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Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:51 pm

Interesting take on his defense in the Carolina League this year and those pop times are average-ish. Poke away! I'm not sure whether to act worried or be optimistic, first time I've read Amaya described as bat ahead of glove (tbf that might be legit because IMO he aced the season on offense)
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:14 pm

11. Miguel Amaya, C, Myrtle Beach (Cubs)
Age: 20. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 185. Signed: Panama, 2015.

Scouts graded Amaya highly for his bat control and ability to hit to the big part of the field, which unfortunately for hitters is bigger at Myrtle Beach than most minor league parks. His catching remains behind his hitting, but his now-200-plus-pound frame has become more of the ideal size for a catcher. He also has good pop times between 2.01 and 2.05 seconds on throws to second base.


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Postby Hrubes20 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:35 pm

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11. Miguel Amaya, C, Myrtle Beach (Cubs)
Age: 20. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 185. Signed: Panama, 2015.

Scouts graded Amaya highly for his bat control and ability to hit to the big part of the field, which unfortunately for hitters is bigger at Myrtle Beach than most minor league parks. His catching remains behind his hitting, but his now-200-plus-pound frame has become more of the ideal size for a catcher. He also has good pop times between 2.01 and 2.05 seconds on throws to second base.




I like that number much better, although I'm sure he's not averaging that. For reference, Contreras averaged 1.91 this year and was third in all of baseball (Realmuto led the majors with 1.88 average).
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:44 pm

Hrubes20 wrote:I like that number much better, although I'm sure he's not averaging that. For reference, Contreras averaged 1.91 this year and was third in all of baseball (Realmuto led the majors with 1.88 average).


Honestly, not sure either matters so much beyond not being bad. The arm isn't the most valuable defensive trait for a C to have, average-above average works fine depending on what the other skills and tools are

What made you guys put Aramis Ademan in your postseason top 100? Chances he remains a top 100 throughout the offseason?

EL: Just think he's a perfectly fine SS with a well-rounded offensive profile, stats have been meh but he's super young for the level. We've had a 50 on him since before Kiley came back (I think), don't think he's way different than Andres Gimenez/Luis Garcia types.


How soon will Richard Gallardo's name be hitting the outside world (non-Cubs fans)? I'm thinking 2020 at 18, that guy is serious bidness

EL: just looked okay this year. Stuff is more average than above, but he's a great athlete and advanced for his age. Don't think he'll have a huge velo spike or anything, more of a back-of-rotation likelihood.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:58 pm

BA skipped the MWL and went to the NWL for their top 20s today:

6. Chase Strumpf, 2B, Eugene (Cubs)
Age: 21. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 191. Drafted: UCLA, 2019 (2).

Strumpf was high school teammates with 2017 No. 1 overall pick Royce Lewis, but he opted to go to UCLA to hone his skills for three years instead. The Cubs do an excellent job identifying college hitters, and Strumpf looks to be the latest in that line.

Strumpf is prototypical professional hitter with a simple, smooth swing at the plate and strong knowledge of the strike zone. More than that, he shows excellent power to all fields and sprayed doubles from line to line in his pro debut. Three seasons working with John Savage’s Bruins has instilled a strong work ethic in Strumpf, which should help him quickly adjust to the advanced pitching he’ll face as a pro.

He’s a competent defender at second base who will make all the routine plays but might not show up on the highlight reels. Even so, he should provide plenty of value with his bat.


Strumpf came in 5 spots higher on this list than UCLA teammate and 2019 1st rounder Michael Toglia.

13. Kohl Franklin, RHP, Eugene (Cubs)
Age: 19. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-4. WT: 190. Drafted: HS—Broken Arrow, Okla., 2018 (6th round).

Franklin, the nephew of former big leaguer Ryan Franklin, was drafted on the strength of a loose arm and a frame with plenty of projection remaining. He’s begun to fill out over the last 18 months and has seen gains in his stuff as a result.

He now operates with a low-90s fastball that touched 95 mph this season and could have room for even more velocity as his body matures. His delivery features a clean arm stroke and above-average speed generated by a broad-shouldered frame.

The ace of the Eugene staff before a late-season promotion to low Class A South Bend, Franklin backs up his fastball with a mid-70s curveball and a sinking, low-80s changeup. Both offspeed pitches project as average, though the changeup is a bit ahead of the curveball, which was a big point of development this season. He figures to fit as a back-end starter if he reaches his ceiling.


15. Edmond Americaan, OF, Eugene (Cubs)
Age: 22. B-T: L-L. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 170. Drafted: Chipola JC, 2018 (35th).

