Chicago Cubs: Luis Devers and Kelvin Feliz are two future prospects to watch

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Chicago Cubs: A tale of two starters

Luis Devers and Kelvin Feliz are two prospects most fans don’t know exist. Without a notion to dig into the Fangraphs leaderboards, these two guys may as well not exist in the eyes of Cubs fans. Most people are not as intrigued by the future guys as myself, I will admit, which is why it is essential to continue touching on those who find themselves away’s away from making an impact.

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Devers and Feliz were a part of the Cubs’ 2017 international class. Signed at 17 years old, Devers has dominated in his first two years while Feliz took his first year at rookie ball to figure his stuff out and how it would play. Considering the lack of production in his first pro season, Feliz turned it around last year.

In his first year with the organization, Devers posted a solid 2.77 ERA in 55 1/3 innings. The right-hander made 14 appearances with 13 of those as starts. Devers managed a well-above-average 3.59 FIP and a slightly higher 3.64 xFIP, respectively. The walks became an issue with Devers, but he limited the long ball.

Feliz, meanwhile, struggled immensely in his first professional season in 2018. Making 13 starts, spanning across 50 1/3 innings, Feliz finished with a not so great 5.54 ERA, with a below-average 4.39 FIP and 4.25 xFIP. His strikeout to walk ratio was a horrendous 4.9 percent, as Feliz walked 14.4 percent of the batters he faced.