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

LOD’s prospect preview takes us to the hot corner as we bring you our pick for the top prospect at third base in the Chicago Cubs farm system. While Kris Bryant may have things locked down, there are still some promising young ballplayers behind him in the system.

Third Base – Jesse Hodges – 2017 Team: Myrtle Beach (Advanced-A)

2017 Statistics: .268/.345/.427, .772 OPS, 13 HR, 63 RBI

Jesse Hodges isn’t a name you will see cracking a bunch of top prospect lists, but there is no denying his development. A non-drafted free agent, Hodges signed with the Cubs prior to the 2013 season. The journey hasn’t been a quick one for the Victoria, BC product, Advanced-A is the highest classification Hodges has played in over his four year career. However, every player progresses at their own rate and Hodges is definitely trending in the right direction.
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He has always struggled right off the bat after a promotion, but turns things around to be pretty productive. After an unimpressive 29 games in Myrtle Beach in 2016, the Cubs decided they wanted to see more from Hodges and gave him a chance at a full season with the Carolina League club in 2017. That move certainly paid off.

Hodges put up career highs in all three slash line categories, OPS, home runs, and wRC+. While his 2016 29 game sample size in high A is a far cry from his 124 games in 2017, Hodges dropped his strikeout rate from 29.8% in 2016 to 20.8% in 2017 while boosting his walk rate from 6.1% in 2016 to 8.9% in 2017.

Defensively, Hodges has had his fair share of struggles, but has played the position virtually his entire pro career. He doesn’t have mind-blowing range in the field and has a career .918 fielding percentage at the hot corner over.

Despite the defensive struggles, Hodges is certainly a name to watch out for in 2018. The Cubs have been very conservative with his promotions and it has proven to benefit him. It will be interesting to see if he starts the season in Tennessee or heads back to Myrtle Beach. He will more than likely be mashing wherever he plays in 2018.

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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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