Wes Darvill, 2B
Age 22 (9/10/1991)
2013 Teams: Kane County Cougars, Midwest League, (A), Daytona Cubs, Florida State League (A+)
Northsiders Report 2014 Ranking—Not rated
How acquired—Drafted in the fifth round in 2009, #170 overall
Prior to Cubs
Darvill caught the attention of scouts as a member of the Canadian Junior National Team. He prepped at Brookswood Secondary School in Langley, British Columbia, and was a member of the Langley Blaze of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League when the Cubs selected him in the fifth-round and signed the infielder for a reported $144,200.
Darvill began his pro career in the Arizona Rookie League, playing in 34 games after he signed (.223/.295/.231). Darvill got off to a hot start in Mesa in 2010 and earned a promotion to Boise but struggled in his first trip to the NWL. Darvill returned to Boise, was the team's starting shortstop, and had a solid season batting .256/.346/.318 with 29 runs and 7 SB in 66 games. Darvill completed his first full season at the age of 20, playing in 116 games with a slash line of .224/.285/.306 for Peoria in the Midwest League in 2012.
Darvill opened 2013 in Kane County playing 15 games at four different positions: 3B-2B-SS-LF. He hit .347/.429/.469 with two triples and six RBI, earning a promotion to Daytona on May 9. Darvill was a solid second baseman for the D-Cubs with a .983 fielding percentage, 135 assists, and 40 double plays in 55 games. The left-hander hit .253/.324/.365 with 3 HR, 34 RBI, 37 R, and 8 SB. In the playoffs, he hit .250 with 2 RBI in the FSL finals and .333 in the divisional series. Darvill finished up the year in the Arizona Fall League, added to the taxi squad after it was decided Javier Baez wouldn't play in the AFL. Darvill hit .171/.237/.286 in 11 games and belted a homer in his first game.
The Cubs minor league staff thought enough of Darvill to send him to the AFL so its not out of the questions he begins the season as Tennessee's starting second baseman. An injury to Stephen Bruno allowed Darvill to get a starting role in the FSL and he took advantage, especially on defense. An organization can never have too many athletic middle infielders with a good baseball IQ, and Darvill continues to improve as he progresses through the system.
Frandy Delarosa, SS
Age 18, (1/24/1996)
2013 Team: Dominican Cubs, Dominican Summer League (SS)
Northsiders Report 2014 Ranking —Not rated
How acquired—Signed as a free agent July 2, 2012
The switch-hitting shortstop was one of the Cubs top July 2 signings in 2012, receiving $700,000. According to scouting reports, Delarosa has the ability to square up the ball with a short, simple swing from both sides of the plate. He displays quick hands and has good bat control. He posses above average speed and arm strength but projects as a second baseman. Scouts also noted Delarosa showed more arm strength and better defensive skills during the Cubs' winter program after signing.
Delarosa came to the states for spring training and EST, and was sent back for the DSL season, making his pro debut at shortstop on June 1 in the season opener. The 17-year-old played in 11 games in June and didn't see any action the rest of the season. He really struggled at the plate striking out 20 times in 45 plate appearances. He was 3-39 with three RBI, two walks, and two stolen bases. Delarosa did participate at fall instruct in Mesa in October, seeing action in four games.
With less than 50 professional at-bats, Delarosa may need a full season in the DSL before he's turned loose stateside. Delarosa was driving a car on Jan 6 with four teammates when they were involved in an accident. Delarosa was uninjured in the mishap but P Jose Zapata and OF Kevin Encarnacion were still hospitalized over a week after the accident. Delarosa was the Cubs top 16-year-old signing in 2011 (23-year-old RHP Juan Paniagua received $1.2 million) and marks the first wave of young international prospects in the Theo Epstein era.