Chicago Cubs: Checking in with the top prospects

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Aramis Ademan, SS, No.2 overall

First off, Ademan is very young. He is just 19 years old. Second, Ademan projects to be a terrific defensive shortstop who will hopefully become a staple at the position down the line for the Cubs.

The Cubs selected and signed Ademan in 2015 for $2 million, and according to Ben Badler of Baseball America, Ademan offers in as a future solid contributor. Cubs nation hopes this to be the case as well.

Working his way from Rookie ball from a couple of years ago, to High A, Ademan is slashing .240/.329/.328 with a respectable .311 wOBA. His wRC+, however, is an uninspiring 85. He also has 1 home run and 16 RBI.

Since his first season, two stats jump out: walk rate and strikeout rate. When Ademan first made his professional debut, he walked at a ridiculous 13.7% while striking out 11.3% of the time. As the competition has become stronger, Ademan’s walk percentage is down to 8.9%, and the strikeout rate sits at a ridiculous 26%.

Fans need to remember that Ademan is still a teenager so that it will be a few years of course before his MLB debut, yet should be a nice addition when the time comes. In his last game, Ademan went 3-3. In his last ten games, Ademan is at a more than respectable .290 average with just eight strikeouts in thirty-six at-bats. He also has two stolen bases as well.

Ademan is, as mentioned, a couple of years from making his jump, however, keep an eye out for him as he continues to progress. His scheduled ETA is 2020.