Visiting the Farms - NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Ed Howard is one of the best defenders in the Cubs system. This shortstop has the potential tools to become a Gold Glove candidate. His hitting might hinder his rise through the minors, with a .477 OPS through 20 games.

Brailyn Marquez features one of the best fastballs in the minors. Marquez consistently sits at 99mph and is a lefty, showing shades of Aroldis Chapman. His changeup sits in the low 90's with his slider in the low 80's. He's yet to pitch this year, but did post 128K's in 103IP in 2019.

Cory Abbott came into the system off of a perfect game in college. He's able to turn his slider into a slurve or cutter, depending on the velocity. He credits this to learning his grip from Noah Syndergaard. Abbott has been called up this year, pitching 8.1IP striking out 6.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Nick Gonzales was the Pirates first round pick in last years draft. He's best known for his insane career at New Mexico State. In 2019, he posted a 1.765 OPS for the season with a .448 batting average. This success has continued on in the minors, posting a .304 batting average and a .960 OPS. Scouts are projecting Gonzales to move through the minors quick.

Oneil Cruz has been the Pirates most intriguing prospect since they traded for him back in 2017. Cruz has the arm strength to be a pitcher and the speed to be a center fielder, all in a 6'7" frame. The amount of raw power that exists with Cruz is staggering. In 2019, Cruz averaged a 92.4mph on his exit velocities which would put him in the top 20 of the majors this year. What's holding hi