Today, we finish our 2013 features of Chicago Cubs prospects with two apiece from the AA Tennessee Smokies and the AAA Iowa Cubs. Tennessee finished its regular season 76-62 and claimed the second half North Division title of the Southern League. Iowa missed the postseason after finishing with a record of 66-78.
Let’s get to our player profiles.
Yeiper Castillo: Right-handed pitcher Castillo, 25, was signed as a minor league free agent after spending seven seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization, where he had been signed out of his native Venezuela by then Red Sox General Manager and current Cubs boss Theo Epstein. Castillo’s pitching arsenal includes a 90-92 MPH fastball that peaks at 94, a low 70′s curveball and an 82-84 MPH changeup with excellent deception.
Castillo never reached higher than advanced Class A in the Red Sox system. The Cubs decided to try Castillo primarily in the bullpen this season, starting at Advanced A Daytona, and he was soo...