2024 Spring Training Top 30 Chicago Cubs Prospects (#30-21)

The Chicago Cubs have one of the top minor league systems in all of baseball and the players on this list range from potential star-caliber starters to capable bench and bullpen players.

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Number 28

Brett Bateman OF 

Age: 21 Years Old

Level: Rookie Ball/Low-A Myrtle Beach

Joined the organization via: 8th Round Pick in 2023 Draft

2023 Stats: 141 PA .283/.418/.310 0 HR, 3 XBH, 14/15 SB, 16 RBI, 27 R

When Bateman was drafted last year this is the gist of what we had to say:

"He’s played three college seasons and across more than 500 at bats he has 0 home runs. He’s quick on the bases going 42-for-54 in stealing bases in his career and his batting average and OBP have increased each season only striking out more than he walked in his freshman season. That being said, the power is completely non-existent, even in the form of extra-base hits."

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That assessment has proven to be pretty spot-on. He’s drawn more walks (26) than strikeouts (19) and that’s led to a great on-base percentage and he’s taken advantage of his speed once on-base to the tune of 14 stolen bases in 15 attempts. Bateman will likely never be a starting caliber outfielder, but he’s a capable defender and when you combine that with his ability to get on base and subsequently be a menace on the basepaths he could be a solid contributing 4th or 5th outfielder sooner rather than later.