Cubs baseball is almost back, meaning some new faces will take Wrigley head-on. Although some will still dream of playing within the ivy lined walls. Let us look into the future and dive into three Chicago Cubs’ prospects for fans to follow on their journey to the major leagues.
We could key in on the big-name prospects who will appear in 2021. Such as Miguel Amaya, Brailyn Marquez, and Adbert Alzolay, but where is the fun in that? Instead, we will look at the Chicago Cubs prospects who will make their names in 2021.
Ed Howard is currently ranked fourth among Chicago Cubs prospects. He was the 16th overall pick in 2020 should promise as a baseball player from a young, at the 2014 Little League World Series earning the save to close out the US bracket final. Howard had committed to the University of Oklahoma before the 2020 MLB draft but opted to sign with the Cubs.
The young shortstop has shown he has the baseball IQ to remain a shortstop, which could be a good sign if the Cubs decide to part with Javier Baez in the future. To go along with his strong baseball IQ, Howard possesses a strong arm and smooth defensive skills, as well as a strong plate approach with power potential.
Howard is turning 19 on January 29th, fans can expect to see him in the big leagues around 2024. Until then Cubs fans should keep an eye on Ed Howard as he propels himself through the Chicago Cubs prospect system.
Owen Caissie was just one of the pieces the Cubs received from the San Diego Padres in the Yu Darvish trade. Instantly, Caissie ranked 11th on the Chicago Cubs prospects list. The young Canadian outfielder will be linked to the head-scratching Darvish trade for his tenure in Chicago, but when he gets his chance he will show fans why they should stop scratching their heads at the trade.
Caissie was one of the youngest players selected in the 2020 draft, therefore giving him extra time to develop. The future corner outfielder, more specifically right fielder. He is an above-average runner and has shown the ability to spray the ball across all fields with plenty of pop in his bat. Although scouts question his ability to power behind his bat, he is young with lots of room to improve before he leaps the major leagues.
Caissie, much like Howard is expected to make his MLB debut around 2024. Ironically enough, Jason Heyward‘s contract expires at the end of the 2023 season, paving the way for Caissie to win over the right-field spot in Chicago.
Chris Clarke was the Cubs’ 2019 fourth-round selection out of USC. While playing his last season with the Trojans, Clarke posted an outstanding 1.09 ERA out of the bullpen. After the 2019 draft, the Cubs assigned Clarke to Eugene.
In one season in Eugene, Clarke started eight of nine games posting a 1.96 ERA with 26 strikeouts. Between college and short-season single-A ball, Clarke has shown he can pitch out of the bullpen and in the starting rotation.
Out of all the Chicago Cubs prospects, Clarke seemingly has the strongest curveball, which is effective against right and left-handed batters. Adding to his repertoire Clarkes fastball tops off at 96 MPH while forcing batters to keep it on the ground. He also posses a slider and changeup.
Cubs fans can expect to see Clarke with the Cubs in 2022.
The Cubs have many great prospects and these are just three of the many for fans to keep an eye on. With more trades down the road, there is plenty of opportunity for more Chicago Cubs prospects. For now, Cubs fans can look forward to Ed Howard, Owen Caissie, and Chris Clarke.
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