The Cubs believed enough in Americaan’s tools to give him a signing bonus of $208,950 in the 34th round after his second season at Chipola JC and then let their player development staff go to work turning those tools into bona fide skills.

This year, the results began showing up. He was moved from his quick cameo at low Class A South Bend back to short-season Eugene, where he started working to change his hitting approach to make himself more of an all-fields threat. Already blessed with wiry strength and strong hands and wrists, Americaan showed plenty of opposite-field strength but had not figured out how to pull the ball with authority. By the end of the year, he had come so far in that department that he was parking balls on top of the player development complex well beyond the right-field wall at Eugene’s PK Park.

He’s got the footspeed and range to stick in center field, but his arm is strong enough that he could move to right field and be a weapon, especially if his power continues to flourish.


19. Pedro Martinez, SS, Eugene (Cubs)
Age: 18. B-T: S-R. HT: 5-11. WT: 165. Signed: Venezuela, 2018.

Martinez signed in the spring of 2018, then immediately tore up the Dominican Summer League. He did the same in the Rookie-level Arizona League to begin the summer of 2019, then earned a promotion to Eugene. His numbers weren’t quite as loud in the Northwest League, but he still showed plenty of potential in his 27-game sample.

The Cubs believe Martinez has the athleticism and makeup to become a solid hitter, and scouts who saw the league agree. He has average bat speed and bat-to-ball skills and balanced swings from both sides of the plate. He’s got at least average tools across the board, with a chance for plus defense and an arm that could serve him on either the left or right side of the infield. He’s also lauded for high baseball IQ and willingness to work hard to improve and reach his ceiling.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Bear Cub » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:35 am

What are musings? Just asking.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:22 pm

Americaan's the first real pleasant surprise to hit one of these lists. They stuffed a bunch of positives in there - defensive flexibility including a shot at CF, burgeoning power, decent approach, natural strength and quickness. The Cubs have had a pretty solid run of JC and smaller program college bats - Caratini, Bote, Short, Vosler (traded), Matt Rose (traded), etc, hopefully he joins them somehow. They're all a little older or at least not particularly young for the levels, Americaan will be 23 at the A ball level/s next years, but hit enough. Nice to see some LHH showing life on the farm too with Rizzo and Schwarber the only notable guys on the ML club
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CubsWin » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:56 pm

Bear Cub wrote:What are musings? Just asking.

Thoughts. Reflections. Contemplations.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:20 pm

Pedro Martínez was the only Cub in the AZL Top 20, at 18:

18. Pedro Martinez, SS/2B, Cubs
Age: 18. B-T: B-R. Ht: 5-11. Wt: 165. Signed: Venezuela, 2018.

Martinez signed with the Cubs near the tail-end of the 2017-2018 international signing period, and early returns indicate that the Cubs may have gotten a bargain in the Venezuela native.

Martinez started strong in Arizona, batting .352/.417/.519 before receiving an August promotion to the Northwest League. He has a good, balanced swing with bat speed and some loft, better now from the left side. He has average power and should develop more as he grows into his body. While he's an average defender at shortstop, some observers believe he'll be better suited for second base, especially if gets bigger. An above-average arm will play at either position.

The Cubs' staff was impressed with the attitude that Martinez brought to the field.

"He did a great job," Cubs veteran manager Carmelo Martinez said. "He's a young guy, and he showed a lot of desire to get better."


The top of the league was freaking loaded:

1. CJ Abrams
2. Marco Luciano
3. Bobby Witt Jr
4. Corbin Carroll
5. Diego Cartaya
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:30 pm

Navin (Pasadena, CA): What is the word on Richard Gallardo? He was a highly heralded signing and held his own at 17 in the AZL but didn't have eye-popping stats. Thank you!

Bill Mitchell: Cubs RHP Richard Gallardo was considered for the list and likely would have been on a Top 30. He's got a mature body at 17, not real projectable or loose. The fastball was 90-94 with good movement and a couple of average off-speed pitches. Scouts were mixed on how much they liked him, with the consensus coming in as him being a pitchability guy with a high floor but lower ceiling.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:21 am

https://www.prospectslive.com/lists/201 ... -prospects

Notable that Gallardo is one of the 5-6 youngest on that list, and the only pitcher in that little group. Really think these guys are underselling his ability the pick up velocity, that seems to be the consensus right now, but also some language suggests his command and athleticism might still allow for...I think he's going to beast:

Advanced 17-year-old with feel for three pitches and good mechanics. Gallardo was not overpowering in my extended spring training look, but he sat low 90s and flashed a solid average curve and changeup. He has good balance in his delivery and repeats his mechanics well. The body doesn't look overly projectable, but he has advanced feel for his age. He profiles as a back end starter with good pitchability
- FV 40

