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 27 

Walker Powell RHP

Age: 27 Years Old

Level: AA Tennessee

Joined the organization via: UDFA in 2021

2023 Stats: 120 IP, 3.68 ERA 109/25 K/BB

Walker Powell is a fascinating player. Last season he pitched almost entirely as a starter after having a stellar 2022 in which he pitched almost entirely out of the bullpen. In 2022 he only started 5 out of the 30 games he appeared in and put up a 2.76 ERA with an 87/21 K/BB ratio. 

Last season he improved and did so in a much more critical role as a starter with 21 of his 25 appearances coming in that role. His long-term role with the team may be a back-of-the rotation/taxi-type starter or he could be a middle-relief option which the Cubs desperately needed last season as David Ross leaned heavily on only a few trusted arms out of the bullpen. Powell should be at AAA to start the year and could find himself in the Friendly Confines before we reach the All-Star Break if he pitches well.