In years past it, was Javier Baez or Kyle Hendricks, now it is Nico Hoerner and Duncan Robinson.
In the final event of the 2019 Cubs Convention, Senior Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting, Jason McLeod, and Director of Player Development, Jaron Madison, where asked who are some players they are excited about.
McLeod and Madison responded with Nico Hoerner, Miguel Amaya, Brendan Davis, Cole Roederer, Braylon Marquez and Duncan Robinson in no particular order.
Some of the names are more familiar than others, but who are these players?
Nico Hoerner, South Bend Cubs shortstop
You may remember Hoerner from last year’s MLB draft. The Cubs first round selection is currently playing Class A baseball, according to MiLB.com.
MiLB.com has Hoerner playing 18 games in the Cubs organization and is batting .327, with an OPS of 1.021. The 21-year-old is listed as the Cubs third best batting prospect, and sixth best Cubs prospect, on MLB.com.
Miguel Amaya, South Bend Cubs catcher
Depending who you ask, like MLB.com, Amaya is the Cubs top prospect. Amaya, a catcher born in Chitre, Panama, is so young, he is still wearing braces in his team photo.
Unlike Hoerner, Amaya has a couple season with the Cubs organization. In his 232 games he is batting .242 with an OPS of .691.
Duncan Robinson, Iowa Cubs pitcher
When McLeod and Madison were asked about players they were excited for, they listed 5. But throughout fans question asking, they mentioned Robinson multiple times. Including one question about players helping the Cubs in 2019.
Robinson slowly worked his way into a starting role, in 2016, zero of his eight appearances where starts. However, in 2017 and 2018, 46 of his 51 appearances have been starts.
Most recently in 2018, Robinson started 26 games, 24 starts coming in AA, and posted a 3.11 ERA. In his two AAA starts he allowed one run in 11 innings. In his minor league career Robinson has thrown 288.0 innings and has a 2.78 ERA. Throughout his minor league career he has a K/9 of 7.28.
Brennen Davis, outfielder
Davis falls in at fifth on MLB.com’s list of Cubs batting prospects. In his 57 at-bats Davis is batting .298 with an OPS of .764.
I wish I could tell you more but Davis, along with Roerderer and Marquezes’, minor league numbers are scarcely available.
Cole Roederer, outfielder
The left handed outfielder batted .276 in his 36 games with the Cubs organization. MLB.com pegs him as the 14th best prospect in the Cubs system, and you can follow him on twitter at @ColeRoederer.
Braylon Marquez, pitcher
The Cubs have not been known for developing their pitching prospects, but McLeod and Madison have high hopes for Marquez.
The left-handed pitcher posted an ERA of 3.13 in 12 minor league starts. MLB.com has him lasted as the Cubs fourth best prospect.