Chicago Cubs: Three intriguing prospects to watch following Rule 5 Draft
The Rule 5 draft officially took place on Thursday morning. While the Chicago Cubs did lose a solid infield prospect in Vimael Machin, the club did gain a few interesting names to keep an eye on moving forward.
Entering Thursday, the Cubs had wiggle room with their current 40-man roster, giving them the chance to make some moves. The club selected five players in the Rule 5 Draft, and while all five probably will not make a significant impact, there are still a few guys to keep tabs on as we enter the new year.
The most significant loss for the Cubs was infielder Vimael Machin, who was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies. Machin showed up in 2019 between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, slashing .295/.390/.412 with a .802 OPS. Many fans were under the impression the club would protect Machin. It, however, did not happen, and the Phillies scooped up the 26-year-old.
Theo Epstein and company did not come away empty-handed, however. A trio of three prospects in Trevor Megill, Vance Vizcaino and David Masters will now call Chicago their home organization. While we don’t know the impact these guys will have on the club, there is an heir of intrigue surrounding them.