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  1. 1. Brennen Davis | OF
    Brennen Davis
    Born: Nov 2, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Chandler, Ariz., 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Steve McFarland.
    Minors: .260/.375/.494 | 19 HR | 8 SB | 350 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Running: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Davis starred in both baseball and basketball in high school and signed with the Cubs for $1.1 million after they drafted him 62nd overall in 2018. He had a standout first full season at low Class A South Bend, but was limited to 50 games after he was hit by a pitch and fractured his right index finger. He returned healthy in 2020 and spent the year holding his own against older pitchers at the Cubs' alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Davis is a long, lean athlete dripping with physical projection. His long levers and growing strength give him plus raw power to his pull side and allow him to drive the ball hard up the middle and the opposite way. Davis crushes breaking balls, but he has had to work hard to get on time against plus velocity and is still progressing. He's a fast learner who makes quick adjustments and controls the strike zone. Davis is a plus runner underway in the outfield and has a plus arm, but he projects to slow down as he fills out. He may begin his career in center field before eventually moving to right.

    THE FUTURE: Davis has all the tools to become an everyday outfielder for the Cubs. He should see the upper minors during the 2021 season.

  2. 2. Brailyn Marquez | LHP
    Brailyn Marquez
    Born: Jan 30, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Mario Encarnacion/Jose Serra/Alex Suarez/ Louie Eljaua.

    Fastball: 80. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 45. Control: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: The Cubs signed Marquez out of the Dominican Republic for $600,000 in 2015, the largest signing bonus given to any lefthanded pitcher in that year's international class. He sat in the low 90s with a projectable body when he signed and has since filled out to become one of baseball's hardest-throwing lefthanders. Marquez began touching 98 mph as a starter in the short-season Northwest League in 2018, then in 2019 began sitting in the upper 90s and touched 102 mph as he conquered both Class A levels. The Cubs sent him to their alternate training site in 2020, where he held his own facing more experienced hitters. He received his first callup on the final day of the regular season, but it did not go well with three walks, two wild pitches and five earned runs allowed in two-thirds of an inning against the White Sox.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Marquez generates some of the easiest velocity of any pitching prospect. His fastball sits 97-98 mph and frequently touches triple digits with startlingly little effort. He holds his velocity through his starts and has steadily become more durable every season. Marquez can dominate with his fastball alone and often does, but he is still working to improve his fastball command. He has long limbs and a thick midsection, so the Cubs have had to work with him to remain athletic in his delivery and get his upper and lower body synced up. Marquez throws his fastball for strikes when he's on time in his delivery, but when he isn't, it sails to his arm side or gets pulled into the righthanded batter's box. Marquez previously threw a mid-80s slider as his breaking ball, but he began working on pitch design at the Cubs' alternate site and separated out a slider and curveball. His slider now sits in the upper 80s with added power and tunnels well off of his fastball. His mid-80s, slurvy curveball is a change-of-pace option he can land for strikes. Marquez rounds out his arsenal with a hard 89-91 mph changeup that is getting more swings and misses every year. He sells his changeup with his arm speed and has gradually improved his command to make it a more consistent weapon. Marquez goes right after hitters and isn't afraid to challenge them, but he still has spurts of wildness. He is continuing to work on landing his secondary pitches in the strike zone and maintaining consistent fastball command.

    THE FUTURE: Marquez features explosive, top-of-the-rotation stuff from the left side. Whether he continues to improve his control will determine whether he reaches that ceiling or ends up in the bullpen, where he would have closer potential.

  3. 3. Pete Crow-Armstrong | OF
    Pete Crow-Armstrong
    Born: Mar 25, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Los Angeles, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Rusty McNamara.
    Minors: .417/.562/.500 | 0 HR | 2 SB | 24 AB

    Hitting: 50.Power: 40. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.
    TRACK RECORD: Crow-Armstrong knows the spotlight. Both of his parents are actors. He starred for USA Baseball's national teams from the age of 12. He played for Harvard-Westlake, the Los Angeles-area high school that produced first-round pitchers Lucas Giolito, Max Fried and Jack Flaherty. The Mets drafted Crow-Armstrong 19th overall in 2020 and signed him for the slot value of $3.359 million. They then traded him a year later to the Cubs, acquiring Javier Baez at the trade deadline.

