The man in charge of the Chicago Cubs’ amateur scouting and player development efforts, Jason McLeod, was on MLB Network to talk prospects, and you can watch here, or embedded below.
McLeod gets into Gleyber Torres, specifically, and is effusive in his praise. Although he notes that Torres “wilted” a little down the stretch, that’s to be expected from such a young prospect playing full-season ball.
Carl Edwards and Pierce Johnson also come in for a mention as possible bullpen pieces for the Cubs as soon as this year, should the need arise. While that’s unsurprising with respect to Edwards, it’s interesting to hear it with respect to Johnson, who still figures to begin the year in a starter rotation, either at AA Tennessee or AAA Iowa. Perhaps we’ll see the Cubs break him into the big leagues at some point as a reliever – exposing him to the bigs – before then looking at him again as a starter in the long-term. It’s not an uncommon approach.
There’s a good bit more in there, and it’s always nice to hear straight from the horse’s mouth, so give it a watch: