Luke Little LHP
2023 Level(s): High-A South Bend, AA Tennessee, AAA Iowa, MLB
Joined the organization via: 4th Round Pick in 2020 MLB Draft
2023 Stats: 63.2 IP, 2.12 ERA, 105/42 K/BB
Luke Little may legitimately be my favorite player on this list. He is a behemoth at 6’8 220 pounds and he provides something the major league club desperately needs: left-handed, high-leverage bullpen capabilities.
Little strikes guys out and he really doesn’t walk all that many guys. Last season he pitched at three minor league levels before getting the call to the majors and in those three levels, he struck out 14.8 batters per nine innings. That’s impressive but it’s barely off of the pace that he’s had for his entire minor league career of 14.4 and less than his sterling 16.2 in his brief major league stint last season.
At 23 years old, Luke Little should not only be a top prospect in this Cubs system he could be one of the top bullpen arms in the league in just a few seasons.
BJ Murray Jr. 3B
2023 Level(s): AA Tennessee
Joined the organization via: 15th Round Pick in 2021 MLB Draft
2023 Stats: 542 PA, .263/.382/.462 16 HR, 54 XBH, 14/17 SB, 74 RBI, 71 R
BJ Murray hits the ball hard. Last season he had an ISO of .199 and racked up 54 extra base hits in 542 plate appearances. The idea of a third baseman who can get an extra-base hit every ten at-bats while carrying a batting average of over .260 and an OBP of over .380 is something that the Cubs haven’t had since they traded away Kris Bryant.
Murray has been this guy since he was drafted out of Florida Atlantic. In his first season with the Cubs in 2021, he hit .286/.344/.482 and in 2022 across Low-A and High-A he hit .286/.410/.429. In 2021 Murray may have been selling out for power a little bit and the pendulum may have swung the opposite direction in 2022 as he saw his OBP skyrocket and his SLG fall a bit, but last season he seemed to have found his goldilocks zone.
Having spent all of 2023 at AA Tennessee it seems likely that Murray will push to start at AAA Iowa and be just a short bus ride away from Wrigley if the lineup needs a little bit of extra pop.