I know it seems like we’re just past the draft, but already we need to start looking ahead towards the next major talent acquisition period. International Free Agency opens July 2, and this year the Cubs will not be under any penalties (though there are now hard caps, so the only way to “overspend” your bonus pool is by trading for more pool space).
While the Cubs aren’t expected to sign anyone as highly regarded as Eloy Jimenez or Gleyber Torres were at the time they were signed, they are linked to some of the top pitchers in the class as well some of the best players to come out of Mexico. They should sign a couple of prospects that we will be obsessing over in three or four years.
Last year’s July class is now underway in the Dominican Summer League, and through about ten games there are a couple of standout performances to highlight. Ervis Marchan, an 18-year-old outfielder, is hitting .395/.439/.605 with three walks and two strikeouts in nine games. And 17-year-old shortstop Fabian Pertuz is hitting .364/.512/.424 with ten walks and five strikeouts through the same period.
The sample sizes are small and a lot could change in the next few weeks, but I think those are two players we’ll be checking on again.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa had the day off.
- Matt Swarmer: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 K
- Jake Stinnett: 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 K
- Trey Martin: 1 for 3, 3B, 4 BB
- Jason Vosler: 2 for 6, 2B, BB
- Yasiel Balaguert: 3 for 6, 2B
- Charcer Burks: 2 for 6
- Ian Rice: 2 for 4, 2 BB
- Zack Short: 2 for 5, BB
- Alex Lange: 4.2 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 4 K
- Jose Paulino: 2.1 IP, 1 H
- Wyatt Short: 1 IP, 1 K
- Connor Myers: 1 for 4
- Austin Upshaw: 1 for 3, 2B
- Rollie Lacy: 6 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 8 K
- Enrique De Los Rios: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Jhonny Bethencourt: 1 for 4, 2B
- Miguel Amaya: 2 for 4, 2B
- Delvin Zinn: 2 for 4
- Chris Singleton: 1 for 3, 2B
- Paulino’s second appearance in relief since returning from the disabled list went just as well as the first. He has now pitched 4.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen after amassing a 9.85 ERA in the rotation.
- Keep an eye on Delvin Zinn. He was drafted in the 23rd round in 2016, and this is his first chance outside of Rookie ball. His numbers haven’t been great, but… when I was compiling the latest version of the Top 40, Zinn kept popping up near the top of one of my mathematical models that was attempting to produce a normalized ranking of the Cubs’ bats. That particular model has, so far, done a nice job predicting the Cubs’ breakout bats this year. That doesn’t mean that Zinn is primed to break out, but I’ll be checking in on him from time to time. Just in case.
- In case you missed it yesterday, the Cubs appear likely to sign their first round pick in the near future.