Ranked last year by lead Fangraphs prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen as the number 18 overall prospect in the Chicago Cubs’ pipeline, Luis Verdugo is a compelling case. Two years into his professional career, the young shortstop is showing significant improvement.
The 2017 international free agent class was nothing impressive for the Chicago Cubs regarding big-name signings. Of the full list, Reivaj Garcia and Pedro Martinez are two of the more intriguing names; however, Verdugo could find himself in that same camp soon enough.
We have touched on both Garcia and Martinez here at Cubbies Crib. Both guys have shown some sign of a future with Martinez providing a higher level of production overall than Garcia. Verdugo, as part of that class out of Mexico, has now two professional seasons in the organization under his belt.
Described by Longenhagen in his piece as a long swinger who could be strikeout prone, Luis Verdugo does show some signs as a future big-league starter. He should he continue to improve and could find himself as part of Chicago’s long term plans down the line.