Covering the minor leagues for several websites over the past few years, I’ve come to realize that reader interest in minor leagues often varies from person to person. There are those like myself who check the minor league box scores every morning, others who check out the stats for their team’s farm clubs periodically, still others that browse the top 10’s of their team to see who is going to come to the big club soon, and finally those that could care less until the player shows in the majors. While the latter group probably saves themselves quite a bit of frustration, the minor leagues certainly has it’s place to the daily fan.

Today, I’d like to present to you a few names that likely aren’t on the Cubs’ Top 10 Prospects lists you’ll find on the web. These are guys that will hopefully take a step forward in the organization this year…

Robert Hernandez

Just 19, Hernandez won’t turn 20 until October, but throws strikes, walking just 28 in 103.2 IP, while giving up just over a hit an inning. Hernandez can touch 92-93 but is projectable as he is still filling out his body.

Jovan Rosa

I’ve got to have at least one hitter in the bunch, and Rosa is a good selection. Rosa is a third basemen that has really good pop in his bat and good size, think an Albert Pujols type build.

Rafael Dolis

Dolis has a big arm, and before getting injured last year started to put things together. Dolis just turned 20, and went 3-1 with an ERA of 1.80 last season at Peoria.

Ryan Acosta

The son of former Cubs pitching coach, Oscar Acosta, Ryan was as polished as you will find a 18 year old in his first professional season last year.

Larry Suarez

Suarez has a big arm but just hasn’t figured out the finer arts of pitching. When and if Suarez figures things out, look for his stock to skyrocket.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail