Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bowman 2014 Cubs Prospects

The Cubs managed to land five prospects on the 110 player checklist.  The most prominent of Kris Bryant.  He's been really good since being drafted by the Cubs in the first round last year.  In fact, his presence in the set boosted the price of a Cubs team set a bit.

Each card comes with a regular and chrome version.  The regular is on the left, the chrome on the right.


I have the cards in alphabetical order so Kris Bryant is first.  He'd also be first if I listed them by potential.  The Cubs took Bryant with the second overall pick in the 2013 draft.  He is in AA Tennessee on the fast track to Wrigley Field.  So far this year he's done pretty well.  His average is .331 in 36 games and he's already hit 10 homers and knocked in 29 runs.  I wouldn't be surprised to see him at Wrigley Field some time this season.


This is The Great One, Jr.  Except he's not really that great.  The Cubs took him in the 7th round of the 2012 draft and he started his slow climb up the chain.  He did OK in rookie ball, hitting .304, but since then he's been a .250 hitter.  In March of this year, the Cubs traded Gretzky to the Angels for Matt Scioscia, the son of Angels manager Mike Scioscia.  It was a big name trade, except the big names were the players' dads.


Pierce Johnson was a first round (43rd pick) choice of the Cubs in the 2012 draft.  He did well last year in A and High A, going a combined 11-6 with an ERA of 2.74.  Even better were in 124 strikeouts and only 43 walks.  Right now he is in AA Tennessee, where he has a 1-1 record in four starts.


The Cubs signed the Cuban Rivero as a free agent last spring.  He's already 25, so the clock is ticking for him.  He's with AA Tennesse right now, working out of the bullpen.  In 13 appearances, he's got a 1-0 record with 27 Ks and 8 walks over 18.2 innings.  He's also picked up seven saves.  The Cubs future closer?


Underwood is the youngest of the five prospects, only 19 (turning 20 in July). The Cubs picked him in the second round of the 2012 draft.  He is with Low A Kane County right now, a starter in their rotation.  In five starts,  he's yet to have a decision, but his ERA is only 2.91.  He'll fit right in with Jeff Samardzija.


  1. The Cubs just released Scioscia last week or so. I can't help but feel Theo & Jed traded for Matt Scioscia for two reasons:
    1. Gretzky gets a new life in an organization that doesn't have so many road blocks at his position ahead of him and...
    2. Theo can cut Matt Scioscia and the media can't go all crazy the way they would have if the Angels (dad's team) cut him. The younger Scioscia is NOT a ballplayer and the Angels knew it.

    Good on Theo and Jed in my opinion.

    1. P.S. - Are you going to change your blog's banner now that the Cubs have changed the Wrigley marquee from red and white back to green and gold?

    2. I did think about it, but the marquee will go back to red in a week or so, so I didn't think it was worth the trouble.