Kyle Hendricks, RHP, Iowa Cubs
Although it’s a thin field, Kyle Hendricks is considered the Cubs’ top pitching prospect and is doing a fine job at proving it. Hendricks has posted 10-5 record with a 3.58 ERA at AAA in 16 starts this season. At 25, Hendricks looks to be ready to get his first crack at the big leagues.
Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP, Iowa Cubs
Tsuyoshi Wada has been the Iowa Cubs best starting pitcher by far in 2014 posting a 9-5 record with a 2.66 ERA. But his success this season is a surprise to no one after dominating Japanese baseball for the last nine years. In Japan, Wada went 107-61 with a career ERA of just 3.13. The 33-year-old lefthander is a sure thing to be up with the Cubs after the deadline, regardless of what kind of talent they bring back.
Dallas Beeler, RHP, Iowa Cubs
Dallas Beeler made a strong impression on everyone when he came out of nowhere and threw a six inning in last week’s doubleheader with the Washington Nationals. Beeler, a 41st round selection in 2010, is having a fine year in AAA averaging more than six innings per start. He is 5-3 with a 3.93 ERA and looks like a frontrunner to get another crack at making the post-deadline rotation.
The hope in trading away Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel is that the Cubs will acquire top level pitching talent, but if there needs to be a stopgap, expect Hendricks, Wada and Beeler to get the first shot at the rotation.
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