Chicago Cubs may have their future bullpen waiting in the wings

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Chicago Cubs: Peyton Remy – South Bend Cubs

Team’s minor league systems are often so full of prospects, it is nearly impossible to keep track of them all – even for the most diehard fans. Thankfully when one of those prospects stands out, it makes it much easier on the back end to give credence to those players who deserve it, and Peyton Remy deserves it, no doubt.

Remy hails from Colorado, having attended high school in Parker before spending one season at Central Arizona College, a small junior college. After posting a respectable 3.28 ERA over 85 innings, Remy was selected by the Cubs as a 20-year-old in the 17th round of the 2017 June Amateur Draft. To put that into context, 524 names were called before Remy heard that chorus.

At just 22 years old, he still has a lot of time to grow; however, what he has quietly produced thus far is impressive. After struggling in a small sample size his first year, with a 7.50 ERA in five games, Remy bounced back in a big way last year.

Across 52 1/3 innings at Rookie-level as a 21-year-old, Remy finished with a 2.58 ERA over 11 games, seven which were starts. Impressively, Remy finished with a 28.5 percent strikeout rate and just 6.3 percent walk rate. He held opposing hitters to .208 and pitched to a 1.01 WHIP.

This season, Remy is holding his own at Class-A South Bend. Thus far in 18 1/3 innings, Remy has a 2.95 ERA with a 26.6 percent strikeout rate. His walk rate did increase as should be expected, however opposing hitters are still swatting just .221 against him, and Remy is not allowing a lot of balls to leave the park.

Remy does still have a long way to go. However, if he can continue to control baserunners from reaching via the dreaded walk and can continue keeping the ball in the yard, he could progress nicely. Keep an eye on him, Cubs fans. He could be part of the future.