9 of Chicago Cubs top 30 prospects make a stacked AA Tennessee Roster
6. C Miguel Amaya (Cubs # 15)
Miguel Amaya has had a rough go of it in the past few years as he was projected to already be on the big league roster at this point, but he has yet to even make it to AAA. His catching abilities are not to blame for the misfortune, as Amaya is considered to be one of, if not the best catcher in the system outside of Yan Gomes and Tucker Barnhart. A Tommy John surgery in 2021 and a Lisfranc fracture in his foot last September has sidelined the 24-year-old for the majority of the last two seasons. Hopefully Amaya can stay healthy enough to finally get to AAA, where he will be knocking at the door to be the Cubs' next home grown big league catcher.
7. RHP Porter Hodge (Cubs # 21)
The 22-year-old Porter Hodge had himself an outstanding breakout year in 2022, where he put up a dazzling 2.63 ERA in 109 innings between low A and high A. He was an integral part of the South Bend Cubs' starting rotation, and helped lead the team to the Midwest League Championship. Hodge was taken in the 13th round by the Cubs in 2019, and he boasts a mid 90s fastball with a curveball, slider and changeup to boot. Standing at 6'4, he has the frame to be a starting pitcher but he needs to refine his secondary pitches and work on his control. Hodge has high up side and it will be a big year for him as he starts the season at AA.