Dear Cubs Den Readers: In our continuing efforts to provide Cubs content, please enjoy this article recently publish at Prospects1500.
In this most unusual year for all of us, Prospects1500 is keeping the flame of minor league baseball alive by presenting a series of 10 names fans need to know about each team. Today, we look at the Chicago Cubs. The names are presented in alphabetical order.
Yovanny Cruz, RHP
Every team has a pitching prospect that seems to have “great stuff”, but doesn’t always have it under control. On top of that, they have injury issues. For the Cubs, that pitcher is Yovanny Cruz.
Lanky at 6’1″, 190-pounds with room to grow, the 20-year-old has the ability for be a front-line starter. Cruz has a mid-90’s sinking fastball with some filthy movement along with a hard-biting slider and change-up. At Short Season-A Eugene last season, Cruz displayed both the potential and problems.
Cruz fanned 21 in 14.2 innings, but also walked 12, served up 3 home runs, and surrendered 13 earned run on 13 hits. In order to move forward, Cruz has to harness some of that nasty movement and shake the injury bug.