Chicago Cubs: Full Scouting Report for Every September Call-Up

Jacob Kornhauser@@KornSportsCorrespondent IIISeptember 3, 2014

Chicago Cubs: Full Scouting Report for Every September Call-Up

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    The future is bright in Chicago, and Cubs fans have gotten a glimpse of that with the call-ups of Javier Baez and Jorge Soler in the past month. There are a couple other players fans will get to see play this September who fit into the team's future plans. Whether they're players who already have major league experience or players making their major league debuts, there are people to watch this month.

    The Cubs called up seven players in total, and each should get considerable playing time. Provided are stats from this season as well as analysis of their abilities and their futures with the team, which includes an "impact rating" on a scale of 1-10 that grades their potential short-term and long-term impacts.

RHP Brian Schlitter

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    Impact Rating: 6

    6'5", 235 lbs.


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    Schlitter has already gotten a taste of the big leagues in separate seasons. He actually was putting together his best season as a pro this season before being sent back down to Triple-A Iowa. He's a big, powerful righty who can be a solid arm in the bullpen.

    Even though he doesn't have overpowering stuff, he has fine-tuned stuff that allows him to pitch an inning or two without too much damage. This September is essentially an early audition for Schlitter to make the big league squad next season.

RHP Dan Straily

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    Impact Rating: 7

    6'2", 215 lbs.


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    Like Schlitter, Straily already has major league experience under his belt. In fact, the 25-year-old looked pretty darn good in Oakland at times over the past couple seasons. However, after struggling mightily this season, the Athletics felt it was time to part ways with him.

    As the Cubs have found out with pitchers like Jake Arrieta, one team's trash can become another team's treasure. While Straily doesn't have nearly the natural stuff that Arrieta has, it's very possible he could be as successful a reclamation project. He's young and has shown the ability to hang at the big league level, so he will be given a long look for the rotation next season.

RHP Arodys Vizcaino

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    Impact Rating: 9

    6'0", 190 lbs.

    2014 Numbers (A+, AA, AAA):



    Vizcaino is the Cubs' most exciting prospect being called up this September. He's the team's No. 2 pitching prospect, and for good reason. Before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011 while with the Braves, he was pitching in the majors at age 21. Then, he was traded to the Cubs in the deal that sent Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to Atlanta.

    This is the first season Vizcaino has pitched professionally since his surgery, and he was hitting 100 mph on the gun in spring training. His electric stuff has the chance to really add something to the Cubs bullpen. Make no mistake about it, Cubs fans—you could be watching your future closer this month.

LHP Zac Rosscup

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    Impact Rating: 6

    6'2", 205 lbs.

    2014 Numbers (AA and AAA):



    Rosscup wasn't originally one of the Cubs' top pitching prospects, but the season he put together in Double-A and Triple-A this season has opened some eyes in the organization. Whether it be as a back-of-the-rotation starter or bullpen guy, he brings a lot to the table.

    For one, he's a lefty, which is valuable to any organization. He's a contact pitcher who will nibble at the corners and force hitters to beat him. Along with several other players, he will be given a chance to prove he belongs in the rotation next season.

Outfieder Junior Lake

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    Impact Rating: 6

    6'3", 215 lbs.

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    Cubs fans are very familiar with what Junior Lake brings to the table. He was the surprise of last season for the team but, unfortunately, became the surprise of this season for different reasons. Lake majorly underachieved and continued to spiral downward until finally getting sent down to the minor leagues. 

    With so many other top prospects almost ready to get their first chance at major league action, this may be Lake's last big chance to prove to Cubs brass that he still has what it takes to contribute on this team. What he needs to do is take a more patient approach and show the ability to make adjustments during an at-bat and during the course of a season.

LHP Eric Jokisch

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    Impact Rating: 7

    6'2", 185 lbs.

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    Jokisch is far from a household name even in Cubs circles, but the kid can flat-out pitch. He's been the most pleasant surprise on the bump for the Cubs in the minor leagues this season, and he earned the chance to prove what he can do at the major league level.

    While he still needs to grow into his frame, the fact that he misses so many bats is already enticing enough. Now, if he can find better command, he will be golden. A strong September from him could make decisions on next year's pitching staff even harder for the Cubs' staff.

C Rafael Lopez

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    Impact Rating: 6

    5'9", 190 lbs.

    2014 Numbers (AA and AAA):



    The Cubs are relatively thin at catcher in their system, and with Welington Castillo underperforming in the big leagues, there may be room for another backstop down the road. Lopez could possibly be that someone. Obviously, his power numbers aren't great, but what the Cubs are impressed with is his plate approach. 

    Hitting .290 and getting on base at a .393 clip is very impressive in the upper levels of the minor leagues, and he's earned a taste of big league baseball. He may not be polished enough to unseat Castillo—and he may never be—but this is an audition for him to get the Cubs front office to think of him in the relatively near future.