Chicago Cubs: Minor League Players of the Week

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Chicago Cubs Class A – South Bend Cubs

Jonathan Sierra, OF

Arriving with the Cubs in 2015 as an undrafted free agent, Jonathan Sierra is seemingly beginning to put it all together, and that is fun for fans. Sierra is just 20 years old which is crazy considering this is his fourth professional season.

In the first two weeks of the young season, Sierra is slashing .291/.328/.400 with a home run, five RBI, and a stolen base. He has done a fantastic job in keeping his strikeout percentage to just 12.1% while posting a .344 wOBA and 113 wRC+ in the process.

Earning the Class-A POTW, Sierra has slashed .280/.308/.480 with a .788 OPS and just an 11.5% strikeout rate. During this time, Sierra posted a .365 wOBA and 127 wRC+. Sierra has hit safely in five of the seven games. For Sierra being just 20 years old, the sky is the limit for the lanky lefty and should be someone fans follow for a long time to come.

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Cam Sanders, P

Last but not least is our Class-A pitcher POTW which goes to Cam Sanders. Another product of the Cubs, Sanders was selected in the 12th round of the amateur draft this past season and within a year already made his way up to Class-A from Rookie level.

Sanders has nonetheless been impressive so far, and that is an excellent sign for the 22-year-old right-hander. On the season, Sanders has seen action in three games, making two starts. So far in his first 15 innings, Sanders has yet to allow a run while giving up just seven total hits and recording nine strikeouts.

In this past week, Sanders pitched ten innings, allowing a mere four hits and striking out seven. He did walk seven as well, however, held opposing hitters to a .114 average and posting a 1.10 WHIP. An exciting young arm, Sanders will look to continue his scoreless streak this upcoming week for South Bend.