If he were some stateside HS kid just drafted, I think Gallardo would be getting his balls washed by the prospect guys. As it is, I'd still take him over Brennan Malone but not Daniel Espino. All I can do is hope Espino and Triston McKenzie and Shane Bieber are well handled by the Indians, who do that, until the Cubs need a 4th co-ace behind Gallardo

Martinez - FV 35

Switch-hitting middle infielder with a good eye for the zone and bat control. Martinez looks comfortable working deep into counts and makes a good amount of hard contact considering the size of his leg kick. He defends the zone and can go opposite field with intent. Defensively he has clean actions and good hands. He has a shot to make it as a utility infielder


Verdugo - FV 35

A defense-first infielder who split time between short and third. Verdugo has fluid infield actions. Offensively, he made better contact as the season progressed with a steadily-increasing BABIP. It culminated in a power spike at season's end when he hit five homers in the final eight games. Verdugo has good rhythm and sway which produces sneaky pop, but he also stays upright through point of contact and that will expose him swing and miss. He projects as a possible utility infielder.


Pertuz - FV 30

Columbian shortstop prospect with a utility infielder potential. Pertuz has a big leg kick, keeps weight back on back leg and fires with plus bat speed. Pertuz likes to swing the bat and is rarely walks. His hands slot at shoulder length and his bat path is flat, which may make him susceptible to balls low in the zone. Pertuz has the quickness, hands and actions to stick in the infield.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:45 pm

I find it hard to believe you can rank 100 prospects in the AZL ahead of Benjamin Rodriguez.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:29 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:I find it hard to believe you can rank 100 prospects in the AZL ahead of Benjamin Rodriguez.


Maybe, but he'd be fighting for the back of the list anyway. Nothing standsout performance wise, he's not a particularly big or projectable RH, third year pro at 20 in the AZL isn't going to make anyone jump up and notice either...Not too hard to see how he might have been overlooked in a pretty loaded AZL, seems like a dude that can do well in the NWL next year in friendlier confines with his spin
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Postby Bertz » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:09 pm

A couple of holdovers from my notebook from the regular season: I saw Cubs lefty Brailyn Marquez, easily their top pitching prospect now, over Labor Day weekend at Wilmington, and he showed two plus-plus pitches with a 96-100 mph fastball and a slider at 86-88. He didn't throw a fastball under 98 in the first inning and was still hitting 100 in the third and 99 in the fifth, while the slider is a wipeout pitch, and I could see him becoming an Aroldis Chapman-type reliever who misses bats with both pitches, aided by a delivery that gives him deception from the left side. He has a good build for durability, but his delivery has all kinds of red flags -- he spins off his front heel, he slings the ball, his arm is late -- that make me think he's more likely a reliever than a starter.


Keith Law on Brailyn. I think he had already said an abbreviated version of this in a chat within the last month, but still interesting.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:17 pm

Keith Law! Seems like he saw him before Marquez really fully developed into his future forever self too, that may have changed his mind on the whole SP/RP thing

Nice to hear a secondary of Marquez's making progress. Sucks it's only one, another reason to not love him as a SP until he does a lot more in that role, but one can be plenty as a reliever with 100
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Postby Brian » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:23 pm

According to his Instagram Luke Hagerty has started throwing as of two weeks ago, and as of yesterday signed back with the Cubs.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:22 pm

3 Cubs in the MWL top 20:

Brailyn Márquez at 3, Brennen Davis at 10 and Riley Thompson (not Cole Roederer!) at 19. Only Wander Franco and Matthew Liberatore were ranked ahead of Brailyn.

3. Brailyn Marquez, LHP, South Bend (Cubs)
Age: 20. B-T: L-L. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 185. Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.

Even in today’s game, a lefthanded starter who can touch 100 mph is notable. Marquez is one the most electrifying southpaws in the minors, though he faces plenty of work ahead. At the end of the day, he has the pure stuff to be a solid major league starter—or dominating reliever.

“The stuff has always been there,” a scout said. “He sits upper 90s, averaging nearly 96 (mph). His curveball has come on and he’s working on his changeup. He’s still working on consistency and growing into his body. He’s not fully coordinated yet and still mastering his mechanics.”

Marquez will have his arm slot wander at times—he walked seven in 3.2 innings in one early-season start—but he also finished his Midwest League season by striking out 22 and allowing just two baserunners in his final 12 innings.


10. Brennen Davis, OF, South Bend (Cubs)
Age: 19. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 175. Drafted: HS—Chandler, Ariz., 2018 (2).

