The Cubs gave Cole Roederer a taste of a major league spring training game against the Mariners on Tuesday and in his very first at-bat, the left-handed hitter crushed a home run to center field at Sloan Park in Mesa. Not bad, considering that was also his first swing in a Cactus League game and the 2018 second round pick is only 19-years-old!

The Cubs selected Roederer with the 77th overall pick in last year’s draft out of Hart High School in Newhall, Calif. And despite only being 19-years-old, he’s already considered one of the best hitters in the Cubs minor league system.

Roederer is definitely a prospect to keep your eye on in the next few years. I mean, just check out this outlook for him from MLB Pipeline’s 30 prospects we’ll be talking about in 2021.


Roederer earns Andrew Benintendi comparisons for his all-around game, yet lasted 77 picks in the 2018 Draft because he injured his non-throwing shoulder as a high school senior and had a strong commitment to UCLA. With his bat-to-ball skills, quick lefty swing and advanced approach, he could blossom into a .300 hitter with 25 homers on an annual basis.

He’s ranked as the fifth best prospect in the Cubs farm system.

Roederer played 36 games in the Arizona League in 2018, slashing .275/.354/.465, with five home runs, 18 walks and 13 stolen bases at rookie ball.

Cole Roederer. Learn the name. Cubs fans will be hearing a lot about him for the next few years.