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Cubs Minor League Daily: Prospects Emerging Into the Next Wave

July 17th, 2017 at 8:01 AM
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Thanks to trades and promotions, the Bleacher Nation Top 40 no longer contains forty names. And thanks to a rash of breakout performances across the minors, those remaining names are in very much the wrong order. Fortunately, the mid-season re-ranking is coming up just after the trade deadline. The early numbers are starting to come together for that re-ranking, and there are already emerging some prospects who we maybe haven’t talked enough about who could appear rather prominently on the new list.

For example, consider right handed hitting second baseman Jhonny Bethencourt. He just turned 20 in February, and in his first taste of the Northwest League is hitting .311/.404/.467 with a home run and eight steals. His strikeout rate is a touch high (22%), but his walk rate is very good (12%). Basically, everything we want to see from a young prospect he is showing. He is very far from the majors, but he is firmly on the prospect radar.

And then there is Vimael Machin. He is on the old side for A ball (he’ll turn 24 in September), but his .320/.371/.500 line in South Bend earned this left handed …

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