The Cubs’ top prospect list continues to change as yet another player – this time, Kris Bryant – has graduated beyond prospect eligibility. Having vacated his spot at the top, Bryant has been replaced by Addison Russell as the Cubs’ top prospect (who should graduate soon, as well) and an opening has arisen at the back end of the top 30.
According to MLB Pipeline, the newest top 30 prospect is right-handed pitcher, Jeremy Null:
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 26, 2015
On May 4, Null was named the Cubs’ Pitcher of the Month for April, after posting a 0.79 ERA with 23 strikeouts over four starts. A few days prior, Luke took a look at Null’s strong start, specifically, in a Minor League Daily.
Null, 21, is 6’7” 200 lbs starter for the Low A South Bend Cubs. Over eight starts in 2015, Null has collected a 1.89 ERA (2.34 FIP) with 39 strike outs and just 3 walks over 47.2 innings pitched.
According to MLB Pipeline, Null’s fastball sits in the 88-91 MPH range, but plays better thanks to good command and the ability to use his height to locate it down in the strike zone. He also throws a curveball and a changeup, both of which have been improving as he’s used them more.
The Cubs’ top 30 prospects list, according to MLB Pipeline, now includes an even split of pitchers and position players.