Missing Persons: Why Ademan and Albertos Failed to Make the Cut

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Aramis Ademan by Stephanie Lynn, Jose Albertos by Rikk Carlson

Aramis Ademan by Stephanie Lynn, Jose Albertos by Rikk Carlson

In 2018, most prospect lists for the Chicago Cubs had any one of shortstop Aramis Ademan, right-handed pitcher Jose Albertos, or catcher Miguel Amaya at the top. A few conservative raters had right-hander Adbert Alzolay first, but those three were not far behind.

However, at the start of the 2020 rating period, both Ademan and Albertos were left off of my Prospects1500 Cubs Top 50 list. What happened?

Draining the Well
The Cubs organization was loaded heading into the 2015 season. Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, and Addison Russell were all nominally still a part of the the minor league system. The next wave included Albert Almora, Jeimer Candelario, Willson Contreras, Billy McKinney, Kyle Schwarber, and Daniel Vogelbach. Waiting further down the chain were Victor Caratini, Dylan Cease, Eloy Jimenez, and Gleyber Torres. Adding to the mix was Ian Happ, brought in through the draft that year.

Most of these players would make it to the big leagues with the parent club. But the others ended up traded for major league talent, with no prospects in return. Making the situation more tenuous was the focus of Cubs’ player development. The Cubs’ emphasis on scouting and developing only top selections meant that they did not have the mid-round talent to fill the gaps. The result was a deepening talent void. Adding to the dearth were the 2016 and 2017 drafts that have yet to yield a Top 10 player.

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  • Nice piece, Tom. I am completely aligned with your take. Ademan was never a prospect to me. Simply stated he cannot hit. Period. I argued for a couple of years what people are seeing, but the numbers do not lie. There is nothing there.

    Albertos is also somewhat lost. Although you can try to project a 95+ fastball with “if” command is harnessed.

    The problem with our last few years is with the graduation to MLB that you listed, the cupboard was barren and then folks try to peg guys as “prospects” when they are simply not. And with the lack of prospects, there has been a scouring of low levels to find “the guy” and it is simply not wise not think these rookie or short-season A ball guys are top 2-3 in an org. High A and for my taste AA will separate suspects from prospects.

    Thanks and hope you and your family is safe and healthy.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Thank you.

    As a family with 3 essential workers, life has certainly gotten interesting. Thank you for your concern and wishes.

    I would also like to thank everyone who has checked in with me as someone who works in a large health facility. I have been given a PPE and face shield, and many other precautions are in place. They do take my temperature every morning. One time it was 95.5, scientifically proving I am the coolest person at work!

  • In reply to Tom U:

    LoL at the “95.5” temp! I took mine here & there during this time & once it was 97 & I thought that was on the cool side.

    I’m with you on Ademan & Albertos. Both 21, some guys are still in college at that age. Maybe they can figure something out.

    For me, Little is in that same category as those 2. And he’s 23. MLB has him #29, but I think that’s generous as well.

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    Thanks again Tom. It was so good to read about the prospects and what tier they're in. Just to read that made me feel better. I was a little disappointed to see Fernando Kelli so far down the list but completely understand it. We also have more quality power arms than I thought.
    Stay safe and if enough of us social distance maybe we can see baseball this year.

  • The Cubs’ emphasis on scouting and developing only top selections meant that they did not have the mid-round talent to fill the gaps.

    What? I just thought the Cubs reached/overdrafted too many pitchability type pitchers in the first ten rounds?

    Cubs front office is full of smart people, but they have not connected on amatuer scouting/player development.

    Dan Kantrovitz hiring, will that really change the way Cubs scout/process information on amatuer players?

    Instead of picking one guy like Nelson Velazquez. Draft a few more strong and fast athletes every year, &/or power hitters in the middle rounds.

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    I just saw that Glenn Beckert passed away. I remember watching him for years, a steady, 4 time AS for the Cubs and with Don Kessinger one of the best combo of middle infielders the Cubs have ever had. They were both AS from 1969-72, 4 straight years. Looking at Baseball-Reference I see that the most he ever SO in a year was 52 and that was his rookie year and with 653 PA. Those were the years that players hated to SO and their job was to put the ball in play.
    He was one of the great Cubs.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yeah, good ole #18. RiP to Glenn. The late 60’s early 70s were some really fun Cub teams.

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    I saw on PTI that today is Greg Maddux's 54th birthday. One of my all time favorite Cubs. If you ever get a chance to listen or read him talk about pitching it's like hearing Ted Williams talk about hitting.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Maddux is an example of the Cubs past inability of the front office(ownership) to recognize franchise type talent and let it get away. For a few dollars more it could have been different.

  • I watched Ademan in Myrtle the past 2 years. He was hyped up before the 2018 season so I paid particular attention, hoping to see a Wrigley regular.

    He's at the end of his baseball road. Fielding is mediocre at best (tendency to throw into the dugout). Hitting is bad. Power is nonexistent. He's generously listed at 5'11" (!) and 160lb.

  • I'm looking forward to watching baseball soon. With a little creativity the mlb could increase their fan base by salvaging the season. Most fans and future fans watch baseball on television, anyway. Play the games wherever. Fans in the stands are not absolute. The game itself can carry the sport. The sooner folks can watch games that count the better for the sport. "Get er done"!

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    We should recognize today as Jackie Robinson Day, one of the most significant in major league sports. This was a seismic change in baseball and in society also. Congratulations Mr. Robinson and Branch Rickey too.

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    I just commented on Jackie Robinson. Could someone please retrieve it? Thanks.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Never mind.

  • Smells like teen spirit

  • I'm reading here and there on both news and sports sites, that the mlb is closing in on a creative plan to salvage the season. Hope so, as it would take some of the sting out of the pandemic lockdown.

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    I want to see sports again but have been surprisingly calm without them. I really don't think about it that much, but as soon as they're on then I'll miss it, and I'll really miss the Cubs if they are playing and Comcast doesn't make a deal with Sinclair to watch them.
    Until we have a lot more testing (NOT a political statement but a practical one) then how safe will we feel if someone is sitting in the next seat. Maybe start with no fans, then a few each row and then gradually phase in more.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I figure games will be played without fans to start, until it's sate.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    I hope it's safe for the 30-40 players, coaches and trainers in the dugout too.

  • In case anybody is up late, the MLB channel is showing Jake Arrieta's no-hitter in Cincy from 4/21/16 right now... 4 years ago.

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