Five Minor Leaguers that Could Make an Impact for the Cubs

Chicago Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario sprints to first base after recording his first major league hit

As we already know, the Chicago Cubs have one of the best offenses in the league, but here are some prospects that can make an impact in the majors this year.


Jeimer Candelario

 Candelario is a 6’1″ third baseman from New York, New York and he is already  making an impact in the minors this year.  In just three games this year at Iowa, Jeimer has raked in 10 RBI’s and he is batting .308 with two home runs. Jeimer was actually on the Cubs’ squad for a little while last year as Tommy La Stella went to the DL. During that time he would just record one hit in 11 at bats. There is no doubt in my mind that he will have a good chance to make the big leagues this year, but where would the Cubs play him? As I said before Candelario is a third baseman, but the Cubs already have a third baseman that is pretty good, so I believe that when he does make the big league squad they might have to move Bryant to the outfield. There is also a possibility that Jeimer could be shipped off around the trade deadline, since the Cubs already have a third baseman who will be here for a while.

Ian Happ

It’s Happening! Chicago Cubs prospect Ian Happ will be another possibility that makes it up to the bigs this year for the Cubs. Happ was drafted in the first round by the Cubs in 2015 out of Cincinnati, and he is sprinting up to the majors. Happ was at Myrtle Beach and Tennesee last year where he posted a .279 average with 15 home runs and 73 RBI’s. Before this season, Ian was invited to join the Cubs in spring training and he proved why he should be there. In spring training Happ would bat .383 with five home runs and a MLB best 21 RBI’s. He has also shown some power at Iowa this year already knocking three home runs. If an injury in the infield happens be prepared for Ian Happ to get the call , because this kid can play.

Eloy Jimenez

Eloy is expected to start off his year in Myrtle Beach, as he has been out with a bone bruise in his right shoulder. Eloy is just 20 years old and he has been dominating the minors. Last year in South Bend, Jimnez hit a whopping .369 with 14 homers and 81 RBI’s. Many people did not know too much about Jimnez until last year in the Futures Game when he made an incredible catch and blasted a three run homer. I do not believe that Eloy will make it up into the majors this year, but watch out next year.

Rob Zastryzny 

This left handed pitcher for the Chicago Cubs could make an impact in the bullpen this year. Zastryzny was big out of the Cubs’ bullpen for a few games last year as he would post a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings of work. Rob was optioned down to  AAA Iowa after he struggled in spring training,  but I  believe if there is an injury, or someone is struggling,  Zastryzny  will get the call, if he can pitch well in AAA.

Duane Underwood Jr.

This may not be a very popular opinion, but I believe that Duane Underwood Jr. could have  a big impact on the Cubs in the next few years. Duane is a very bright pitching prospect that is in AA with the Tennessee Smokies. Last year Duane posted a 2.97 ERA in the minors over 16 games.  Underwood Jr. has been set back over the last two years with two injuries, but Joe Maddon says he is now healthy and if he can get his mind right, he can be a great pitcher.

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