Weaknesses : Not very deep. Lack high upside arms after Brett Cecil. Still looking for high school hitters from their draft to produce. Looking forward : Toronto will have a tough time in the AL East this year. There have already been a few rumors that Roy Halladay may be moved at the deadline this year, which would really help out this farm system. Rebuilding might be the best option given the current state of their team and the competition they face.
Travis Snider will almost certainly graduate this year.
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Prospect to watch : David Cooper , 1B. Jack Zduriencik was able to add a number of intriguing prospects in his final draft with Milwaukee. Weaknesses : Pitching is weak as even top pitching prospects have question marks. Looking forward : Milwaukee may trade some of their surplus of hitting prospects for some pitching help. Prospect to watch : Cutter Dykstra , OF. The son of Lenny Dykstra, Cutter has great speed and a good approach at the plate. Wilson Ramos is one of the more underrated catching prospects in the game.
Good depth. Weaknesses : Top prospects at least a year or two away.
Could use some more quality infield prospects. Looking forward : Minnesota continues to a good job with the farm system as the major league team stays competitive. A lot of the top guys in their system will likely remain prospects next year. Prospect to watch : Shooter Hunt , SP. Lots of pitching depth behind them. Weaknesses : Not much depth with hitting prospects after Moustakas and Hosmer. Looking forward : Moustakas and Hosmer and a lot of the pitchers should remain.
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The number 12 pick should add another good prospect to the system. Prospect to watch : Tim Melville, SP. Melville was one of the top high school pitching prospects coming into the draft but fell to the fourth round. Brett Wallace might be the best pure hitter in the minors.
Good depth, especially with relievers and at third base. Weaknesses : Starting pitching needs improvement. Question marks with middle infield prospects. Looking forward : Jeff Lunhow has done a nice job improving the system as St.
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Louis had one of the worst farm systems in the league a few years ago. Prospect to watch : Adam Reifer , RP. A nice find from college, Reifer has the chance for two plus-plus pitches and could rocket through the minors in Pretty good depth. Well, the answer is easy. Pereda is not only a great defensive catcher but was named the top Defensive catcher in all MILB for Cubs re-sign year old pitching prospect This has already been a great story to follow, but with Luke Hagerty getting another chance in Chicago, the story becomes all that much better than it originally was.
Season in Review: Iowa Cubs It was a magical year for the Iowa Cubs in , as they not only managed to make the playoffs, but managed to take home their first division title since the season. Cubs announce their Minor league players of the month Cubs minor leaguer named Southern League pitcher of the week Midwest League All-Star game will feature Pitbull Cubs make several roster moves Cubs announce minor league managers and staff Cubs announce minor league coordinators Tennessee Smokies named top Double-A organization by Baseball America Cubs sign lefty reliever Cubs announce several roster moves Cubs claim lefty pitching prospect from White Sox Cubs infielder claimed by Rangers Cubs claim former Mets infielder, make multiple roster moves Cubs claim outfielder from Twins Cubs exercise option on Quintana, claim LHP off waivers Cubs announce multi-year agreement with team affiliates Cubs announce new hitting coach Cubs add reliever, place Morrow on DL Cubs announce their minor league player and pitcher of the year Cubs shut down pitcher for the season Cubs recall reliever from Triple-A.
Photo Galleries. Cubs Spring Training Marchan, 20, has already become the top catching prospect in the system and opened this season at Lakewood. The year-old lefty was with a 6. But he rebounded in a big way and went with a 2. He got off to another rocky start this season at triple-A Lehigh Valley, posting a He features a fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup and displayed great command last season when he posted a league-best 2.
He is back at Lehigh Valley for the start of this season. The Phillies might not have a closer, but the Reading FightinPhils do, and it would not be surprising if Dohy, 22, found his way into the big-league bullpen before the season is over. Through four games and seven innings, he already had 13 strikeouts for Reading while allowing just two hits.
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He has swing-and-miss stuff, but in order to get to Philadelphia he will have to improve his command. Right now, he is a starter at Reading and he has struggled to throw strikes, walking seven batters in his first two starts. The year-old center fielder from Venezuela projects as a leadoff hitter with great speed. He stole 18 bases and was thrown out just four times last season while hitting.
Muzziotti opened this season at Clearwater. The year-old lefty was a 12th-round pick out of the University of Mississippi two years ago and he forced his way onto the prospect radar by posting a combined 1. He found things to be more difficult in his first two starts at double-A Reading and has also struggled with his command in the early going. The year-old Venezuelan does not wow with his velocity, but he has a nasty cutter and a great feel for pitching.
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And at some point you have to look at the numbers and say the kid has a real chance. Phillies assistant general manager Bryan Minniti said after last season that Rosso could have just as easily won the Owens Award that went to Parkinson after going a combined with a 2. The year-old pitcher stands out in a crowd because he is 7-feet tall, but he has also solidified his status as a big-league pitching prospect by performing well at every level so far in his career. The Long Island native opened this season at Clearwater and had 13 strikeouts and just one walk in his first 10 innings.
Randy Johnson, of course, was the quintessential big lefty, but Young relies more on his command than velocity at this point in his career. The Phillies took the University of Notre Dame outfielder in the fifth round last year and he got off to an impressive professional start by hitting a combined.
He opened this season at Clearwater. With the addition of J. Grullon, however, has shown steady improvement as he climbed through the minors. A year ago at Reading, the year-old native of the Dominican Republic established career bests in average. The year-old lefty is the grandson of former NBA player Darrall Imhoff, who spent two seasons with the 76ers.
He entered the prospect conversation last season by going with a 3. He has also walked 10, which means he is obviously a work in progress. The year-old righthander is pitching this season at Lakewood. He made just 15 errors in games while batting. The year-old Illinois native is off to a solid start at Clearwater.
The year-old catcher from the Dominican Republic showed off a powerful arm and bat last season at Lakewood.
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