The Chicago Cubs have a minor league system that features some top-level talent like MLB.com’s seventh-best prospect in the league, Pete Crow-Armstrong. It is also filled with players that project to be major league contributors, and guys with extremely high ceilings but also impossibly low floors.
The players we’ll look at in today’s post are the 30th-21st best prospects in the system. There are guys on this list that have the ability to pitch out of the bullpen in Wrigley as soon as the end of this season, depth arms that can be spot starters that are shuttled in from Iowa, and a couple of teenage shortstops to dream on in the lower levels.
Later this week we’ll look at the Top 20 prospects, but until then, here is the 30th-best prospect in the Chicago Cubs minor league system.
Luke Little LHP
Age: 22 Years Old
Level: AA Tennessee Smokies
Joined the organization via: 4th Round Pick in 2020 MLB Draft
2023 Stats: 45.1 IP 2.38 ERA 67/29 K/BB
Luke Little is what you envision when you say the word “imposing.” At 6’8 220 pounds, the lefty comes out of the bullpen and overpowers hitters. He has a career 2.66 ERA in the minors since joining the Cubs and he’s struck out 13.8 batters per nine innings.
The Cubs are looking for ways to improve the bullpen at the major league level right now and will likely be looking for ways to do it again next season. Having a big lefty with high-leverage stuff that has a track record of shutting down opposing hitters is a hard profile to pass up and I’m very much looking forward to getting Little to the majors by the end of this season or by mid-season 2024.