According to MiLB Central, the Chicago Cubs will promote right-handed pitching prospect Ryan Jensen to their Double-A affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies.
The Cubs selected Jensen in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft, instantly making the 23-year-old one of the most highly-rated players in the organization. The Fresno State product currently ranks 12th among Cubs’ prospects according to MLB.com.
Jensen has pitched for High-A South Bend so far this season, posting a 2-7 record and 4.50 ERA in 62 IP. While those figures may not jump off the page, Jensen’s command has significantly improved. He walked 14 batters in just 12 innings for then High-A affiliate Eugene Emeralds in 2019. However, Jensen has walked just 24 batters in 62 innings for South Bend, bringing his BB/9 rate down from 10.5 to 3.5.
Bryan Smith, who covers Cubs’ prospects for Bleacher Nation, outlined the trajectory of Jensen’s development at South Bend.
As Cubs fans continue to key in on player development throughout various levels of the system, it will be interesting to see how Jensen fares at the Double-A level.