bryan hudson altonThe Cubs selected Bryan Hudson in the third round of the 2015 draft. He was the first pitcher they selected this year.

Last night the 6’8″ lefty, taken out of a high school in Illinois, made his professional debut in Arizona. It was not a particularly auspicious debut as he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in two thirds of an inning, but it was a start. He will definitely have better appearances down the road.

Hudson is very raw, so it may take a couple of years before we have a good read on his potential, but the pre-draft reports billed him as a guy with mid-rotation upside. He won’t move into that job any time soon, but there is upside there worth waiting on.

There is also enough upside to make him a candidate for the Top 40. Until today he was not eligible for inclusion since he had not pitched professionally in the Arizona Rookie League or higher, and unfortunately he took the mound just days after the range in which he would have fit, high twenties to mid thirties, had been published. I suppose we can consider him an unofficial member of the lower levels of the list. He will certainly be a candidate when the 2016 edition comes together next spring.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa jumped to an early lead, but lost it in the next inning. They lost the game, too, 8-4.
Tennessee – Tennessee rallied for two in the ninth, but came up just short. They lost 4-3.
Myrtle Beach – A big fourth inning did most of the damage in this 9-3 win.
South Bend – The Cubs never trailed in this 7-1 win.
Eugene – The Emeralds could not find their offense in this 7-0 loss.
Arizona – The Cubs scored twice in the first, but then did not score again. They lost 3-2.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Eric Jokisch was back on the mound for Iowa, but it was a rocky return. He allowed 4 runs on 9 hits in his 4 innings of work.

  • [Iowa] Tommy La Stella homered, his first for Iowa, and finished 2 for 4.
  • [Iowa] John Andreoli doubled and finished 1 for 4. Matt Szczur doubled and finished 2 for 4.
  • [Tennessee] Albert Almora doubled and finished 2 for 3 with a walk. Is this the start of a new multi-hit game streak?
  • [Tennessee] Jacob Hannemann finished 2 for 5.
  • [Tennessee] Pierce Johnson struck out 6 over 7 innings. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and a walk.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Jason Vosler homered for the 5th time, and also walked.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Chesny Young finished with 2 hits and his 9th steal. Cael Brockmeyer finished with a double and 2 walks.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Daury Torrez struck out 5 over 6 innings. He allowed 7 hits in that span, but held the damage to just 2 runs.
  • [South Bend] Rashad Crawford doubled and finished 2 for 3 with a walk. David Bote also had 2 hits.
  • [South Bend] Gleyber Torres singled, walked, and stole his 22nd base.
  • [South Bend] Dillon Maples struck out 4 in his 2.1 innings of relief. He allowed just one hit.
  • [Eugene] Justin Steele struck out 3, allowed 2 hits, and walked one in his 2 innings on the mound.
  • [Eugene] Donnie Dewees, Frandy Delarosa, and Eloy Jimenez each had one hit.
  • [Arizona] P.J. Higgins homered for the 2nd time. He also walked.
  • [Arizona] Darryl Wilson singled and stole the 4th base of his short career.

Other News

  • Speaking of the Top 40, the final batch of ten will be published later today. This is the edition that will feature the Cubs’ new number one prospect.
  • It won’t be Sluggo. I’m not sure what the Emeralds mascot is up to here, but… no, I’m pretty sure I’m happy not knowing.

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