Chicago Cubs 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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|Duane Underwood Jr.||RHP|
|Albert Almora Jr.||OF|
|Steven Souza Jr.||OF|
The most intriguing names on the Cubs' list are a pair of blasts from the past. Lefthanders Danny Hultzen and Rex Brothers each made the team's Summer Camp roster and were assigned to the group working out at Wrigley Field in preparation for the season. Hultzen pitched 3.1 innings for the Cubs last season, his first innings in the big leagues since being drafted No. 2 overall in 2011. Brothers pitched in one game in the big leagues with the Braves in 2018, then spent 2019 in the minor leagues with the Yankees in 2019 before latching on with the Cubs for this season.
The amount of Top 10 Prospects left off both of the Cubs' groups—Wrigley Field and the Alternate Training Site of low Class A South Bend's Four Winds Field—is more than a little surprising. No. 5 prospect Chase Strumpf, No. 6 Cole Roederer, No. 7 Ryan Jensen, No. 8 Ethan Hearn, No. 9 Riley Thompson and No. 10 Cory Abbott are all missing from either list despite 10 vacancies between the two.
Adbert Alzolay, the team's No. 11 prospect, who has big league experience, is on the group at South Bend. Just one player from the rest of the Cubs' Top 30 Prospects list—No. 27 Christopher Morel, who will report to South Bend with Alzolay and top prospect Brailyn Marquez—is among Chicago's Player Pool.
Miguel Amaya, one of the game's best catching prospects, will also report to South Bend.
It is also notable that the Cubs have 10 spots to play with between sites, so any number of prospects could be added.
The group in the big leagues is pretty straightforward. It is designed to compete in this year's sprint to the finish line. But in a year when there is likely to be very little in the way of a minor league season, it's hard to understand why so many of the team's prospects are being left at home initially.