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Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Top Pitching Prospects

August 9th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

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Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Kyle Hendricks had another dominant start on Thursday, allowing just two runs on six hits and one walk in eight innings against the Colorado Rockies. Hendricks’ success is letting baseball fans everywhere know that the Cubs’ have more than just big bats in their farm system, so in honor of his success lets take a look at how the organization’s top pitching prospects are performing thus far.

CJ Edwards, RHP, AA:

CJ Edwards is the Chicago Cubs’ top pitching prospect and, after rebounding from injuries early in 2014, he has been pitching like it. In five starts for the Tennessee Smokies Edwards is 1-0 with a 2.62 ERA. 

Level

Games

IP

W-L

ERA

AZL (RK)

2

5.2

0-0

1.59

Tennessee (AA)

5

24.0

1-0

2.62

Total

7

29.2

1-0

2.43

(stats per baseball-reference.com)

At just 22 years old and having thrown only 213 innings over the last three seasons, Edwards still has a ways to go, developmentally, until he reaches the big leagues but it will be one heck of a story when he does. Edwards, originally a 48th round selection by the Texas Rangers in the 2011 amateur draft, has already defied the odds by cracking MLB.com’s top 100 prospects list, at number 59, and when he makes his major league it will truly be an underdog story.

Arodys Vizcaino, RHP, AAA:

Arodys Vizcaino, the Cubs’ 10th overall prospect, is still in the process of working his way back from Tommy John surgery and was reasonable successful this year until he reached AAA. Vizcaino, 23, is an immensely talented reliever with an upper 90’s fastball and a plus curveball, and it is believed that he could be a September call-up next month.

Level

Games

IP

SV/SVO

ERA

Daytona (A+)

9

9.0

1/1

1.00

Tennessee (AA)

14

13.2

1/2

2.63

Iowa (AAA)

12

13.0

0/0

7.62

Total

35

35.2

2/3

4.04

(stats per Cubs.com)

Before his surgery, Vizcaino was used primarily as a starter but post surgery he has been used exclusively out of the ‘pen which has allowed him to give max-effort on every pitch. However, he has learned very quickly in his short time with the Iowa Cubs that you cannot simply blow fastballs by talented hitters; you need to be a pitcher, not a thrower. Despite the adversity, Vizcaino is still young and has the potential to become a key cog in the Cubs’ bullpen.

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Tags: amateur draft, Arodys Vizcaino, Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, CJ Edwards, Colorado Rockies, Cubs, Iowa Cubs, Kyle Hendricks, MLB, Tennessee Smokies, Texas Rangers, Tommy John surgery, Top 100 Prospects

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