Chicago Cubs: 10 bats to target as MLB trade deadline looms

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Chicago Cubs: 10 bats to target at the trade deadline: #5 – Robert Hassell

Robert Hassell makes this list as one of the most highly-regarded prospects in the San Diego organization.  In fact, he is the only player on this list who is at Single-A ball. The reason being his absolutely sky-high potential. The 6’2′” 195 lb. lefty outfielder has a hit grade of 60 (on a 20-80 grading scale.) His run, field and arm grade all sit at 55, as well as an even 50 for power. Overall he is rated at 55. Needless to say, for a 19-year-old, that’s impressive.

With the Class-A Lake Elsinore Storm, he is batting .317/.415/.471 in 259 at-bats so far this season. It is not long before he will be called up to Double-A before climbing the ranks over the next two years with a big league ETA of 2023.

Simply put, he should most definitely be on the list of players the Cubs can swoop up for a return if they were to trade someone like Kimbrel to the Padres. It would be nice to see the Chicago trade a star and another prospect for Hassell and another player as well. San Diego Padres will definitely will be buying and I am interested to see who they target here. They have Tatis and Machado on the left side of the infield, so i would expect they would want to further bolster the back end of their bullpen with a potential Melancon/Kimbrel tandem.

A return including Robert Hassell could loom very large in the near future.