    SCOUTING REPORT: As a rising senior, Crow-Armstrong ranked as the best high school prospect in his class. He stumbled on the 2019 showcase circuit but regained his form the following spring before the amateur season was scuttled. Crow-Armstrong was the best defensive outfielder in the 2020 prep class and one of its best hitters and fastest runners. His grace and anticipation in center field give him Gold Glove upside, while his above-average arm is a separator at the position. Crow-Armstrong profiles as a top-of- the-order hitter who offers advanced bat-to-ball skills, a direct swing path and the above-average speed to leg out hits. He could mature into power but is expected to be a hit-over-power offensive player.

    THE FUTURE: The Mets laud Crow-Armstrong's competitive makeup, which helps make him the leading candidate to be the Mets' center fielder of the future.

  4. 4. Cristian Hernandez | SS
    Cristian Hernandez
    Born: Dec 13, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: Several international scouts considered Dominican shortstop Cristian Hernandez to be the best player available in the 2020 international class. He has enormous upside, with the offensive ability to develop into an impact hitter in the middle of the lineup and the defensive skills that could keep him at shortstop. The Cubs signed him for $3 million when the international period opened on Jan. 15.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hernandez is 6-foot-2, 165 pounds with elite swing mechanics that have stood out for years while training in the Mejia Top 10 program. He generates excellent bat speed, gets on plane early and stays through the hitting zone for a long time. Hernandez has a knack for manipulating the bat head, enabling him to barrel pitches in all parts of the strike zone and drive the ball well to all fields. He has performed well in games and showed big power for his age early on during batting practice, with that power translating more now against live pitching. Hernandez needs little effort to generate that power, which flashes plus and should grade higher once he fills out his lean, athletic frame. He could develop into a plus or better hitter with a chance for 30-plus home runs. Early on, some scouts questioned whether Hernandez would eventually outgrow shortstop. Instead, he has enhanced his athleticism, speed and defensive ability over the last couple of years. He's now at least a plus runner underway, moving well to both sides at shortstop with the range, hands and instincts to stay there. He can throw from different angles with a plus arm that could bump up a grade once he gets stronger.

    THE FUTURE: Hernandez is still 17 and like everyone else in the 2020-21 international class needs to be tested in pro games, but he has a chance to develop into a premium player.

  5. 5. Miguel Amaya | C
    Miguel Amaya
    Born: Mar 9, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: Panama, 2015.
    Signed By: Marino Encarnacion/Jose Serra/Alex Suarez/Louie Eljaua.
    Minors: .215/.406/.304 | 1 HR | 2 SB | 79 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Running: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Amaya starred for Panama in international tournaments as an amateur and signed with the Cubs for $1 million in 2015. He quickly stood out and represented the Cubs in both the 2018 and 2019 Futures Games, then impressed manager David Ross with his physicality and work ethic during major league spring training in 2020. Amaya spent the summer at the Cubs' alternate training site gaining experience working with older pitchers.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Amaya is a big, physical backstop who looks the part of a major league catcher. He matured greatly at the alternate site camp and improved his focus, motivation and investment on defense, helping his receiving and pitch framing improve to average. He has a quick exchange and a plus arm that shuts down running games. Amaya is a patient hitter who controls the strike zone and swings at the right pitches. He has the strength to hit 20 or more home runs, but he frequently hits the ball on the ground and is still learning to elevate.

    THE FUTURE: Cubs officials were pleased with Amaya's improved work ethic behind the plate at the alternate site camp. That development has him in line to be the Cubs' catcher of the future.

  6. 6. Jordan Wicks | LHP
    Jordan Wicks
    Born: Sep 1, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 220
    Minors: 0-0 | 5.14 ERA | 5 SO | 3 BB | 7 IP

    With arguably the best changeup in the draft class, intriguing fastball metrics and a track record of performance, Wicks became Kansas State's first-ever first-rounder. The solidly-built, 6-foot-3, 220-pound southpaw has been up to 95 mph in all of his outings this year for the Wildcats, regularly sitting 92-93 with run, cut, and ride to his fastball that allows for incredible deception and disappearing action. His low-80s changeup is his most lethal weapon, and the Arkansas native relies on the plus-plus offering as much as any guy with a 70-grade secondary would. Wicks has improved his slider from being fringe-average at best to flashing plus throughout the 2021 season, and he has a curveball in the upper 70s to round out his repertoire. The lefty has great feel to pitch and extreme competitiveness that have helped him find success in the Big 12 Conference, despite pitching in a hitter-friendly home park in front of a defense that he hasn't always been able to rely on. Wicks has earned multiple honors in each of his three years at Kansas State, consistently performing and improving. Following up his summer in the Northwoods League, where the 21-year-old posted a 0.45 ERA over four starts and 20 innings with a 29-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio, this season for the Wildcats, Wicks made 15 starts and threw 92.1 innings. He posted a 3.70 ERA, allowing 90 hits and an opponent average of .249, walking 28 and striking out 118. In 203 career innings in the Big 12, he walked 58 and struck out 230. Wicks is a high-floor lefthanded strike-thrower with a history of college performance, and there just aren't many like him in the draft class. Though he's not a flamethrower, he can't be labeled a ‘vanilla stuff' pitcher with his standout changeup and the fact that his fastball plays like an invisiball.

