At the beginning of the season, I shared with WSD readers that three of the Chicago Cubs organization’s top 30 prospects were starting the year in South Bend. In this post I talked a bit about Jake Stinnett (#11) and here I introduced you to Trevor Clifton (#27). A new list has been generated so we’ll discuss two more SB Cubs players: #5 prospect shortstop Gleyber Torres and (a new addition to the list) #29 prospect pitcher Jeremy Null.
South Bend’s 18 year old Gleyber Torres (@TorresGleyber) signed with the Cubs organization in 2013. From Venezuela, he is a 6’ 1”, 175 lb right handed shortstop with an above average arm but below average power.
Earlier in the season, Torres had a string of throwing errors, 10 for the season, but that seems to be much better lately. He has been a very consistent batter and is described as “an extremely advanced hitter for his age”. In a shortstop heavy organization like the Cubs, he could end up at second especially considering “he has just average speed and quickness”.
Thus far in 2015, Torres is batting .340 in 150 at bats. He has stuck out 33 times versus 19 walks. Both his OBP and SLG are in the .420 range and OPS is .838. Again, must remind everyone that the kid is only 18 years old. I, for one, am excited to watch is development through the Cubs organization.
His fastball and control are ranked as above average though some scouts have a problem with his upright delivery. Null is 5-1 in 2015 with 1 1.89 ERA in eight games. His 47.2 innings leads the club and he has given up 48 hits, only 1 of which was a home run. Null has stuck out 39 this year but only allowed 3 walks for a WHIP of 1.07.
I’m glad to see Jeremy on this list since he seems like a genuinely nice guy. When the Cubs “worked as servers” at Applebees, Null was one of the pitchers who spent time talking with my family and even hunted down another player to get an autograph for us. I haven’t been able to see Jeremy pitch in person yet this year. The schedule has just played out so that I’ve seen a bunch of Jake Stinnett, Trevor Clifton and Erick Leal. But now that school is (almost) out and we’ll be spending even more time at Four Winds Field, I’ll make sure to see not only Null but also Ryan Williams and Zach Hedges.