Cubs Top Prospect Watch
There was a swap of teammates on this week’s Watch, as Jen-Ho Tseng replaced fellow Tennessee Smokie Duane Underwood Jr., who is on the disabled list. Future-Star Eloy Jimenez remains impressive, while Eddy Julio Martinez and Billy McKinney are putting up great numbers.
Eloy Jimenez created quite the buzz Sunday with his performance in the Futures Game. Jimenez was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and four RBI. And he turned in an incredible catch. Click here if you missed the highlight of the catch and make sure to watch the amount of ground he covered before catching the baseball.
Eddy Julio Martinez has really turned it on in South Bend. In his last 11 games, Martinez is batting .452/.540/.690 with five doubles, a triple and a home run for a 1.230 OPS. Martinez is 19-for-42 with seven extra basehits, seven walks and eight strikeouts. If that’s too small of a sample size, since the break Martinez has a .353/.436/.544 line in 18 games with a .980 OPS.
Here then, is how the top prospects have fared this season, or since their recent promotions:
- Dylan Cease (RHP) – 1-0 in five starts with a 3.32 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 19 hits, eight earned runs, eight walks, 23 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings (Short-Season Eugene Emeralds)
- Ian Happ (2B/OF) – .379/.415/.569/.984, five doubles, two home runs, four walks, eight strikeouts, 58 at-bats, 11 RBI, four stolen bases (Double-A Tennessee Smokies)
- Bryan Hudson (LHP) – 1-1 in four starts with a 3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, nine hits, six earned runs, 12 walks, eight strikeouts in 17 innings (Short-Season Eugene Emeralds)
- Eloy Jimenez (OF) – .332/.372/.527/.899, 29 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 20 walks, 74 strikeouts, 313 at-bats, 58 RBI, six stolen bases (Low-A South Bend Cubs)
- Eddy Julio Martinez (OF) – .266/.343/.405/.749, 19 doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 33 walks, 72 strikeouts, 326 at-bats, 47 RBI, six stolen bases (Low-A South Bend Cubs)
- Billy McKinney (OF) – .271/.373/.349/.723, 12 doubles, three triples, a home run, 43 walks, 61 strikeouts, 269 at-bats, 31 RBI, two stolen bases (Double-A Tennessee Smokies)
- Carson Sands (LHP) – 7-2 in 13 starts with a 4.29 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 58 hits, 30 earned runs, 30 walks, 37 strikeouts in 63 innings (Low-A South Bend Cubs)
- Gleyber Torres (SS) – .270/.348/.423/.771, 18 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 35 walks, 79 strikeouts, 319 at-bats, 37 RBI, 17 stolen bases (High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
- Jen-Ho Tseng (RHP) – 5-3 in 12 starts with a 3.34 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 59 hits, 22 earned runs, 18 walks, 39 strikeouts in 59.1 innings (Double-A Tennessee Smokies)
- D.J. Wilson (OF) – .163/.302/.250/.552, two doubles, one triple, one home run, 14 walks, 22 strikeouts, 80 at-bats, eight stolen bases (Short-Season Eugene Emeralds)
All statistics are of end of play Monday, July 11
There was a consensus this week among the CCO’s readers, choosing to nominate South Bend pitcher Ryan Kellogg as the “wild card” prospect. To find out more about nominating a wild card for next week, see below.
- Ryan Kellogg (LHP) – 3-6 in 16 starts with a 3.49 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 82 hits, 35 earned runs, 21 walks, 73 strikeouts in 90.1 innings (Low-A South Bend Cubs)
Nominate a Wild Card
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