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Justin Steele

Justin Steele

P | B/T: L/L | 6' 2" 205 | Age: 24
Draft: 2014 (Rd: 5, #139, Chicago Cubs) - George County (MS) HS
Lucedale, MS USA
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Fastball Velocity
Fastball Spin
Curve Spin
K%
Exit Velocity
Hard Hit %
Pop Time
Framing
Outs Above Avg
Outfielder Jump
Sprint Speed
xwOBA
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Poor
Avg
Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 6 5.59 11 11 0 38.2 42 1.68
Career Minors 16 23 3.62 80 75 0 320.2 316 1.41
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 11 0-6 5.59 38.2 42 1.68
Career Minors 80 16-23 3.62 320.2 316 1.41

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2014 AZL Cubs AZL ROK 0 0 2.89 9 4 0 18.2 15 6 6 0 8 25 1.23
2015 Eugene Emeralds NWL A(Short) 3 1 2.66 10 10 0 40.2 38 24 12 0 15 38 1.30
2016 South Bend Cubs MID A(Full) 5 7 5.00 19 19 0 77.1 93 57 43 3 39 76 1.71
2017 Myrtle Beach Pelicans CAR A(Adv) 6 7 2.92 20 20 0 98.2 100 42 32 6 36 82 1.38
2018 3 Teams Minors 2 2 2.31 11 11 0 46.2 29 15 12 2 13 53 0.90
2018 AZL Cubs 1 AZL ROK 0 0 1.47 5 5 0 18.1 9 4 3 1 4 27 0.71
2018 Myrtle Beach Pelicans CAR A(Adv) 2 1 2.45 4 4 0 18.1 12 7 5 0 6 19 0.98
2018 Tennessee Smokies SOU AA 0 1 3.60 2 2 0 10.0 8 4 4 1 3 7 1.10
2019 Tennessee Smokies SOU AA 0 6 5.59 11 11 0 38.2 45 24 24 3 20 42 1.68

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45

The Cubs gave seven-figure bonuses to three prep pitchers in 2014, but only Steele ($1 million, fifth round) remains in the organization after they included Dylan Cease ($1.5 million, sixth) in the Jose Quintana trade in 2017 and released Carson Sands ($1.1 million, fourth) in 2018. Steele ranked second in the Class A Advanced Carolina League with a 2.92 ERA when he blew out his elbow in August 2017. He returned from Tommy John surgery quicker than expected last July and looked more polished than ever.

Steele regained his previous fastball velocity, sitting in the low 90s and reaching 97 mph with some sink, though he didn't generate as many ground balls as he had previously and tired by the time he got to the Arizona Fall League. His upper-70s curveball has good depth and can be a plus offering at its best. His changeup still needs work but he's committed to using the pitch.

Steele averaged 3.7 walks per nine innings in his first four pro seasons but just 2.5 in his first year back after having his elbow reconstructed. He has simplified his delivery, allowing him to repeat it more easily and improve the frequency and quality of his strikes, though his control has regressed a bit in 2019. If he can prove he can handle a full-season workload, he could help the Cubs as a mid-rotation starter.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/30/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled LHP Justin Steele from Tennessee Smokies.
06/24/2019 Tennessee Smokies placed LHP Justin Steele on the 7-day injured list.
06/07/2019 Tennessee Smokies activated LHP Justin Steele.
04/26/2019 Tennessee Smokies activated LHP Justin Steele from the 7-day injured list.
04/15/2019 Tennessee Smokies placed LHP Justin Steele on the 7-day injured list.
03/09/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned LHP Justin Steele to Tennessee Smokies.
11/20/2018 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of Justin Steele from Tennessee Smokies.
09/11/2018 LHP Justin Steele assigned to Mesa Solar Sox.
08/22/2018 LHP Justin Steele assigned to Tennessee Smokies from Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
07/29/2018 Myrtle Beach Pelicans activated LHP Justin Steele from the 7-day disabled list.
07/03/2018 Myrtle Beach Pelicans sent LHP Justin Steele on a rehab assignment to AZL Cubs 1.
04/05/2018 Myrtle Beach Pelicans placed LHP Justin Steele on the 7-day disabled list.
09/19/2017 Myrtle Beach Pelicans activated LHP Justin Steele from the 7-day disabled list.
08/08/2017 Myrtle Beach Pelicans placed LHP Justin Steele on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 2, 2017.
04/04/2017 LHP Justin Steele assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans from South Bend Cubs.
07/09/2016 LHP Justin Steele assigned to South Bend Cubs from Eugene Emeralds.
06/03/2016 LHP Justin Steele assigned to Eugene Emeralds from South Bend Cubs.
04/05/2016 LHP Justin Steele assigned to South Bend Cubs from Eugene Emeralds.
06/17/2015 LHP Justin Steele assigned to Eugene Emeralds from AZL Cubs.
07/03/2014 LHP Justin Steele assigned to AZL Cubs.
06/21/2014 LHP Justin Steele assigned to AZL Cubs.
06/19/2014 Chicago Cubs signed LHP Justin Steele.