  7. 7. Reggie Preciado | SS
    Reggie Preciado
    Born: May 16, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Panama, 2019.
    Signed By: Chris Kemp/Richard Montenegro. (Padres)
    Minors: .333/.383/.511 | 3 HR | 7 SB | 141 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Running: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Preciado trained with his father Victor, a former Yankees minor leaguer, growing up and emerged as Panama's top prospect in the 2019 international class. The Padres signed him for $1.3 million. Preciado's professional debut was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but he participated in instructional league in the fall. The Cubs acquired him as one of five players for Yu Darvish after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Preciado grew since signing and now stands 6-foot-5 with a skinny, projectable frame. He isn't overly twitchy, but he has a knack for being on time at the plate. Preciado's lefthanded swing has an elliptical path and his righthanded swing is a more compact stroke. They're different swings, but he can drive the ball from both sides and has room to grow into power as he fills out. He is still learning to control the strike zone. Preciado is a fringe-average runner, but his advanced instincts and polished defensive skills allow him to handle shortstop. His above-average arm strength should improve as he matures physically and gets stronger.

    THE FUTURE: Preciado's future hinges on how his body fills out. He'll be 17 years old on Opening Day and still has lots of growth ahead.

  8. 8. Yohendrick Pinango | OF
    Yohendrick Pinango
    Born: May 7, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Julio Figeuroa/Hector Ortega/Louie Eljaua.
    Minors: .276/.327/.373 | 5 HR | 8 SB | 421 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Pinango hit well in games as an amateur in Venezuela and was one of the Cubs' top signings in their 2018 international class. He burnished his reputation as a top hitter in his pro debut in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League, leading the league with 86 hits and finishing fourth with a .358 batting average.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Pinango has unique bat-to-ball skills for his age. He is a patient hitter who rarely chases and has an advanced feel for picking out pitches he can drive. Pinango has a quick, impactful swing and drives the ball hard to all fields on a line. He has doubles power now and may grow into home run power as he matures physically. Pinango enhances his offensive game with his speed and went 27-for-34 on stolen bases in the DSL. He plays center field now and has a chance to stick there, although he may move to a corner depending on how his body develops.

    THE FUTURE: The Cubs already consider Pinango one of the best pure hitters in their system. He should make his stateside debut in 2021.

  9. 9. Ed Howard | SS
    Ed Howard
    Born: Jan 29, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Chicago, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: John Pedrotty.
    Minors: .225/.277/.315 | 4 HR | 7 SB | 302 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 45. Running: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Howard led Chicago's Jackie Robinson West to the Little League World Series championship game in 2014 and emerged as the top prep shortstop in the 2020 draft class after a standout career at Mount Carmel High, 15 miles south of Wrigley Field. Howard didn't get to play his senior year before the coronavirus pandemic canceled his high school season, but the Cubs had seen enough of the hometown product to draft him 16th overall and sign him for $3.745 million to forgo an Oklahoma commitment.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Howard is a gifted defensive shortstop who is mature beyond his years. He makes both flashy plays and routine ones with his reliable hands and a plus, accurate arm. He has a solid internal clock and moves fluidly across the diamond, showing impressive body control for his age and elite athleticism. Howard makes contact in the strike zone against fastballs and recognizes spin, but he needs to refine his approach and add strength to impact the ball. Optimistic evaluators project .260 with 15-18 home runs as Howard's modest offensive ceiling. His elite work ethic gives him a chance for more.

    THE FUTURE: Howard's defense gives him a strong foundation. How his offense develops will determine if he becomes the Cubs' shortstop of the future.

  10. 10. D.J. Herz | LHP
    D.J. Herz
    Born: Jan 4, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 175
    Minors: 4-4 | 3.31 ERA | 131 SO | 44 BB | 82 IP

    Herz has struck out 14 batters per nine innings at Myrtle Beach and solidified himself as the best active, healthy pitching prospect in the Cubs' system. His 92-95 mph fastball plays up with deception from his crossfire delivery, his curveball is steadily improving and his changeup has been a dominant pitch that earns plus-plus grades at its best. Herz's primary goal is to improve his below-average control and be more efficient so he can last deeper into his starts.

