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LOD’s 2018 Top Prospects: Chicago Cubs – Second 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.

We continue to work our way around the infield in LOD’s Chicago Cubs prospect preview. Today’s edition takes us to second base.

Second Base – Carlos Sepulveda – 2017 Teams: Myrtle Beach (Advanced-A), AZL Cubs (Rookie)

2017 Statistics: .228/.301/.255, .556 OPS, 0 HR, 11 RBI

If this is the first you are hearing of Carlos Sepulveda you might be wondering how he made him our top pick for Cubs second base prospects with the stat line above. While there is no question the offensive numbers weren’t pretty, Sepulveda only managed to play in 37 games last season. He started the year at Advanced-A Myrtle Beach where he played 27 games before an injury kept him off the field until 10 games to end the season in rookie ball.

Sepulveda signed with the Cubs prior to the 2014 season out of his native Mexico. He began his pro career in the rookie Arizona League in 2015 where he played in 47 games. After making the jump to full season ball in 2016 at just 19 years old, Sepulveda put himself on the Cubs prospect radar by impressing both at the plate and with the glove.
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During his time in South Bend he played in 80 games, missing virtually all of May, and slashed .310/.366/.373  for a .739 OPS. He posted an impressive wRC+ of 122 while striking out just 11.2% of the time, marking the second consecutive season he put up a BB/K ratio of 0.63. He showed good range in the field both in 2016 and in his handful of games in 2017. He logged 902 innings at second base between those two campaigns and committed just 10 errors.

He has a good enough arm to play elsewhere around the diamond, but the defensive abilities play up at second. At the plate, Sepulveda has a very calm approach prior to the pitcher’s delivery. He has a wide stance with the bat on his shoulder and loads up right before the ball is released. Over his career, the 5’10 left handed hitter has been good about spreading the ball all over the diamond. He hits the ball to the opposite field almost exactly as much as he pulls it.

While the power may never jump off of the page for Sepulveda, he has that traditional middle infielder build and skill set. He features a plus glove and contact tool with a good arm. While the bat won’t be the highlight of his game, I believe, coupled with his defense, he can do enough with it to make an impact at the upper levels of the minors. After turning just 21 earlier this year, Sepulveda still has a lot of room to keep improving.

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Jake Berry

Contributing Writer at Legends On Deck®
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

You can also reach out to Jake at jberry@legendsondeck.com
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