Category: 2016 Top Prospects

An Interview with Thomas Hatch

An Interview with Thomas Hatch
For 2080 Baseball, I was recently able to connect with Thomas Hatch, the first player the Cubs drafted last June. He was one of many arms they took in 2016 and probably a sign of a trend in the organization. I suspect that with the need for starting pitching on the horizon, they have deliberately... Read more »

2016 a season to remember for Cubs prospect Trevor Clifton

2016 a season to remember for Cubs prospect Trevor Clifton
Myrtle Beach Pelicans pitcher Trevor Clifton could be found throwing with his fellow pitchers last Sunday as they prepared for a game against the Potomac Nationals. The Cubs eighth-ranked prospect was all smiles and really, what reason was there to not smile? His team had just clinched the second half Southern Division the previous night,... Read more »

Dedication, positive attitude help Zastryzny achieve dream

Dedication, positive attitude help Zastryzny achieve dream
At the start of the 2016 season, pitcher Rob Zastryzny, a 2013 second-round draft pick the Cubs had high hopes for, didn’t rank within the 30 top Cubs prospects on most lists — one notable exception was John, who ranked him 2oth.  Check back after the All-Star Break and Zastryzny’s impressive year moved him into... Read more »
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Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Pitchers

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Pitchers
The trade deadline has passed and the Cubs were able to fill all their needs at the major league level by dipping into their excess of position players without putting much of a dent in their minor league pitching depth. Neither of the two pitchers dealt (Paul Blackburn and Jesus Castillo) were among their top... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Hitters

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Hitters
The list appears quite different from the last time we checked in, missing several names we have grown quite fond of tracking over the years, but we all knew these days would come. Gone are Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Rashad Crawford and Dan Vogelbach in the Chapman and Montgomery trades, thinning the system out, but... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Pitchers

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Pitchers
It has been a tough first half for a number of Cubs pitching prospects, particularly at the upper levels. Injuries have shortened or contributed to rocky beginnings for not only Duane Underwood Jr., but also Ryan Williams and Pierce Johnson. This has left the organization thin on options in the event of an injury at... Read more »
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Ian Happ keeps making waves in Myrtle Beach

Ian Happ keeps making waves in Myrtle Beach
With five grueling games to play in less than three days this past weekend, one might have expected the atmosphere in the ballpark to be tense, but Pelicans’ second baseman Ian Happ appeared relaxed as he sat quietly in the dugout at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. There’s no denying Happ has thrived in high-A... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Hitters

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Hitters
The next wave has arrived. Impact defense and great bat control, the hallmarks of Albert Almora Jr.’s game, have already been on full display in his short stint with the big club. His current stay may be short lived but it is only a matter of time before Almora secures a full time gig patrolling... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Pitchers

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Pitchers
Control of the strike zone is a key component of the Cubs organizational philosophy. Yesterday we saw the way the Cubs hitting prospects have bought in and are excelling in this area. The same mastery is not being shown in the early going by the pitching prospects however, at least not yet. In fact, the... Read more »
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Meet Cubs Top Pitching Prospect Dylan Cease

Meet Cubs Top Pitching Prospect Dylan Cease
There’s no doubt the Cubs have a seemingly unlimited amount of talented infielders and outfielders within their farm system, but the perception is that they lack pitching, which is becoming quite a concern among fans. However, there is a young flame-thrower waiting in the wings that is guaranteed to make Cubs fans excited once again.... Read more »