A basketball star early in his high school career, Davis missed most of his senior baseball season because of a hamstring injury. Thus when the Cubs drafted him in the second round in 2018, he was viewed as a toolsy player who would need two years in Rookie ball before he was ready for the Midwest League.

Davis quickly sped up his timetable. He made it to South Bend in late May and proved to be one of the best hitters in his team’s lineup. Despite playing just 50 games—he missed a month with a finger injury— he still finished second on the team with eight home runs.

Davis impacts the ball, with the potential to deliver average and power.

“I thought he would go to (short-season) Eugene, but he bullied his way to South Bend,” a scout said. “He’s been on fire and exceeding expectations. Davis is not just a free-swinger. He looks like a polished hitter. He’s fine defensively and covers ground.”

Davis played center field as often as he played left, and his routes need some work, but his above-average speed and instincts give him a chance to stick in center.


19. Riley Thompson, RHP, South Bend (Cubs)
Age: 23. B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 205. Drafted: Louisville, 2018 (11).

While Thompson was among the older arms in the Midwest League, his work throughout his second season as a professional was eye-catching.

It’s been a steady process of simplifying his mechanics and finding his groove at the minor league level since the Cubs took Thompson in the 11th round of the 2018 draft out of Louisville.

"He has an easy plus fastball that sits 92-96 mph,” one scout said. "He has a curveball and changeup that have a chance to be solid-average with enough command and control that he could be in a rotation. His curve is average around 3,000 rpm. There are enough strikes there, and the command will continue to get better.”

The Cubs didn’t rush Thompson, holding him at the low Class A level all season. A move to high Class A Myrtle Beach in 2020 is to be expected to add more of a challenge.
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Postby Bertz » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:33 pm

The MWL is a tough list to crack too because of the number of teams.

Very good to hear on Thompson. A 3000 RPM curveball would be top 10 in the league. Hopefully he can continue to refine his consistency and efficiency because the stuff is there.
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Postby CubsWin » Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:42 am

We got Law's thoughts on Marquez above, but he also did a write up on Ryan Lawlor, who put together one of the most dominant stat lines of any Cubs minor league pitcher this season as a reliever. Didn't really have any report on his stuff until now.

Keith Law wrote:Another Cubs lefty, Ryan Lawlor, came in later in the game and showed two above-average pitches as well, with a fastball at 93-95 mph and 11/5 curveball coming in at 79-80. He has a high three-quarters arm slot and hides the ball fairly well. He did show a changeup at 86 but only used it away to right-handed batters.


That'll work as a lefty reliever. He may have emerged as a possible Iowa shuttle option in the near future which would be a nice result for guy picked up off the scrap heap. He was dominant in the Carolina League (which is notoriously pitcher friendly), so we'll have to see how he handles AA in 2020.

Lawlor, 25, was a college junior draftee in the 8th round in 2015 and was mostly used as a starter before his release from the Braves org after 2017. He pitched in Indy ball until the Cubs signed him in July of '18. This year, he started off well in South Bend (.154 BAA, 1.83 ERA, 24 Ks in 19.2 IP) but walked 7 in his first 3 games. He settled in a bit after that and was quickly promoted to Myrtle Beach where he put up:

35.2 IP, 23 H, 1 HR, 13 BB, 61 K, .177 BAA, 1.01 WHIP, 2.02 ERA, 1.59 FIP, 1.97 xFIP.

With those numbers coming against High-A hitters while 25 years old, he's not an exciting prospect. But he is a guy who came out of nowhere (Cubs pitching lab?) to be a possible useful depth shuttle arm. A 93-95 mph fastball from the left side with the ability to miss bats is worth giving a follow.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:01 am

Who else is ahead of Davis on that MWL list? Alek Thomas....Xavier Edwards....Will Benson...Dominic Fletcher?...Joey Cantillo? Seth Corry?
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CubsWin wrote:We got Law's thoughts on Marquez above, but he also did a write up on Ryan Lawlor, who put together one of the most dominant stat lines of any Cubs minor league pitcher this season as a reliever. Didn't really have any report on his stuff until now.

Keith Law wrote:Another Cubs lefty, Ryan Lawlor, came in later in the game and showed two above-average pitches as well, with a fastball at 93-95 mph and 11/5 curveball coming in at 79-80. He has a high three-quarters arm slot and hides the ball fairly well. He did show a changeup at 86 but only used it away to right-handed batters.


That'll work as a lefty reliever. He may have emerged as a possible Iowa shuttle option in the near future which would be a nice result for guy picked up off the scrap heap. He was dominant in the Carolina League (which is notoriously pitcher friendly), so we'll have to see how he handles AA in 2020.

