Here’s the latest installment of Prospect Updates and I’ve started adding players from the Dominican Summer League.
Iowa-IF Logan Watkins
After missing the entire 2015 season with an Achilles injury, Watkins resigned a free agent deal to come back for his 8th pro season with the Cubs. A veteran of 58 major league games (2013-14), the 26-year-old is having a solid season in his return from the injury and showing his versatility by playing all over the infield and outfield. In 64 games, Watkins is hitting .280/.329/.370 with 27 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
Tennessee-2B Ian Happ
Between May 3 and May 18, the Cubs first-round pick last June hit .200/.297/.255 over a 15-game stretch and saw his batting average dip into the .260s. Fifteen days was all the longer his slump lasted. Over the next 31 games the switch-hitter batted .337/.453/.535 with 3 HR, 20 RBI and 24 BB, earning Carolina League Player of the Week honors and a promotion to AA. Since joining the Smokies, Happ, 21, has been a tough out, hitting .407/.443/.611 with 2 HR and 11 RBI in 15 games. The Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for June continues to work on sharpening his defense skills in his first pro season at second.
Myrtle Beach-OF Jeffrey Baez
Over the final two months of last season, nobody in the Cubs organization was hotter than Jeffrey Baez, batting .359/.381/.553 with 8 HR, 46 R, and 23 SB in 51 games. Baez ended the season with a ring in Myrtle Beach and was back in a Pelicans uniform to start 2016. The 22-year-old struggled again in the first half as he’s hitting .223/.307/.307 in 66 games but does led the team with 25 stolen bases.
South Bend-LHP Kyle Twomey
The Cubs 13th round pick out of USC last June, Twomey has served a dual role in his first full season. Starting the season in the rotation, the 22-year-old made 10 starts and went 2-3 with a 4.59 ERA, allowing 49 hits and 22 walks in 51.1 innings with 22 strikeouts. He’s a different guy out of the bullpen, striking out 28 in 18 innings with a 0.50 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.
DSL Cubs 2—SS Aramis Ademan
Signed for a reported $2 million bonus last summer as part of the Cubs 2015 IFA class, the left-handed hitting shortstop got off to a slow start to his pro career in the DSL, hitting .183/.338/.200 with eight errors in his first 17 games. The 17-year-old Dominican is starting to heat up, batting .391 (9-for23) over his last seven games with no errors during that stretch.