Chicago Cubs: Minor leaguers who could play a role in the pen

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Chicago Cubs: An up-and-comer with potential

Right-hander Dakota Mekkes had a big season in 2018. He started the year at Double-A Tennessee, ended it at Triple-A Iowa and never really missed a beat along the way. He finished the season with an overall ERA of 1.17 in 53.2 innings pitched.

And the 10th round pick out of Michigan State really hasn’t faltered at all throughout his professional career. He has a 1.16 ERA for his entire minor league career and a sparkling 1.05 career WHIP.

Mekkes has rapidly ascended the ranks of the Cubs system despite not being listed on MLB Pipeline’s top 30 Cubs prospects list. His past performance in pro ball shows almost no reasons for concern. This could be the year he gets the call.

There’s a chance the Cubs would want to give Mekkes some more time to develop at Triple-A before bringing him to the next level. He only spent a few months with Iowa after getting promoted in early June. But Mekkes remains a name to watch this season and beyond.