  11. 11. Greg Deichmann | OF
    Greg Deichmann
    Born: May 31, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Louisiana State, 2017 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Kelcey Mucker.
    Minors: .274/.388/.435 | 7 HR | 10 SB | 329 AB

    Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Bizarre injuries have plagued Deichmann since 2017, when he was hit in the face by a pitch as a junior at Louisiana State. He dealt with a combination of hamate, wrist and shoulder injuries in 2018 and 2019, but was healthy for the 2019 Arizona Fall League and hit nine homers in 23 games. That was enough for the Athletics to bring Deichmann to their alternate training site in 2020, and they added him to their 40-man roster after the season. Oakland then traded Deichmann along with RHP Daniel Palencia to Chicago at the deadline for LHP Andrew Chafin.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Deichmann's carrying tool is his plus raw power from the left side. He has the bat speed and lower body strength to hit 25-30 home runs in the majors, but it will likely come with a low average and elevated strikeout rate. Scouts have been concerned about Deichmann's grooved swing since college, and he hit just .219 with a 30% strikeout rate at Double-A in 2019. Deichmann simplified his movements and made mechanical adjustments in 2020 to restore some athleticism to his swing in hopes of getting to his plus raw power more frequently. Defensively, Deichmann projects to be an average right fielder with an above-average arm.

    THE FUTURE: The A's were encouraged by Deichmann's performance at the alternate site. Now he needs consistent at-bats—and to control the strike zone better—to build on it.

  12. 12. Keegan Thompson | RHP
    Keegan Thompson
    Born: Mar 13, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Auburn, 2017 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Alex McClure.
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 16 SO | 5 BB | 15 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Thompson was Auburn's ace the moment he stepped foot on campus as a freshman, but missed his junior year after having Tommy John surgery and his stuff wasn't as crisp when he returned. The Cubs still drafted him in the third round in 2017 and signed him for $511,900. Thompson moved quickly to Double-A in his first full season, but he made only one start in 2019 before going on the injured list with elbow inflammation and received a platelet-rich plasma injection. He returned to pitch well in the Arizona Fall League and spent 2020 at the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Thompson is the proverbial bulldog on the mound who stays on the attack, fills up the strike zone and doesn't give in. His stuff is modest with a 90-93 mph fastball, above-average 85-87 mph slider, average 79-81 mph curveball and average 83-85 mph changeup, but he expertly sequences his pitches to keep hitters off balance. He moves the ball around the strike zone with plus control and avoids self-induced mistakes like walks, hit batters and wild pitches.

    THE FUTURE: The Cubs added Thompson to the 40-man roster after the 2020 season. If healthy, he has a chance to make his major league debut in 2021.

  13. 13. Kevin Made | SS
    Kevin Made
    Born: Sep 10, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Louis Eljaua/Jose Serra/Gian Guzman.
    Minors: .272/.296/.366 | 1 HR | 2 SB | 235 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Made trained in the same program as fellow Cubs 2019 international signee Ronnier Quintero and signed for $1.5 million out of the Dominican Republic. He hit well in games as an amateur and was set to make his pro debut in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the minor league season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Made is a wiry, high-waisted athlete with a lot of present ability and plenty of room to get stronger. His quick hands and strong wrists give him surprising thump for his lean frame, and he makes a lot of contact with good hand-eye coordination and a mature, selective approach. As he adds weight and strength, he has the potential to hit for both average and power. Made should stick at shortstop even as he gets bigger. He has good instincts and actions at the position, ranges well in all directions and has a plus, accurate arm that could become plus-plus as he gets stronger.

    THE FUTURE: Made is set to make his professional debut in 2021. He's far from the majors, but he is the Cubs' best pure shortstop prospect outside of Ed Howard.

  14. 14. Alexander Canario | OF
    Alexander Canario
    Born: May 7, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 203
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Ruddy Moreta.
    Minors: .230/.300/.431 | 18 HR | 21 SB | 408 AB

    Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Running: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Canario signed for $60,000 in 2016 and slowly worked his way through the system before breaking out in 2019. He hit .301/.365/.539 at short-season Salem-Keizer despite playing through a sprained left shoulder. Canario spent 2020 at the alternate training site and went to instructional league in the fall, where he dislocated the same shoulder while playing the outfield. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum. Canario was included in the Giants-Cubs Kris Bryant deal at the 2021 trade deadline.

