I’ve got a miniature version of the Mid-Week Buzz today, framed once again as a collection of random thoughts I have regarding things in the system this very second.
Trade Deadline Prospects
We’re less than 24 hours removed from the deadline and we all know it didn’t go how we expected it to, for better or worse. What we do know, however, is that the Cubs acquired three true prospects in their trades recently: Hayden Wesneski, Ben Brown, and Saúl González. So what can we expect from them in the short-term?
Wesneski — I’m thinking we’ll get a few starts from the righty in Iowa before seeing him bumped up to Chicago for the remainder of the season. He’s already 24-years-old and I view him in a very similar light to Caleb Kilian in terms of his development and preparedness for the bigs.
Brown — He had literally just been promoted up to Double-A in the Phillies system the day prior to the trade. He’ll spend the rest of the season in Tennessee, although he’s already logged 73 innings this year so I don’t think he has a ton more in the tank. With that being said, the man who stands 6-foot-6 has been getting better as this season has worn on.
González — Another big righty, he was just assigned to Myrtle Beach this morning. After spending all of this year at Single-A working in relief, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get a taste of South Bend pretty soon here. He is Rule 5 eligible this offseason so that throws a big ol’ wrench into things.
Let’s not forget about the new prospects that were selected in the draft just a couple weeks ago. A few of those guys will be making their way to a full-season affiliate this year. Predicting who that will be is always a difficult task given every player’s base point and how much the Cubs want to work with them outside of game settings before throwing them into the fire. I’ll make my guess here regardless.
Immediately, I’m throwing out the high school guys. The hope (not even full-blown expectation) is that they will appear in games in Myrtle Beach in the first half of next year. There’s no way they make it there this season.
That leaves 13 college guys left over, a few that we can assume need more seasoning in Arizona. Of that bunch…
• Will Frisch is still making his way back from Tommy John surgery.
• Mat Peters is a JuCo guy that is still extremely raw. View him in the same light as Luke Little when he was drafted.
• Brandon Noriega is kind of (?) a college guy, but I think the Cubs will take their time on getting base measurements on his pitches in the lab.
• Shane Marshall is converting into being a full-time pitcher.
That leaves nine guys that I think have a chance of appearing on MiLB TV this year:
Cade Horton, Brandon Birdsell, Nick Hull, Connor Noland, Brody McCullough, Haydn McGeary, Andy Garriola, Garrett Brown, and Ke’Shun Collier
Odds say all nine dudes won’t make it up, so instead I’ll roll with Nick Hull, Connor Noland, Andy Garriola, and Ke’Shun Collier, all filling slots on a Pelicans roster that all the sudden has plenty of holes.