Tonight, the Cubs received the services of pitcher Alec Mills from the KC Royals. In return, the Royals get OF Donnie Dewees, a rising Cubs prospect who likely would have started the year at Tennessee. Cubs Central wishes Donnie the best in his new home and we hope he gets to the show in the 2-3 years.
Mills has the ability to locate his fastball wherever he likes, operating at 91-95 mph and carrying that velocity deep into games. His changeup is a solid second offering, while his curveball and slider give him a pair of average secondary pitches.
Mills has good but not overpowering stuff, so there are times when he’s hittable because he’s around the strike zone so much.
Look for him to start out the year in AAA Iowa. At 6’4 and 190, there’s still some physical projection left. He doesn’t walk many and has good control and command of four pitches. He only saw action in 3 MLB games (all in relief) last year.
He is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on this summer as the Cubs are starting to get ready for life without Arrieta and Lackey.
I have an inkling this will be the first of a hitting prospect for a pitching prospect type of trade.
I like the deal as it builds depth in AAA in case of injury. And with the defense that the major club has, Mills, as a control guy, would benefit greatly from the Cubs outstanding defense.
The Top 21 List has a new top 15 member to take Donnie’s place.