Cubs Prospect Notes: Kilian Coming? PCA Speed, Nwogu Fire, Mervis Power, Alcántara Hype, Leigh Back, More

It’s sounding more and more like, absent something crazy happening, we’re gonna see top Cubs pitching prospect Caleb Kilian up tomorrow to start one of the games of the double-header. I am quite excited, and I think it’s going to be a tremendously valuable experience no matter the outcome.

https://twitter.com/MLBastian/status/1532754848176906240

Other Cubs prospect bits …

⇒ I like so much about this scoring update from the South Bend Cubs:

⇒ Immediately I was like, yup, Pete Crow-Armstrong just picking right up at High-A where he left off at Low-A and … wait HE DID WHAT? Admittedly, it’s not *quite* as thrilling as the tweet’s phrasing, but it was still an impressive display of PCA’s speed and instincts:

⇒ Bonus love for the, “Hey, no, no, the ball is right there, sir!”

⇒ Speaking of Nwogu, he also homered in the game and is on FIRE:

⇒ Zac Leigh was a helium pitching prospect last year after being a late-round draft pick (a fifth-year senior out of Texas State) who seemed to add velocity in the fall. He’s doing multi-inning relief work for now, but it’s not too hard to imagine a future starter:

⇒ Already 24, if Leigh is going to be relief only, then he falls into that large group we’ve talked about before, where you see older/experienced guys dominating at Low-A/High-A, but there is so much attrition up the ladder as not only the hitters get much better, but the guys who were able to start at the lower levels begin shifting over into the bullpen at Double-A/Triple-A. Older relief-only guys pretty much HAVE to be dominant at this level to even stay on the radar. But, as I said, I’m not yet convinced that Leigh won’t slowly be stretched out because of the pitch mix. The delivery looks close to max effort, though, so I’m not sure.

⇒ Kevin Alcántara is still smoking the ball, and looks every bit a top 100 prospect to me.

⇒ The short version was that observers outside the organization, looking at the Cubs’ cache of younger prospects before the season, said that *IF* one of them was going to become a monster, Alcántara was the one.

⇒ Matt Mervis just will not stop:

⇒ Mervis, 24, is hitting .294/.368/.588/145wRC+ in his first 14 games at Double-A.

⇒ I will admit I had pretty much written off outfielder Greg Deichmann as a bust, and I still think that’s unfortunately the most likely reality, but he’s hit .293/.333/.585/135wRC+ over the past three weeks, his first actual hot stretch in the Cubs organization.

⇒ This is nifty right here:

⇒ Bryan got a chance to talk to utility prospect Levi Jordan, who quietly had the best offensive month of any prospect in the system.

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