Cubs Prospects—Trevor Gretzky, Zach Godley

NorthSiders report continues its way through the Cubs minor league alphabet as we take a look at outfielder Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, and pitcher Zach Godley, a 2013 draft pick from University of Tennessee. There also a brief look at the rest of the "G"s.

Trevor Gretzky, OF
Age: 21 (9/14/1992)
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 190

2013 Teams: Boise Hawks, Northwest League (SS); Kane County Cougars, Midwest League, (A)

Northsiders Report 2014 Ranking—Not rated

How acquired—Drafted in the 7th round in 2011

Prior to Cubs
A football prospect at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, CA, Gretzky injured his shoulder his senior year and his career as a quarterback came to an end. Turning his attention to baseball, he hit .393 with a homer and 27 RBI in 31 games his senior season. He was planning to attended San Diego State but the Cubs signed Gretzky to a $375,000 bonus, over value for a 7th round pick.

Cubs Career
Gretzky missed the 2011 season after recovering from labrum surgery on his shoulder. He made his pro debut in left field June 6, 2012, for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League going 1-3. He played in 35 games, hitting. 304/.372/.330 in 115 at-bats. He struggled to start the year but hit .405 over his final 12 games.

2013 Season
Gretzky battled for playing time in the Boise outfield and a 6-29 start to the season didn't help. He made the most of his opportunity when travel restriction to Canada trimmed the roster and gave Gretzky the chance to start a five-game series in Vancouver. He went 6-17 against the Canadians, and earned a starting role in left field for the Hawks. He was promoted to Kane County in mid-August. While with the Cougars, Gretzky recorded his first career four-hit game on Aug. 22 vs. Beloit and then launched his first pro homer on Sept. 1 with his parents, Janet Jones and Wayne Gretzky, in attendance. He hit .306/.333/.408 in 14 games with Kane County, and finished the year with 135 at-bats.

2014 Outlook

Look for Gretzky to return to Kane County for 2014 as he looks to log a full season. The 21-year-old is still very raw to baseball and continues to learn the game. He posses good athletic skills and according to Boise manager Gary Van Tol, "he's seen what its all about to be a professional, the work you need to put in, the responsibly and I think he's been able to use that to his advantage." Even though he's had less than 300 plate appearances in his career, Gretzky looks comfortable in the box and has a good recognition of the strike zone. The 2014 season will be a test for Gretzky as he grinds through a full-season after playing in a career-high 41 games in 2013.

Zack Godley, P
Age: 23 (4/21/1990)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 235

2013 Teams: Mesa Cubs, Arizona Rookie League, (R); Boise Hawks, Northwest League, (SS)

Northsiders Report 2014 Ranking—Not rated

How acquired—Drafted in the tenth round in 2013, # 288 overall

Prior to Cubs
After an all-state prep career at Bamber-Ehrhardt High School in Bamberg, SC, that included back-to-back state titles, the Mets selected Godley in the 50th round in 2009. He was also an all-state football player his senior year at quarterback and linebacker.

After turning down the Mets offer, Godley attended Spartanburg Methodist Junior College, throwing 41.2 innings his freshman year and then led Tennessee with 28 relief appearances as a sophomore after enrolling in the SEC school. He fanned 34 in 32 innings with two saves and a 3.38 ERA. Godley moved into the rotation as a junior, going 4-2 in 11 starts and earned SEC pitcher of the week honors. He was the workhorse of the SEC his senior year, leading the league with 108.1 innings and finished second with 98 strikeouts. He threw six complete games, more than any other SEC team, and fanned a career-high 13 in his final start of the year against Texas A & M. He threw the first complete game shutout in school history since 2006 when he blanked Missouri, who had Cubs' second-round pick Rob Zastryzny on the mound. He made 14 starts and went 6-2 with a 1.22 WHIP and a .242 BAA.

