2016 Midseason Pitching Prospect Rankings

The other day I covered the top 20 position player prospects throughout the Cubs farm system and today we have moved on to the pitchers. Now the way I go about presenting the midseason prospect lists is in a very clean and easy to understand way. I want to get the names out there of who the top prospects in the system are, put them in order, and see how they progress according to how I thought they would.

The way I do that is by giving you the facts on who they are: their name, age, and level in the system and also giving you the player’s stats for the current season. That doesn’t always play well because we all know that prospects aren’t determined entirely based off of their stats. A player can be an incredible prospect while having lackluster stats all the while a double-A hitter can be absolutely mashing while not really having a shot at the major leagues.

That is especially true for pitchers, including the ones on this list. What I am doing is giving my list of top pitching prospects in the Chicago Cubs system based on numerous factors but to make things easier on you – the reader – I will still just present the player as his name and his stats.

There are multiple ways in which you can learn more about individual players. You can research what the player has to offer yourself, you can look out for my top prospects list in the offseason where I go into MUCH more detail over each player, or you can just ask me about my opinion in a multitude of ways including commenting or tweeting me @OutOfTheVines.

So instead of continuing on a rant in an introduction that has been far too long already, I present to you the OOTV Midseason Pitching Prospects.

Stats as of August 5th. Age in parenthesis.

  1. Dylan Cease (20) – RHP – A- (Eugene)
IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
22 3.68 4.04 1.41 .235 9.82 4.91 0.41

2. Oscar De La Cruz (21) – RHP – A (South Bend)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
16 1.69 0.88 12.90 2.20 1.10

3. Trevor Clifton (21) – RHP – A+ (Myrtle Beach)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
94.1 3.15 3.24 1.22 .224 9.64 3.43 0.38

4. Ryan Williams (24) – RHP – AAA (Iowa)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
44 3.27 4.48 1.25 .256 6.14 2.45 0.82

5. Bryan Hudson (19) – LHP – A- (Eugene)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
35 4.37 5.55 1.66 .241 4.63 6.69 0.26

6. Dave Berg (23) – RHP – AA (Tennessee)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
43 4.81 1.44 6.70 1.90 0.00

7. Preston Morrison (22) – RHP – A+ (Myrtle Beach)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
92.1 2.24 2.71 1.17 .239 8.29 2.24 0.19

8. Justin Steele (20) – LHP – A (South Bend)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
52.2 5.30 3.79 1.78 .289 10.08 5.30 0.34

9. Erick Leal (21) – RHP – A+ (Myrtle Beach)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
86.1 3.02 3.62 1.14 .242 6.25 1.88 0.52

10. Duane Underwood Jr. (21) – RHP – AA (Tennessee)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
58.2 4.91 5.08 1.65 .276 7.06 4.76 1.07

11. Jen-Ho Tseng (21) – RHP – AA (Tennessee)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
82.1 3.06 4.00 1.31 .262 5.57 2.62 0.66

12. Jake Stinnett (24) – RHP – A+ (Myrtle Beach)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
103 4.37 4.04 1.34 .251 7.43 3.32 0.61

13. Rob Zastryzny (24) – LHP – AAA (Iowa)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
124.2 4.33 1.27 7.60 3.50 0.80

14. Jose Albertos (17) – RHP – Rookie (Arizona)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
4 0.00 1.51 0.50 .077 15.75 2.25 0.00

15. Ryan McNeil (22) – RHP – A+ (Myrtle Beach)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
43 2.30 3.23 1.23 .239 9.84 2.93 0.63

16. Carson Sands (21) – LHP – A (South Bend)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
66.2 4.59 4.85 1.43 .242 5.27 4.59 0.54

17. James Farris (24) – RHP – AA (Tennessee)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
54.2 2.80 1.04 10.80 2.10 0.30

18. Pierce Johnson (25) -RHP – AAA (Iowa)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
47 7.28 5.54 1.79 .278 9.57 6.13 1.15

19. Ryan Kellogg (22) – LHP – A (South Bend)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
107 3.28 3.65 1.12 .233 7.15 1.93 0.67

20. Felix Pena (26) – RHP – AAA (Iowa)

IP ERA FIP WHIP BAA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
55.1 3.90 3.41 1.14 .209 11.22 3.25 0.65

And with that, the midseason prospect lists are done. And with a whole new crop of talent being drafted this past June, that means the offseason prospect list will have even more fresh faces to look forward to. But here’s to hoping there is something just a little bit more exciting to cheer for in Chicago between now and then.

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