Projecting a Chicago Cubs 26-man roster with top prospects
1. Hayden Wesneski
2. Jordan Wicks
3. Porter Hodge
4. Luis Devers
5. Ben Brown
The ace of this rotation, Hayden Wesneski, rightfully claims his spot on the throne due to still technically being a prospect. We all know what he did last season and in Spring Training this year, and he is a fantastic example of why you can't always look at a top prospects list and think that if somebody isn't there, they don't have great potential.
A lot of these guys will be must-sees at Double-A Tennesse this year. We hope to see Jordan Wicks put it all together and bust out this year. A season ago, he recorded a combined 3.80 ERA between High-A and Double-A, and that arm has plenty of potential. Porter Hodge and Luis Devers held it down in High-A last year and helped South Bend win the Midwest League Championship. Hodge, 22 years old, recorded a 2.01 ERA in 40.1 IP once he got called up from Myrtle Beach, and Devers, also 22, won Cubs minor league pitcher of the year after notching a 1.05 ERA once he was promoted to High-A in 51.1 frames.
Ben Brown recorded a 3.38 ERA between High-A and Double-A and is also eyeing a breakout season this year. He will have plenty of opportunity to do so after recording 149 strikeouts in just 104 innings of work.