The Seven Chicago Cubs Prospects for the Arizona Fall League Have Been Selected

Each yr, after the minor league seasons finish, there’s a prospect league in Arizona for further high-end competitors and participant growth. The Arizona Fall League is possibly a possibility for gamers to face higher hitters/pitchers than they confronted throughout the common season, or possibly a possibility to make up for time misplaced to harm, or possibly a last probability for a company to judge prospects forward of the 40-man rostering selections in November.

The AFL, which kicks off October 3 and concludes with a championship on November 12, permits organizations to ship as much as seven prospects to play on mixed groups – the Chicago Cubs’ prospects play on the Mesa Solar Sox.

Thanks to Marquee’s Lance Brozdowski, we now know the seven Cubs prospects heading to the AFL:

Going in reverse order there, as Brozdowski notes, we already knew about the three place prospects. Brennan Davis goes to get extra reps, since he missed a lot of the yr along with his again process. Matt Mervis goes so he can preserve working in opposition to high-level pitching competitors upfront of probably making the leap to MLB subsequent yr.

Mrs Miguel Amaya was to not solely make up misplaced at bats, however he was going to be catching for the first time since his Tommy John surgical procedure final yr. To that finish, the timing of the ankle harm is extraordinarily unlucky, and we are able to solely hope it is not too extreme. If not, then it is potential we might nonetheless see him play in the AFL, even when possibly not straight away. If that timing does not work out, you could possibly see the Cubs search to ship a unique place prospect as an alternative, and/or you could possibly see the Cubs attempt to get Miguel Amaya sport motion in an expert winter league afterward in the Dominican Republic or Venezuela or Puerto Rico. Two years in the past, Amaya performed in the Puerto Rican Winter League, for what that is price. That league kicks off on November 4.

As for the 4 pitchers going to the AFL, it is a combine we have seen earlier than (legit massive league aid prospects), however it’s kinda fascinating as a result of NONE are Rule 5 eligible this yr. There is not any additional analysis happening – simply pure participant growth.

Zac Leigh, 24, is considered one of the largest breakout aid prospects in the system, having been a sixteenth spherical decide simply final yr, after which exploding virtually straight away in the Cubs group as a reliever. He’s pitched at High-A and Double-A this yr, posting a mixed 2.76 ERA over 32.2 innings, with a 35.5% Okay charge and 10.9% BB charge. His stuff profiles as big-league-caliber, and clearly the Cubs wish to get him extra innings upfront of 2023, when he would possibly already be on the radar as an up-down man.

Riley Martin, 24, helped the South Bend Cubs win their opening playoff sport final night time, and has been succeeding there for the Cubs most of the season as a multi-inning reliever. The 2021 sixth spherical lefty (senior signal) began out at High-A Myrtle Beach this yr, however his outcomes had been over-the-top ridiculous. With South Bend, it has been extra of a problem, though he is received a 2.55 ERA going again to the begin of June (30.7% Okay charge, 13.2% BB). Last night time’s was simply his second single-inning look of the yr, so he is actually been a multi-inning man. Already as much as 88.2 innings on the yr, Martin is kinda getting a minor league starter’s workload with out being a starter. Curious what the Cubs take into consideration for him long-term, however he feels just a little additional away than Leigh.

Bailey Horn, 24, was the Cubs’ return in the Ryan Tepera commerce in 2021, having been a fifth spherical decide of the White Sox in 2020. The Cubs virtually instantly transformed him to aid, and he is had considered one of the most excessive years you will see: he’ll go three outings of absolute dominance and close to perfection, after which he’ll have an outing the place he cannot discover the strike zone in any respect. If you speak to of us who simply consider the pitches, it is massive league stuff. But the management and consistency nonetheless have an extended approach to go, and at 48.0 innings on the yr between High-A and Double-A, there’s room for him to do extra work down in Arizona and hopefully put himself on the radar as an up -down man as quickly as subsequent yr.

Sheldon Reed, 25, has thrown simply 38.2 innings this yr, principally at High-A, and the Cubs clearly simply need him to get extra work in. An undrafted signing out of that abbreviated 2020 draft, Reed confirmed sufficient final yr as a kind of older-but-lower-level pure aid prospects to be on the radar this yr, after which he is proven sufficient good things this yr to remain on the radar His ERA at South Bend is over 5, however there have been some early blowups when he first arrived. Since the starting of July, the ERA is 4.24, with a 32.9% Okay charge and 11.8% BB charge.

On the entire, these are all older relief-only guys who’ve been in a position to succeed at the decrease ranges, and their choice to the AFL implies that the Cubs see sufficient in the stuff that they’ll mission as potential future massive league relievers. That’s no small feat, as we have mentioned earlier than: the guys who get moved to aid at the lowest ranges, particularly at older ages, just about must look ridiculous with a purpose to climb the ladder, the place they are going to be competing for roster area with youthful beginning pitching prospects who lastly must make the transition to the bullpen.

Or not less than, that is typically been the mannequin for the place a few of your helpful younger relievers wind up coming from in the massive leagues (guys who began up till Double-A/Triple-A, and simply could not preserve it sufficient in opposition to higher bats to remain in the rotation, like Michael Rucker and Erich Uelmen, for instance). But the Cubs appear to be more and more pushing these relief-only varieties with noticeable success (Brandon Hughes, Jeremiah Estrada, Ethan Roberts, and Manny Rodriguez had been all homegrown relief-only prospects who’ve seen massive league time this yr). I’m wondering if there are some new-ish scouting and growth dynamics at play that we’ll see extra clearly in the years to return.

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