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Cubs System Position-by-Position, Pt 8: Righty Starters Aplenty in Lower Levels

The Cubs’ right-handed starting pitching depth is quite considerable, to the extent that I had to break this review into two parts. Our first section focused on just AA and AAA and this week we’ll examine the depth at three levels of class A and the rookie leagues in Arizona and the Dominican. While deep, the Cubs system is not blessed with anyone who could be considered a top-of-the-rotation starter right now.

But that could change soon.

Richard Gallardo, a 17-year-old the Cubs signed last July 2 as an international free agent out of Venezuela, could be the name on everyone’s lips over the next couple years. He is blessed with command and control early in his career and he is growing and could easily add more velocity. Baseball America and MLB Pipeline both lauded Gallardo as the number one pitcher in last year‘s international free agent class and he dominated the major showcase last spring. He should be at Mesa to start his pro career in 2019 under the tutelage of esteemed pitching coach Anderson Tavarez, who worked wonders with Adbert Alzolay.

The highest uspide in the system belongs to 22-year-old <a target="_self" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=moreno000erl&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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