Top 5 Chicago Cubs pitching prospects that have yet to make their MLB debut
The Chicago Cubs have a lot of young and talented arms in their system, as the organization is several years into a top-to-bottom shift toward acquiring and developing pitching. This means we could be at the inception of the team churning out consistent home-grown pitchers who are able to compete at the big league level. Some of these players have already made their big league debuts, like Hayden Wesneski and Caleb Killian, but others are still working their way through the minors trying to earn a call up to Wrigley Field. Here are five of the best arms we could see debut for the Chicago Cubs in the next few years.
5. DJ Herz
8th round draft pick (2019) DJ Herz has climbed his way to the Cubs AA Tennessee Smokies team, where he made nine starts with an ugly 8.24 ERA. However, the first 17 games of Herz's 2023 season were played in South Bend, where he shined with a 2.26 ERA while striking out 99. Hopefully, he can replicate that production in Tennessee in 2023, as the 22-year-old has a lot of potential. He has swing-and-miss stuff with a vanishing changeup, and a diving curveball. Not to mention his mid 90's fastball he delivers crossbody. The young southpaw is looking to get a promotion to triple-A Iowa this year and may get the call in early 2024.