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 26 

Bailey Horn LHP

Age: 25 Years Old

Level: AA Tennessee, AAA Iowa

Joined the organization via: 2021 Trade with the Chicago White Sox for Ryan Tepera

2023 Stats: 62 IP, 4.21 ERA, 78/34 K/BB

Bailey Horn wasn’t all that intriguing until the Cubs added him to the 40-man roster over the winter to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. He had one good season at Auburn in the Covid-shortened 2020 season that led to him being drafted in the fifth round that year by the White Sox. 

He was definitely better in 2022 than he was last season, but he appears to be valuable to the Cubs due to his impressive strikeout numbers as a lefty out of the bullpen. Much like Powell and a couple of other pitchers we’ll see on this list, Horn is likely more valuable to the Cubs than just about any other organization in the league because of Jed Hoyer’s unwillingness to offer free-agent relievers multi-year deals, so the six years of team control that Horn will have and his proximity to the majors cause him to be our 26th best Cubs prospect heading into the 2024 season.