, 2018 (Clinton Cole / FutureSox)

Dylan Cease throwing for the Winston-Salem Rayados, 2018 (Clinton Cole / FutureSox)

Position: RHP 
Born: 12/28/1995
Ht: 6'2" Wt: 190
Acquired: Received from Cubs in Jose Quintana trade 7/13/2017
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #10 - 2017 Midseason
  • #6 - 2018 Preseason
  • #5 - 2018 Midseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • 2016 Baseball America Short Season All-Star (Eugene)
  • 2016 Baseball America Post-Season All-Star (Eugene)
  • 2017 Mid-Season All-Star (South Bend)
  • Pre-Season #97 in MLB (Baseball America)
  • Pre-Season #77 in MLB (MLB Pipeline)
  • Mid-season #68 in MLB (MLB Pipeline)
  • Mid-Season #83 in MLB (Baseball America)
  • #61 Prospect in MLB, pre-season 2018 (MLB Pipeline)
  • #47 Prospect in MLB, pre-season 2018 (Baseball Prospectus)
  • #71 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2018 (Baseball America)
  • #45 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2018 (MLB Pipeline)
  • Carolina League All Star, 2018
  • Futures Game, 2018
  • Pitching Prospect of the Month, July 2018
  • #1 Prospect in the Carolina League, post-season 2018 (Baseball America)
  • #2 Prospect in the Southern League, post-season 2018 (Baseball America)
  • Best Pitching Prospect in the Carolina League, post-season 2018 (Baseball America)
  • Best Fastball in the Carolina League, post-season 2018 (Baseball America)
  • Best Fastball in the Southern League, post-season 2018 (Baseball America)

Scouting Report

While Jimenez was the clear centerpiece of the Jose Quintana trade, Dylan Cease is a strong prospect in his own right and finds himself flying up lists. A Tommy John Surgery when he was a prep ruined his chances of going in the first round of the 2014 draft, but he scored a huge over-slot ($1.5 million) deal in the 6th round with the Cubs. The Cubs were very cautious with Cease, who didn't make his pro debut until mid-2015 and was on a strict innings limits at every stop. After 24 innings in a brief rookie season debut, Cease unleashed his plus stuff on the short-season Northwest League, striking out 66 batters and walking 25 over just 44.2 innings while posting a 2.22 ERA. In 2017 he was moved up to Low-A South Bend, where he put up similar numbers, striking out 79 batters to 26 walks over 51.2 innings with a 2.79 ERA prior to the trade. He wasn't quite as dominant in 9 starts with Kannapolis (A) but still missed plenty of bats (11.2 K/9), improve his walk rate and ended up shut down just a tad early with some arm soreness. 2018 has been a coming out party of sorts for Cease, who was nails in 13 starts in Winston-Salem (2,89 ERA, 3.5 BB/9, 10.3 K/9), and in six starts so far with AA Birmingham (as of this writing) he's been even more statistically dominant (2.34 ERA, 3.4 BB/9, 12.7 K/9).

Cease features a plus fastball that sits 93-98 and has hit 100 (there is also an unsourced report of 103 here). It has lots of life and its movement outperforms his command currently, leading to high walk rates, but that has improved considerably in 2018. Cease's fastball velocity gets headlines, but he has a true hammer curveball that some scouts feel has more potential than his fastball. His slider and change-up both show better than average potential as well, wherein his improvements have silenced most of the thoughts some had that he was destined for the bullpen. At 106 innings through July 2018, he's already surpassed his career high, but just keeps chugging and is maintaining velocity and delivery all the way through his starts. It appears now more than ever that Cease has a very high ceiling that could make him a #2 starter if things continue to firm up.

Major League Outlook: 2/3 starter ceiling
ETA: Late 2019

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