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LOD’s 2018 Top Prospects: Chicago Cubs – Shortstop

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.

Today we present LOD’s pick for the top shortstop in the Chicago Cubs farm system.

Shortstop – Aramis Ademan – 2017 Teams: Eugene (Short Season), South Bend (Single-A)

2017 Statistics: .267/.324/.427, .751 OPS, 7 HR, 42 RBI, 14 SB

This one should come as no surprise. Aramis Ademan was the highlight of the Cubs huge international signing class in 2015. The 19 year old native of Santiago, DR spent 2016 in the DSL. He came to the States in 2017 and after 39 impressive games with short season Eugene, he made the jump to Single-A South Bend.
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Despite being much younger than his competition, Ademan put up noteworthy stats in 2017. He was an extra base hit machine at both levels he played in. He slugged .466 in Eugene and .378 in South Bend with 27 of his 77 combined season hits going for extra bases, that was over just 68 total games.

The one area Ademan could have looked for improvement was his strikeout to walk ratio. He struck out in almost 18% of his at bats at South Bend while walking just 3% of the time. It wouldn’t be fair unless we specified that time in South Bend was a small sample size and Ademan was just 18 years old at the time.

Defensively, Ademan is solid at shortstop. He has very good mechanics and shows the ability to hold down the position for the duration of his career. He has good speed which translates well both in the field and on the bases.

At 5’11 160lbs, he isn’t the most physically imposing figure on the field, but he still has the potential to grow. That growth could add some power to his left handed swing but it will not be enough size to slow his feet down and hinder his defense. Ademan shows a very good skill set for a raw 19 year old. I expect him to get a full year in South Bend in 2018 where he will still be much younger than his competition.

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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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