With the minor league regular season ending on Labor Day, over the next few days, we will complete our season-long profiles of Chicago Cubs’ prospects from each of their six minor league affiliates, starting with two apiece from the Arizona Rookie League and the Boise Hawks of the short-season Northwest League. Next week, we will unveil our first annual Sportsbank Cubs minor league All-Star team. The week of September 9-13, we will write a retrospective on all trades made by the Cubs during the 2013 season.
Let’s get started with our player profiles.
Arizona League Cubs:
Luis Villalba: It was a real challenge finding players to profile from an an impotent offense. Thus, we stuck with pitchers. One of the best for the Arizona Rookie Cubs, who finished with a 27-28 record, was lefthander Villalba, 21 in October. Signed in 2009 from Venezuela, the pitcher who complements a low 90′s fastball with a change-up and curveball debuted stateside with the Arizona Rookie Cubs this sea