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 17

Brian Kalmer 3B

Age: 23

2023 Level(s): Rookie Ball, Low-A Myrtle Beach

Joined the organization via: 18th Round Pick in the 2023 Draft

2023 Stats: 149 PA, .357/.426/.667 10 HR, 18 XBH, 0/1 SB, 42 RBI, 26 R

This man hasn’t missed a beat since going pro. He started his college career at Arizona State and transferred to Gonzaga to be an extra large fish in an extra small pond but he’s continued to eat in the professional ranks as if he were still using metal bats in the West Coast Conference. 

The 18 extra-base hits he had in just 149 plate appearances are impressive and if you extrapolated it out for a full season he would have had more than 65 extra-base hits. We wrote about him in our post-draft coverage last season and what we had to say then only holds more true today: 

"Kalmer is going to be a name to keep an eye on… Personally I think calling him a third baseman is being extremely optimistic as he seems like much more of a first base/designated hitter type, but the bat seems to be good enough to carry the position."

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