You probably have heard quite a lot of Eloy Jimenez, the former best prospect in the Cubs’ system, both before and after the trade. And you probably have heard a lot about Dylan Cease, the former best pitching prospect in the Cubs’ system, both before and after the trade. But odds are good you are not as familiar with Matt Rose or Bryant Flete.
Rose is a right-handed slugging first baseman. With South Bend last season he hit 13 homers in 78 games; with Myrtle Beach this season he had already hit 14 in 65 games. Other than his power, though, the rest of his line has not been great this season. He is hitting. .227/.281/.481 with a walk rate of just 5.9% and a strikeout rate of 24.8%. Rose is a guy the White Sox will probably just stash and develop for another couple of years. It is unlikely that he makes it to Chicago, but I suspect the Sox think they can work with him to maintain the power and improve the rest of his overall numbers. Either way, their risk is near zero.
Bryant Flete is a bit of a different story. A left-handed hitting second baseman, Flete is a bit old for High A (he turned 24 in January). His numbers, though, suggest he is due for another shot at the next level. So far this year he is hitting .305/.355/.425 with 6 homers, 4 steals, a walk rate of 6%, and a strikeout rate of just 17.6%. Those aren’t the number of a high ceiling prospect, but they are an indication that Double A at least should be in his future. I would not be shocked to see Flete work his way to Chicago as a light-hitting utility infielder who bounces between Triple A and the majors one day. As with Rose, though, the risk to the Sox is near zero.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa was rained out.
- Trevor Clifton: 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K
- Brad Markey: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 K
- Daury Torrez: 2 IP, 2 K
- Yasiel Balaguert: 3 for 6, HR
- Kevin Cornelius: 1 for 5, 2B
- Carlos Penalver: 3 for 5
- Duncan Robinson: 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K
- David Berg: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- Zack Short: 1 for 4, 2B
- Eddy Martinez: 2 for 3, HR, BB
- Tyson Miller: 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K
- Chad Hockin: 1 IP, 3 K
- Vimael Machin: 2 for 4
- Darryl Wilson: 2 for 4, HR
- Enrique De Los Rios: 4.2 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 5 BB, 5 K
- Manuel Rondon: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Luis Aquino: 2 IP, 3 BB, 3 K
- Miguel Amaya: 1 for 4, HR
- Gustavo Polanco: 1 for 4, 2B
- Brandon Hughes: 3 for 4, 3 2B
- Austin Filiere: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
Rookie: AZL Cubs
Arizona had the day off.
- So, now that Jimenez and Cease are out of the farm system, who is the Cubs’ best prospect? I’ll let you know when I figure it out. The mid-season edition of the Bleacher Nation Top 40 Prospects List will drop right around the trade deadline, likely just a few days after, and I probably won’t know until I finish that up who the new top prospect is. There are some obvious candidates, but there has been a lot of movement this year as well. I can’t remember the last time the top slot was this wide open.
- If we just take the pre-season edition of the Top 40 and remove all the players who have been traded or graduated, then the new top three would be Oscar De La Cruz, Trevor Clifton, and Jose Albertos. I have never ranked a pitcher as the top prospect in the Cubs’ system; we could be headed for uncharted waters when the mid-season list comes out.
- Myrtle Beach has a few roster slots to fill, so I think we can expect some promotions from South Bend today. And we can expect some promotions into South Bend as well.
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