    SCOUTING REPORT: When Canario connects, he tends to do damage. He has plus raw power and ranked among the Giants' leaders in home runs and OPS during his breakout 2019. The biggest question is his plate discipline. Canario can be far too eager to swing, especially with two strikes. With that in mind, his work at the alternate site involved developing a more concrete plan and staying calm when behind in the count. Canario has plenty of work to do on defense. He has plenty of arm strength to stick in right field and the above-average speed to cover ground, but he does not get good jumps or reads and needs a lot more polish.

    THE FUTURE: Canario is not expected to be ready for spring training. Once he recovers from his surgery, he will head to one of the organization's Class A affiliates.

  15. 15. Kohl Franklin | RHP
    Kohl Franklin
    Born: Sep 9, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Broken Arrow, Okla., 2018 (6th round).
    Signed By: Ty Nichols.

    Fastball: 60. Changeup: 60. Curveball: 50. Control: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Franklin is the nephew of 12-year major league pitcher Ryan Franklin and came from the same Oklahoma high school that produced Brad Penny and Archie Bradley. The Cubs liked his size and pedigree and drafted him in the sixth round in 2018 despite the fact he missed most of his senior year with a broken foot. Franklin signed for an above-slot $540,000 bonus and saw his stuff jump as he climbed to low Class A South Bend the following summer.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Franklin checks all the boxes for a young pitcher with a projectable 6-foot-4 frame, an athletic delivery and three pitches he can throw for strikes. He pounds the strike zone with a 92-95 mph fastball and shows advanced feel for an 80-84 changeup. His biggest development has been his curveball, now a big breaker at 75-77 mph with increased depth that gets batters swinging and missing over the top. Franklin's frame and athleticism provide optimism he will add velocity and develop above-average control in time. He's thrown just 50.2 professional innings and needs to show he can maintain his stuff and command over an expanded workload.

    THE FUTURE: The Cubs believe Franklin has the upside of a mid-rotation starter. He's on track for full-season ball in 2021.

  16. 16. Chase Strumpf | 2B
    Chase Strumpf
    Born: Mar 8, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 191
    Drafted/Signed: UCLA, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Tom Myers.
    Minors: .231/.352/.381 | 7 HR | 4 SB | 268 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Strumpf preceded Royce Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, as the shortstop at national power JSerra High in Southern California. Strumpf went on to a decorated three-year career at UCLA, capped by winning Most Outstanding Player of the Los Angeles Regional his junior year. The Cubs drafted him in the second round, No. 64 overall, and signed him for just over $1.05 million. He reached low Class A for six games in his pro debut.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Strumpf is a consistent, mature hitter with a patient approach and knack for putting the barrel on the ball. He works counts, takes his walks and lines the ball hard to the gaps when he gets a pitch to hit. Strumpf is mostly a contact hitter, but he has sneaky power the Cubs believe will translate into more home runs as he takes a more aggressive approach. Strumpf makes all the routine plays at second base and has shown better arm strength in pro ball than he did in college, allowing him to play the left side of the infield as needed. Strumpf has dealt with foot, back and wrist injuries in the last three years, so health is a concern.

    THE FUTURE: Strumpf has a chance to develop into a steady, everyday second baseman who hits for average and possibly power. He'll move to full-season ball in 2021.

  17. 17. Ryan Jensen | RHP
    Ryan Jensen
    Born: Nov 23, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Fresno State, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Gabe Zappin.
    Minors: 3-7 | 4.16 ERA | 90 SO | 31 BB | 80 IP

    Fastball: 70. Slider: 55. Changeup: 40. Control: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Jensen began as a reliever at Fresno State before transitioning to the rotation as a sophomore. He blossomed as a junior, winning Mountain West Conference pitcher of the year honors, and the Cubs drafted him 27th overall and signed him for $2 million. Jensen pitched a 2.25 ERA in his pro debut at short-season Eugene, but also struggled with his control with 14 walks and 19 strikeouts in 12 innings.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jensen is a tremendous athlete with loads of raw arm strength. His fastball is a plus-plus offering that ticked up to 95-100 mph based on data the Cubs received during the shutdown, and it plays up further with plus armside life. Jensen's mid-80s slider continues to get sharper the more he throws it and projects to be an above-average pitch. Jensen rarely threw a changeup in college and is still in the early stages of developing one. He is relatively new to starting, so his control and feel to pitch are still developing. Some Cubs officials believe Jensen is athletic enough to become an average strike-thrower, but others are less bullish.

    THE FUTURE: Jensen's changeup and control will be key to watch in his first full season in 2021. If they stall, his fastball and slider combination will play in high-leverage relief.

  18. 18. Alexander Vizcaino | RHP
    Alexander Vizcaino
    Born: May 22, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 172
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Juan Rosario.
    Minors: 0-2 | 5.95 ERA | 26 SO | 19 BB | 20 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 70. Control: 55.
    Track Record: Vizcaino signed for just $14,000 and began his career with three nondescript seasons, but he broke out in 2019 on the strength of a greatly improved changeup to go with his explosive fastball. The Yankees, impressed with his gains, brought him to their alternate training site in 2020 despite the fact he has yet to pitch above high Class A. Vizcaino was dealt to the Cubs at the trade deadline along with OF Kevin Alcantara in exchange for 1B Anthony Rizzo.

    Scouting Report: Vizcaino is an elite athlete who is one of the fastest runners and highest jumpers in the Yankees' system. He pairs that athleticism with a powerful right arm that generates upper-90s fastballs and a plus-plus changeup, which helped him strike out more than a batter per inning in 2019, Vizcaino's slider was a point of focus at the alternate training site. Rather than change the pitch itself, the Yankees tweaked Vizcaino's delivery with a bit of a hip turn to help him stay closed and on-line toward the plate. Those alterations helped him land his slider more consistently and play as an average pitch. Vizcaino throws all his pitches for strikes but still needs to add strength to his frame, which will help improve his durability.

    The Future: After a summer facing more experienced hitters, he may open 2021 at Double-A. .

  19. 19. Kevin Alcantara | OF
    Kevin Alcantara
    Born: Jul 12, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Edgar Mateo/Juan Piron.
    Minors: .345/.423/.588 | 5 HR | 5 SB | 119 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Yankees were aggressive on the 2018 international market, signing five of the top 50 players. Alcantara ranked No. 15 on that list and has arguably the highest ceiling of the group, which also included catcher and fellow Top 30 prospect Antonio Gomez. He performed well in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where he ranked as the circuit's No. 8 prospect. The Yankees dealt Alcantara along with RHP Alexander Vizcaino to the Cubs for 1B Anthony Rizzo at the trade deadline.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Tall and lithe, Alcantara's body reminds some of Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson. He's added nearly 20 pounds since signing, and the Yankees believe there's room for even more. His long strides allow him to cover plenty of ground in center field, where his well above-average speed shows up more often than on times from home to first. Alcantara is an aggressive hitter with a big leg kick that can cause him to get out of sync at times. His approach will be tested as he moves through the minors--especially without two levels between the GCL and low Class A--and he'll need to keep his swing in rhythm as much as possible to unlock his true offensive potential.

    THE FUTURE: After spending the shutdown in the Dominican Republic, Alcantara finally got back on the field in a semi-official capacity at the Yankees' D.R. instructional league. He should crack low Class A at some point in 2021 and has one of the higher ceilings among the Yankees' group of lower-level prospects.

  20. 20. Justin Steele | LHP
    Justin Steele
    Born: Jul 11, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Lucedale, Miss., 2014 (5th round).
    Signed By: J.P. Davis.
    Minors: 2-0 | 1.32 ERA | 29 SO | 13 BB | 28 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Steele became the highest-drafted Mississippi high school pitcher in 15 years when the Cubs selected him in the fifth round in 2014 and signed him for $1 million. He had Tommy John surgery in 2017, missed most of 2018 recovering and was limited by an oblique injury in 2019, but he rebounded to earn his first big league callup in 2020. He didn't get to pitch before returning to the alternate training site, and then suffered a hamstring injury.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The Cubs prepared Steele for a bullpen role at the alternate site and saw his stuff tick up in shorter stints. His fastball jumped to 94-96 mph with riding life, and he integrated a sharp, mid-80s slider into his arsenal that was rarely used before. He still has his downer, 76-80 mph curveball that was his best pitch as a starter and a usable changeup with late fade. Steele struggled to keep a consistent rhythm in his delivery as a starter and suffered control problems, but he throws enough strikes in relief.

    THE FUTURE: The Cubs haven't given up on Steele as a starter but like what he offers in the bullpen. His major league debut should come in 2021.

  21. 21. Christopher Morel | SS/OF
    Christopher Morel
    Born: Jun 24, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 140
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Jose Estevez/Gian Guzman/Jose Serra.
    Minors: .223/.303/.427 | 18 HR | 18 SB | 403 AB

    Hitting: 45. Power: 60. Running: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 70.

