9. Chris Beck RHP – The oldest player on this list, Chris Beck spent most of his 2014 in Birmingham, but finally made the move to Charlotte in late June. In seven AAA starts, Beck ended his ’14 season with a 4.05 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. In three minor league seasons, Beck has an overall 3.47 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Although he has 337 total innings, he has just 200 strikeouts, something that will need to improve as he progresses and eventually makes his way to Chicago.
Beck stands at 6’3″ and weighs 220 lbs. Unlike the rest of the young pitching prospects on this list, Beck has 4 established pitches. Beck’s fastball averages in the mid-90’s. His slider, curveball, and change-up all are thrown in the 80 mph range. Seen as more of a fly ball pitcher, Beck must improve his swing-and-miss pitching, especially pitching at the extremely hitter-friendly US Cellular Field. He is a potential back-end starter, and will possibly mix in some bullpen work as well.
ETA: mid-2015, possible September call-up