Another new prospect I believe has lots of room to grow is Kohl Franklin. He’s replaced Jeremiah Estrada as my favorite teenaged domestic arm on hand because I really don’t care for TJ and feel Estrada became more generic post-surgery (slider became primary secondary, filled out significantly very quickly losing some of that looseness that made him appealing coming out). I think Franklin’s arm works similarly but he’s bigger and uses his lower body better:
The ML pitcher that came to mind after like soooo much thought is Trevor Rosenthal
. While Franklin is not most particularly athletic or flexible in his delivery, he far from a stiff and can also cover some ground with other traits like size, length, and strength. He shows alot of aptitude here staying tight, up tempo, using his lower body, following through, and spin. I like that he seems comfortable with the changeup, probably the better offspeed in that clip, and the breaking ball is a curveball (albeit a below average one). I wouldn’t be stunned if he sees a big jump in velocity soon, say by 21.
So there was a piece, fluff by Mooney in The Athletic, claiming the Cubs believed they had found a future #1 (Gallardo) and future Quintana (Machado) among last year’s IFA crop. I also noted that the FanGraphs guys also were pretty complimentary of how Machado throws a baseball. While most paying attention probably know Gallardo is a potential yuge find, there does seem to be alot of positive vibes around Machado too. Luis Eljaua stated he was probably the top ranked LH available for that signing period, can throw strikes to either side of the plate (so maybe more an e/w guy to Gallardo’s n/s), and like all their signees was a very good athlete who is also a baseball player. Eljaua really seemed to want to emphasize how athletic, but also relatively polished at baseball, their top IFA signings were last year.