2024 Spring Training Chicago Cubs' Top Prospects (#20-11)

The Chicago Cubs have one of the top minor league system in all of baseball and the players on this list are guys that can help the major league club win the division this season and be a top farm in baseball next season

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Number 19 

Marino Santy LHP

Age: 21

2023 Level(s): Low-A Myrtle Beach

Joined the organization via: IFA Signing in 2020

2023 Stats: 75 IP, 3.12 ERA, 100/59 K/BB

Marino Santy is not a player that made the list at mid-season but he’s become harder to ignore. Prior to the 2023 season, he had pitched in just 40 total innings in his professional career over the 2021 and 2022 seasons but the strikeout numbers had always been pretty impressive. 

The problem Santy runs into is that he can be a bit wild, however last season he really toned it down. He went from a BB/9 rate of 9.2 in 2021 and 13.8 in 2022 to 7.1 last season while setting a new career high for K/9 of 12. He’s also cut down on his literal wild pitches from a whopping 16 in just 24.1 innings in 2021 to 8 in more than 3 times as many innings last season. His stuff should play in the bullpen at the very least but his ceiling is significantly higher than that and we should begin to see that at South Bend this season.