    TRACK RECORD: The Cubs signed Morel for $800,000 as part of their stellar 2015 international signing class that included Brailyn Marquez, Miguel Amaya and current Tigers third baseman Isaac Paredes. Morel struggled initially after signing but broke out at low Class A South Bend in 2019 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. The Cubs brought him to their alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Morel has some of the loudest tools in the Cubs' system. He has massive, plus-plus raw power, is a plus runner and has a cannon for a right arm. Morel's issue is he often plays too fast. He's an aggressive, free swinger who chases fastballs up and breaking balls down and away and rushes plays in the infield, resulting in too many throwing errors. He reeled in his approach to stay up the middle at the alternate site and improved greatly over the course of camp, giving the Cubs hope he will hit enough to get to his power. He's an average defender at third base who can also stand at shortstop and second base. The Cubs plan to experiment with him in center field to expand his versatility.

    THE FUTURE: Morel made great strides at the alternate site in 2020. He'll see if they hold in 2021.

  22. 22. Riley Thompson | RHP
    Riley Thompson
    Born: Jul 9, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Louisville, 2018 (11th round).
    Signed By: Jacob Williams.

    Fastball: 55. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Thompson had Tommy John surgery his freshman year at Louisville and struggled to throw strikes when he returned, leaving him with a career 5.82 ERA despite solid stuff. The Cubs drafted him in the 11th round and gave him an above-slot $200,000 bonus because they believed they could fix his control. Thompson rewarded that faith in his first full season at low Class A South Bend, going 8-6, 3.06 in 21 starts and, most importantly, walking fewer than three batters per nine innings.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Thompson has a prototypical starter's build and three pitches he can throw for strikes. He attacks the zone with a high-spin fastball that ranges from 90-96 mph and complements it with a high-spin, mid-80s curveball that shows flashes of being a putaway pitch. Thompson found a changeup grip that worked for him in his first instructional league, settling on a “Vulcan” grip, and the result was a sinking change that gets swings and misses in the strike zone. Thompson's command and control have improved the further he's moved away from Tommy John surgery, in part because he's throwing with more conviction and confidence.

    THE FUTURE: Both the Cubs and opposing evaluators believe Thompson is a solid future starter. He has a chance to see Double-A at some point during the 20201 season.

  23. 23. Owen Caissie | OF
    Owen Caissie
    Born: Jul 8, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Burlington, Ont., 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Chris Kemlo. (Padres)
    Minors: .302/.434/.489 | 7 HR | 1 SB | 182 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Caissie starred as the top power hitter on Canada's junior national team and generated buzz in the spring when he hit a home run over the batter's eye at the Blue Jays' spring training stadium. The Padres drafted him 45th overall and signed him for just over $1.2 million to forgo a Michigan commitment. Caissie briefly played at the Padres alternate training site, but he got hit by a pitch on the elbow at the start of instructional league and missed most of the fall. The Cubs acquired him as one of five players for Yu Darvish after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Caissie is a big lefthanded hitter with plus raw power and room to add even more strength. He posts some of the top exit velocities and longest home run distances in every environment he plays. Caissie's swing can get long and he is prone to striking out, but when he gets a fastball over the plate he crushes it. He is a hard worker who spends every free moment in the batting cage. Caissie is much more raw defensively. He has average speed and an average arm, but he's not comfortable with high fly balls and is still learning proper footwork.

    THE FUTURE: Caissie has the power for 30-plus home runs if he can make enough contact. His pro debut awaits in 2021.

  24. 24. Nelson Velazquez | OF
    Nelson Velazquez
    Born: Dec 26, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Edwards Guzman.
    Minors: .270/.333/.496 | 20 HR | 17 SB | 385 AB

    Velazquez made a swing adjustment to flatten his bat path and stay in the zone longer. The changes have helped him stay on fastballs better and use the whole field more. His strikeout rate remains too high, but he is making improvements and was recently promoted to Double-A Tennessee.

  25. 25. Cory Abbott | RHP
    Cory Abbott
    Born: Sep 20, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Loyola Marymount, 2017 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Tom Myers.
    Minors: 5-6 | 5.91 ERA | 130 SO | 53 BB | 96 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Abbott didn't attract much attention in college until he learned a new slider grip from watching videos of Noah Syndergaard. Armed with his new slider, Abbott became an All-American his junior year and threw the first perfect game in Loyola Marymount history. The Cubs drafted him 67th overall and signed him for just over $900,000. Abbott continued his ascent in pro ball and led the Double-A Southern League in strikeouts in 2019. He spent 2020 at the Cubs' alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Abbott's success starts with his slider. It's a short, firm offering at 86-88 mph he commands to both sides of the plate. Lefties struggle with the break and righties don't pick it up out of his slightly crossfire delivery, allowing Abbott to get both swings and misses and called strikes with it. He also has a hard, 12-to-6 curveball that gets batters swinging over the top. Abbott's fastball sits 90-92 mph and tops out at 94, but it plays well up in the zone with an elevated spin rate. His changeup is a nonfactor. Abbott is competitive, durable and adjusts quickly. He commands all his pitches and moves the ball around the strike zone.

