Chicago Cubs: Top 30 Prospects – No. 30 to No. 21
#25 Rob Zastryzny (LHP)
2015 Stats (Arizona League Cubs and Tennessee Smokies)
2-5, 5.98 ERA, 14 GS, 60.2 IP, 77 H, 1.73 WHIP
Zastryzny (besides having a last name that nobody is ever going to spell or pronounce correctly) was drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft. At age 23, Zastryzny spent most of the 2015 season with the Tennessee Smokies. He struggled to the tune of a 6.23 ERA in 14 starts but was slowed by a foot injury early in the season. He hasn’t really been able to find his groove yet in the minors and his changeup is probably his best pitch. His fastball is not overpowering, as it tops out at 94 mph, but is very inconsistent. He needs to stay on top of his breaking pitches, an improve his curveball and slider. It’s hard to imagine Zastryzny breaking with the big league club before 2017 and at this point, he seems better suited for the bullpen. He dropped three spots on the rankings, from 22 to 25.
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