Lawlor, 25, was a college junior draftee in the 8th round in 2015 and was mostly used as a starter before his release from the Braves org after 2017. He pitched in Indy ball until the Cubs signed him in July of '18. This year, he started off well in South Bend (.154 BAA, 1.83 ERA, 24 Ks in 19.2 IP) but walked 7 in his first 3 games. He settled in a bit after that and was quickly promoted to Myrtle Beach where he put up:

35.2 IP, 23 H, 1 HR, 13 BB, 61 K, .177 BAA, 1.01 WHIP, 2.02 ERA, 1.59 FIP, 1.97 xFIP.

With those numbers coming against High-A hitters while 25 years old, he's not an exciting prospect. But he is a guy who came out of nowhere (Cubs pitching lab?) to be a possible useful depth shuttle arm. A 93-95 mph fastball from the left side with the ability to miss bats is worth giving a follow.


I've seen him mentioned a few times during the season as someone to watch and those times, the reports were mid-90s with a good curve too.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:24 am

TomtheBombadil wrote:Who else is ahead of Davis on that MWL list? Alek Thomas....Xavier Edwards....Will Benson...Dominic Fletcher?...Joey Cantillo? Seth Corry?


1. Wander Franco
2. Matthew Liberatore
3. Brailyn Márquez
4. Shane Baz
5. Seth McClanahan
6. Xavier Edwards
7. Tyler Freeman
8. Nolan Gorman
9. Alek Thomas
10. Brennen Davis

Yes, Tampa had the other 4 in the top 5. Neither Dominic Fletcher nor Seth Corry made the top 20.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:35 am

Ewww...I'd complain more about a pre-injured college pitcher (McLanahan) or Freeman but it's A ball. I honestly thought Davis would be higher. The guys I'd put over him are Franco, Edwards, Thomas, Gorman, Benson maybe, probably Liberatore and Baz...So as low as 8th as high as 4th
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CubsWin wrote:We got Law's thoughts on Marquez above, but he also did a write up on Ryan Lawlor, who put together one of the most dominant stat lines of any Cubs minor league pitcher this season as a reliever. Didn't really have any report on his stuff until now.

Keith Law wrote:Another Cubs lefty, Ryan Lawlor, came in later in the game and showed two above-average pitches as well, with a fastball at 93-95 mph and 11/5 curveball coming in at 79-80. He has a high three-quarters arm slot and hides the ball fairly well. He did show a changeup at 86 but only used it away to right-handed batters.


That'll work as a lefty reliever. He may have emerged as a possible Iowa shuttle option in the near future which would be a nice result for guy picked up off the scrap heap. He was dominant in the Carolina League (which is notoriously pitcher friendly), so we'll have to see how he handles AA in 2020.

Lawlor, 25, was a college junior draftee in the 8th round in 2015 and was mostly used as a starter before his release from the Braves org after 2017. He pitched in Indy ball until the Cubs signed him in July of '18. This year, he started off well in South Bend (.154 BAA, 1.83 ERA, 24 Ks in 19.2 IP) but walked 7 in his first 3 games. He settled in a bit after that and was quickly promoted to Myrtle Beach where he put up:

35.2 IP, 23 H, 1 HR, 13 BB, 61 K, .177 BAA, 1.01 WHIP, 2.02 ERA, 1.59 FIP, 1.97 xFIP.

With those numbers coming against High-A hitters while 25 years old, he's not an exciting prospect. But he is a guy who came out of nowhere (Cubs pitching lab?) to be a possible useful depth shuttle arm. A 93-95 mph fastball from the left side with the ability to miss bats is worth giving a follow.


I've seen him mentioned a few times during the season as someone to watch and those times, the reports were mid-90s with a good curve too.

I guess I missed those reports. I followed his performance in box scores but missed the scouting numbers. I'll def watch a few games of his next season in AA.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:26 am

Dan (Lansing): Brennen Davis oozes projection and tools so I was surprised to see him at #10 but I understand why considering how stacked the MWL is this year. Considering how quickly he acclimated for a raw talent could he be a top 100 guy by mid season next year?


Emily Waldon: Brennan was a lot of fun to see this year. His placement wasn't by any means a knock to his projection. I think it came down to how competitive the league proved to be this season. One aspect I really enjoyed was how he seems to sharpen as his surroundings get more challenging. Sharp kid with a bright future.


Carol (South Bend): What happened to Brailyn Marquez during the season. Did he do anything different that helped him take off or did he just gain experience?

Emily Waldon: With a lethal profile like that of Marquez, it's about channeling what he already has. His fastball easily touches triple digits but can be a bit unpredictable at times. If the Cubs are able to pace him and channel his mix, there is a ton of projection.
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