Chicago Cubs: 3 under-the-radar prospects to consider targeting

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Chicago Cubs: DJ Peters lacks a spot with the Dodgers and could be moved

While the Dodgers haven’t been a heavily rumored trade partner for the Cubs, but with the sudden shakiness of closer Kenley Jansen, it’s very possible they could go after one of the Cubs’ backend relievers. While many sellers will be trying to pry Josiah Gray or Keibert Ruiz away, DJ Peters would certainly be a good add for the Cubs.

Peters is 25 and made his major league debut this season, playing 18 games in Los Angeles. MLB Pipeline has Peters as the Dodgers 19th-ranked top prospect, giving him a very solid 60-grade power as well as a 60-grade arm in the outfield. Peters is a prototypical three true outcomes hitter, having good power, good ability to get on base, but also having a strikeout problem.

While all of this may be giving off very big Ian Happ warning flags, Peters is a much better defender, with pipeline projecting him as a very solid right fielder, as well as already playing centerfield for most of his minor league career. Peters does play similar to Happ, but he has the potential to be a better version of him.

Peters is a perfect fit in an outfield that the Cubs are desperately looking for production from. He could easily slide into the center field slot and kick Happ over to left. Peters certainly won’t be a superstar, but he could easily become a productive major league outfielder.