Rondon has improved after some struggles, and could have a big-league future.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Though the big-league Cubs season has ended, there’s still Cubs-related baseball this year. Eight Cubs prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Tuesday, and Tim will be presenting profiles of all the Cubs players on the Solar Sox before game action begins.
Most people want to watch the unfiltered best, when it comes to baseball. Or, as close as their team provides. A complete outlier, I love that baseball provides an onion of levels of development. As such, I get to follow how players develop. I get to see how they develop into a team’s pipeline, and through their pipeline. I enjoy learning about players like Manuel Rondon.
The Rondon story starts back in 2011, in reality. That’s when the Cubs drafted Rafael Lopez. A 16th-round choice that June from Florida State, Lopez matriculated through the Cubs system a bit quickly. A college selection, he was more experienced than most. Also, the Cubs system in 2011 had quite a few weak spots.
By 2013, he’d already reached Double-A Tennessee, and posted a .742 OPS. He …Read the Rest
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