Faller: LHP Jordan Wicks (no. 10)
Left-handed starting pitcher Jordan Wicks went from fifth to 10th on the Cubs' top 30, but his fall is deceiving. Wicks is not having a bad year by any means and he recently earned a promotion to Triple-A Iowa. He is 3-0 in his first six starts for Iowa with a 3.81 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. Wicks is projected to be a starting pitcher at the major league level, and he could make an appearance at Wrigley Field as soon as this year.
Despite these positives, Wicks fell on the top 30 list mostly due to the outstanding performances of others. I do admit, his pitching isn't flashy as he relies on a low 80s changeup as his primary weapon while his fastball usually sits in the 91-93 mph range. But he is a solid starter that strikes out a lot of batters with the deception of his secondary slider and curveball. At 23 years old, Wicks could prove useful with the Cubs' rotation but is seeing severe struggles from Drew Smyly.