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LOD’s 2018 Top Prospects: Chicago Cubs – First Base

During the 2017-2018 offseason, we here at LOD are putting together a different kind of prospect list than you’re used to seeing. As opposed to typical prospect rankings, we are going position by position to give you the names to look out for in the upcoming season. Keep checking back to see if your favorite player makes our 2018 Top Prospect Team. You can view previous team previews by Clicking Here.

Next up on our Chicago Cubs prospect preview is first base. This is an interesting one because there isn’t a whole lot of depth at the position in the organization. Today’s player, despite spending the majority of his career at the hot corner, is our top pick for the Cubs first base prospects because of how his skill set projects in the future.

First Base – Wladimir Galindo – 2017 Team: South Bend (Single-A)

2017 Statistics: .290/.350/.432, .782 OPS, 4 HR, 19 RBI

Wladimir Galindo signed with the Cubs prior to the 2014 season out of his native Venezuela. He stayed home for his first season of affiliated baseball as he played in 62 games in the Venezuelan Summer League. He came over to the States for the 2015 season, but only played in 19 games before fracturing his hand.

After spending 2016 with the short season club in Eugene, Galindo finally made the jump to full season ball with Single-A South Bend in 2017. Unfortunately for Galindo, the injury bug got him again. He missed time with an injury in May before breaking his leg a month later and ending his season.
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Prior to the season ending injury, Galindo was performing well. His ISO didn’t have enough time to come around and showcase his true power potential, but he did post a wRC+ of 123 over his 44 games. While the defense was a little shaky, the 20 year old played well enough to be named a Midwest League All-Star.

The 6’3 210 pound righty is a third baseman by trade, but I think he profiles better at first. For me, the glove is too far away for him to stick at the position as his bat takes him higher into the ranks. He showcases plus arm strength so some believe he could hold down a corner outfield position as well.

I believe that if Galindo can stay healthy and continue to develop his bat speed, then his power will move way above average. While the Cubs may give him another run in the lower levels of the minors to help him come back from his injury, it is safe to assume that in the long run his bat will be too good to keep down there. He should start seeing more playing time at first to hide the current struggles with the glove and keep the bat developing at the same time.

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Jake Berry

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Jake resides in Carrollton, GA and loves everything baseball. He is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys traveling to watch their Minor League teams. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management. Jake is also a certified personal trainer and has a passion for fitness and weight lifting. You can find his personal site at berrysbaseball.com

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