2013 Season
Godley made his pro debut for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League on July 2 against the Brewers, allowing a run on two hits in one inning. Godley was immediately promoted to Boise and earned his first pro win in two innings of relief at Vancouver on July 14. The right-hander got off to an impressive start in the NWL, not allowing an earned run in his first 11 innings. He teamed with 2013 first-round picks Rob Zastryzny, Sam Wilson and Scott Frazier for five games as the combo was a formidable force, going 5-0 with three shutouts. Godley was 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA at Boise, logging 25.2 innings with 27 K, a BAA of .217 and a 0.97 WHIP. Godley was also impressive in the playoffs earning the save with two innings of shutout ball in the the first game of the divisional series and got the final five outs in the Game 1 finals win. His fastball was clocked at 95 during the finals.

2014 Outlook
Godley should break camp this spring with Kane County but it will be interesting to see if the Cubs use the tall right-hander out of the bullpen or in the rotation. Its also not out of the question the Cougars use the "piggy-back" system in 2014 to get more starters innings, a move the Cubs development staff deployed last year in Daytona.

Here the rest of the Cubs "G"s in the minors:

Humberto Garcia, 2B—Signed as a free agent before the season started, Garcia started his career playing in the Nationals' organization for two seasons before being released. Garcia, 19, hit .246/.310./314 and swiped 31 bases in 39 attempts.

Robert Garcia, OF—Signed in 2013, the 21-year-old Dominican got off to a slow start but hit .291 over the final month of the season and finished with a slash line of .269/.387/.308 in the DSL.

Victor Garcia, LHP—The 22-year-old left-hander started the year in the Arizona Rookie League (1-0 13.50 ERA, 2IP) but was sent to the Venezuelan Summer League. Signed in 2009 as a free agent, the fourth-year pro went 2-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 51.1 innings in the VSL.

David Garner, RHP—The Cubs seventh-round pick out of Michigan State in 2013, Garner was limited to just 14.2 innings in his first pro season. He appeared in nine games for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League, going 0-2 with a 7.96 ERA. He allowed 19 hits and nine walks with 16 strikeouts.

Anthony Giansanti, OF—Tennessee-Daytona-Tennessee-Iowa-Daytona. That's where the 2013 season took the 25-year-old graduate of Siena College, culminating with a championship with the D-Cubs. The utility man hit .278/.343/.363 in 102 games with a homer and 30 RBI.

Reggie Golden, OF—A second round pick in 2010, Golden missed the most of the 2012 season with a knee injury and made his return with 64 games at Kane County in the Midwest League. The 22-year-old blasted nine homers for the Cougars and ended the year with a slash line of .227/.282/.382.

Antonio Gonzalez, IF—Signed as a free agent in 2010, Gonzalez hit .202/.352/.3131 in 34 games in the DSL. He slugged his first pro homer and also knocked in 11 runs.

Edgar Gonzalez, 2B—A 30th round pick of the Devil Rays back in 2000, Gonzalez played in 47 games for AAA Iowa last year, hitting . 267/.309/.412 with 5 HR and 20 RBI after signing with the Cubs in July.

Jesus Gonzalez, SS—In his first pro season, the Venezuelan native hit .130/.259/.217 in 23 games. The 17-year-old swiped five bases and showed some discipline at the plate with 10 walks in limited plate appearances in the VSL.

Leonardo Gonzalez, C—Singed in May of 2012, Gonzalez spent his second pro season in the VSL hitting .209/.294/.396 in 35 games. The 18-year-old did show some power with three homers and eight doubles.

Victor Gomez, OF—The 18-year-old put up decent numbers in his first pro season, hitting .288/.360/.424 with a homer and seven RBI in 20 games in the VSL.

Yapson Gomez, LHP—The 158-pound lefty finished his first season in the VSL going 0-1 with a 4.18 EA. Gomez, 20, worked 23.2 innings, yielding 25 hits and nine walks to go along with 15 strikeouts.

Trevor Graham, RHP—A 13th round pick from Franklin Pierce University, the 22-year-old appeared in 11 games for Mesa, earning one save. He made his debut July 10 vs. Padres, working a scoreless inning, and finished the year logging 21.1 innings and a 2.11 ERA.

Carlos Gutierrez, RHP—Claimed on waivers from the Twins in October of 2012, Gutierrez only pitched in six games in 2013 at three different levels, before being sidelined with an injury. He appeared in two games for AA Tennessee, allowing three hits in 3.2 innings.

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