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 24

Cristian Hernandez SS

Age: 20 Years Old

Level: Low-A Myrtle Beach

Joined the organization via: 2021 IFA Signing

2023 Stats: 431 PA, .223/.302/.301 4 HR, 19 XBH, 27/32 SB, 40 RBI, 46 R

There’s no point in sugar-coating it, last season was not great for Hernandez and that’s how he’s found himself in the bottom third of this top-30 prospect list. In fact, he’s not even as high as his brother Alexis who will appear later on, but there’s still hope for him to turn it around. 

Last season was the worst statistical season for Hernandez in just about every category. He played more than twice as many games as he had in 2021 but hit one fewer homer in more than 200 more at-bats. He also only stole six more bases than he did that season, only walked nine more times than he did that season, and struck out a whopping 79 more times than he did that season.

Hernandez was the prize of the Cubs’ 2021 international crop which goes to show the volatility of giving millions of dollars to high-school sophomores, but a hot start to 2024 could cause him to buoy back to the top of lists come mid-season.