Good morning! Today, Cubs Den renews it’s tradition of awarding prospects in the Cubs’ minor league system for their outstanding performance. Without a minor league season last year, the Arguello awards had to take a one year hiatus. With everyone back on the field competing, Cubs Den will start as we traditionally have; with the Short Season Pitcher and Player of the Year.
Short Season Pitcher of the Year: Andricson Salvador, LHP
Part of the 2018 international free agent signing class, 21 year old Andricson Salvador has been consistent in his short professional career. The lefty from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic had 56 strikeouts in 46 innings in 2019. Salvador also sported a 2.93 ERA and 1.174 WHIP as an 18 year old in the DSL.
After losing the 2020 season, Salvador did not miss a beat in the Arizona Complex League. Making 11 appearances and tossing 29 innings, Salvador had a 3.41 ERA and 1.138 WHIP while punching out 35 batters.
Short Season Player of the Year: Pedro Ramirez, SS
With all eyes on prized 17-year old shortstop prospect Cristian Hernandez as he started his professional career, another 17-year old stole the spotlight.
Little was known about the switch-hitting middle infielder from Temblador, Venezuela. But soon, the baseball world would start scrambling to find out more.
Ramirez took the Dominican Summer League by storm, finishing third in hitting with a .359 batting average (only 6 points off the lead). In 50 games, Ramirez struck out only 20 times in 216 plate appearances. Ramirez’s left/right splits were also very good, with a .423/.349 split.
All totaled, Ramirez’s full slash line was .359/.417/.503/.919 with 11 doubles, 7 triples, and a home run. He also had 9 stolen bases in 16 attempts.
While it still needs some smoothing out, Ramirez’s defense was also good for a 17-year old. In 23 games at second base, Ramirez fielded .968; while at shortstop in 24 games he was at .939.