Chicago Cubs: Top 30 Prospects – No. 30 to No. 21
#21 Jake Stinnett (RHP)
2015 Season (South Bend Cubs)
7-6, 4.46 ERA, 22 GS, 117 IP, 117 H, 91 K, 1.43 ERA
Stinnett was a 2nd round pick in the 2014 draft but turned down the Pirates as the 29th round choice in 2013. At age 23, Stinnett pitched for the South Bend Cubs at A ball last season. Stinnett had decent success going 7-6 with a 4.46 ERA in 22 starts. Stinnett has a heavy sinker that tops out at 97 mph and also has a hard slider that peaks in the mid-80s. He has great command and control, which makes him a great candidate for a #2 starter, but does have troubles locating his pitches. Except the Cubs to move him aggressively through the system since he already is 23, but don’t expect him to reach the big leagues before 2017. He did move down 8 spots, from 13 to 21, but a strong 2016 season could put him back in the middle of pack.
So that highlights the bottom ten prospects on the Cubs Top 30 prospect list. Lots of newcomers to the list, which was to be expected with some of the top prospects getting called up last year. Check back later in the week for #11-20.