The John Arguello Awards: Short Season Pitcher and Player of the Year.

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.

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  • Thanks Michael for all of the great updates ! Well, the season is finally over and the arrow is pointing up for the Cubbies ! Picking
    7th, the Cubs farm system should get a boost as well as three new Latin American players arriving soon from the upcoming draft.
    That bum Joe West is finally retiring, and baseball will be better
    off without him.

  • Yeah,... There's a lot of young talent lurking down in the assorted minor league teams,... Here's hoping that those guys continue to develop, and not too many flame out or get taken out by injury.

    Despite the mid-summer swoon and sell off - there is a nicely stocked minor league system now, unlike what we had in front of us a decade ago. This round of rebuild 'should' be short and far less painful.

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    Thanks again for all the work you do. I like the suggestions for the POY both pitcher snd player.
    We should also never forget John. Thanks

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yes, John has been gone for awhile. I never met him and all these years later, I still think about him often. He was about a lot more than just baseball, but he sure connected with us on the game and those who played it. Big picture guy with a big heart.

  • TomU, thanks for the interesting story

  • In reply to shalin:

    Thank you!

  • Ever since Bam Bam hit that massive homerun in the third inning of that Wild Card play in game last night, I have been unable to think about anything but getting Schwarber back in Wrigley where he belongs. I know why Kyle goes into those prolonged slumps, but the Cubs need that big prestigious left side bat going forward. Especially if the CBA adopts the DH for the NL.

  • Thanks Tom, I con-graduated Michael before looking at the top of this article.
    Now that the Cubs hitting coach has moved on, the announcers of last nights game gave kudos to the hitting coach that helped Schwarber with his hitting. I forgot his name, but I think they were referring to the Nationals hitting coach. Is he available ? The Arizona league starts soon, I would like to see how Caleb Killian fares, and would he be ready for the big leagues ?

  • Q.
    When is the new CBA going to be ratified ? Anybody ?
    As predicted , no surprise the Padres cut their manager loose
    today.
    Watching the Cubs transactions, I see the Cubs are bringing in players with above average speed that was sorely missed before.
    With speed on the bases, it alters defensive positions and changes the way the game is played.

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    The CBA expires December 1. I read that there have been a few preliminary meetings, but if this goes like 99% of negotiations go, nothing will be done until just around the deadline.

  • I am excited to see the next move for Ramirez. I think he fits the new profile of OBP with low strikeout rate.

    Michael, from our shortstops besides Ramirez who had a breakout year? How would you rank our shortstops within the organization?

    We have a bunch of good ones:
    Ramirez, Vasquez, Hernandez, Tatianos, Made, Preciado, Morel, Santana & Howard. Did I miss any?

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Nope I don't think you missed any SS prospects. Of the nine we should get a number of them making the majors. There is a little competition brewing. Should make them better.

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