Name: Will Remillard, C
Age: 22 (9/18/1992)
Weight: 195 pounds
How acquired: —Drafted in the 19th round 2013, # 558 overall, out of Costal Carolina University. Scouted by Keith Lockhart.
Kane County Cougars, Midwest League, Low A (49 G, .286/.372/.381, 1 HR, 26 RBI)
Prior to Cubs
After leading his summer team to the Connie Mack World Series, Remillard prepped at La Salle Institute in New York, earning all-area recognition for three years. An all-state catcher his senior year, he accepted a scholarship to Temple and was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year, hitting .321 with 10 doubles, 3 HR, and 26 RBI. Remillard transferred after his freshman season to Costal Carolina and sat out the 2012 season per NCAA by-laws. In his only season for the Chanticleers, Remillard was named second team All-Big South and led Coastal Carolina with 39 RBI. He batted .280/.336/.392 with a team-high 13 doubles but missed several games at the end of the year with a back injury. The Cubs used their 19th round pick to select Remillard and instead of signing, headed to the Cape Cod League. He then decided to turn pro to try to fulfill his dream and also get proper care for his back. Remillard told Northsiders Report last summer in an interview, the rehab and care that the Cubs could provide was one of the big reasons he turned pro.
Remillard broke camp with Kane County and made his pro debut April 3, going 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored. He slugged his first homer April 27, knocked in five runs on April 17, and was named the Cubs April Minor League Player of the Month after hitting .373/.458/.549 with 15 RBI in 15 games. The backstop played 34 games the first two months but only appeared in 15 more games the rest of the season with two trips to the DL—missing most of June with a back injury and was shutdown with an arm injury and missed the final month. He ended his first pro year hitting .286/.372/.381 and earned Midwest League all-star honors. Remillard did participate in Fall Instructs after the injury in July.
Remillard is one of the best defensive catchers in the Cubs minor league system and the development of his bat in ’14 came as a bonus. Like most of his baseball career, injuries hampered his ability to stay on the field and will go a long ways in determining whether or not he makes it to the majors. Remillard should head to Myrtle Beach to continue his development but may end up back in the Midwest League due to the backlog of catchers at the lower levels.