    THE FUTURE: Abbott is in line for his major league debut in 2021. He projects as a solid, durable starter or swingman.

  26. 26. James Triantos | 3B
    James Triantos
    Born: Jan 29, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Minors: .327/.376/.594 | 6 HR | 3 SB | 101 AB

    Triantos wasn't scouted heavily last summer because at the time he was a member of the 2022 high school class, ranking as a top-50 prospect in the prep group. In the fall, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound shortstop reclassified for 2021 and he's had an excellent season for an impressive Madison High club in Vienna, Va. Triantos is a North Carolina commit, but there's a chance he doesn't make it to Chapel Hill given his performance this spring, though the industry does seem a bit split on him, perhaps because of his more limited scouting history. Triantos is a bat-first infielder whom scouts think could develop into a plus hitter with solid power potential. He swings with intent, has solid bat speed and has improved his body over the offseason, though he's filled out at the moment and doesn't project for a ton more physically. He's a solid athlete and a plus runner now, though that run grade could back up as he continues to mature. Defensively, he has plus arm strength that would work for shortstop, but most scouts seem to think he'll be a better fit at second or third base, where he'll provide solid glovework. Triantos has touched 96 mph on the mound with a good breaking ball and below-average changeup and cutter, but most teams prefer his upside as a hitter.

  27. 27. Caleb Kilian | RHP
    Caleb Kilian
    Born: Jun 2, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 180
    Minors: 7-4 | 2.42 ERA | 112 SO | 13 BB | 101 IP

    Kilian was one of the breakout performers in the Giants' system this year. He works with a lively 91-94 mph fastball and flashes a plus breaking ball, but he mostly pitches with average stuff and gets hitters out by spotting everything with above-average command. Rival evaluators aren't sure his mix will work as a starter in the major leagues, but he's slowly gaining believers.

  28. 28. Max Bain | RHP
    Max Bain
    Born: Sep 25, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 240
    Minors: 5-9 | 5.52 ERA | 113 SO | 56 BB | 93 IP

    Bain went undrafted out of NCAA Division II Northwood (Mich.) and played a year in the independent United Shore Baseball League before being signed by the Cubs in January 2020. He has increased his velocity and now sits at 95 mph on his fastball to go with a high-spin downer curveball and a slider that's been successful against righties. Bain is still learning to trust his stuff and attack the zone more but is moving in the right direction.

  29. 29. Ben Leeper | RHP
    Ben Leeper
    Born: Jun 15, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Minors: 4-3 | 1.29 ERA | 53 SO | 13 BB | 35 IP

    Leeper signed as a nondrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State last year and is already in Triple-A as one of the Cubs' most promising relief prospects. His fastball has been sitting at 95 mph and touching 98 while his upper-80s slider has been a “sick” pitch in the words of one observer. He pounds the zone with his power stuff and has a chance to make his major league debut this season.

  30. 30. Manuel Rodriguez | RHP
    Manuel Rodriguez
    Born: Aug 6, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Mexico, 2016.
    Signed By: Sergio Hernandez/Louie Eljaua.
    Minors: 1-1 | 1.31 ERA | 27 SO | 12 BB | 21 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Rodriguez won the Mexican League's rookie of the year award in 2015 as Yucatan's closer and signed with the Cubs for $400,000 after the 2016 season, the largest international bonus the club awarded that year. Rodriguez averaged 12.4 strikeouts-per-nine at high Class A Myrtle Beach in 2019 and was added to the Cubs' 40-man roster before the 2020 season. He turned heads in spring training, but suffered a forearm strain just before camps shut down.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez has a power arsenal befitting a late-game reliever. His four-seam fastball checks in at 95-98 mph with cut and ride and his heavy two-seamer sits 94-97 mph, giving him two power offerings to overpowers hitters. He complements his fastballs with a power, downer curveball in the mid 80s that generates a lot of swing-and-misses, as well as a softer, sweepier breaking ball to disrupt batters' timing. Rodriguez struggled to throw strikes when he was younger, but a more consistent delivery has helped him pound the strike zone and cut his walks significantly.

    THE FUTURE: Rodriguez emerged fully healthy after rehabbing at the Cubs complex in Arizona. He has the stuff to join the Cubs bullpen in the near future.

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