With rosters set to expand on September 1st from 26 to 28 players, the Cubs will have the luxury to potentially give a look to one of their top prospects this season. In a recent article released by MLB.com writers Jim Callis Sam Dykstra, and Jonathan Mayo, the trio tabs Chicago Cubs top prospect Ben Brown as someone they are looking forward to hopefully seeing get a chance at the major league level this season.
After being acquired via trade last season, Brown spent the remainder of the ‘22 campaign getting acclimated to a new system. Once the calendar flipped to 2023, Brown began a breakout season in Double-A Tennessee in which he posted an immaculate 0.45 ERA in 20 innings pitched. He was swiftly promoted to Triple-A Iowa where he has been up and down but lately has vastly improved with only three earned runs in his last 15 frames or a 1.80 ERA in that span.
If Brown can continue at this torrid pace, he is almost a shoo-in for a call-up once rosters expand. That gives him another four weeks to fine-tune his mechanics before any official promotion, but he appears poised to become the 14th pitcher on the Cubs roster.
Though Brown isn’t a fully homegrown prospect that has spent his whole career in the Cubs system, he still represents a new trend of pitchers finding success within the organization, such as Justin Steele, who was drafted in 2021. The Cubs have a long line of pitching prospects on the way, including four prospect arms in their top 10. Brown figures to be utilized in a relief role, the same as Steele was, and hopefully moved into the starting rotation after that. We’ll have to keep an eye on further rumors as they relate to Brown and roster expansion come September 1st.