Prospect Profile: How Did Ben Leeper Go From Undrafted FA to AAA Already?
Not everything goes as planned in the life of a baseball player. But sometimes, things do work out in the way that you might least expect. Such is the case for righty reliever Ben Leeper who was promoted to Triple-A Iowa on Monday after debuting with the organization in May at Double-A.
Height — 6-0
Weight — 201
Throws — Right
From — Southlake, Texas
Age — 23
He would spend the summer of 2019 in the Cape Cod League as he continued to build strength in his elbow, striking out 12 and walking eight with a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings for the Wareham Gatemen. Things were looking good heading into 2020 before the pandemic cut his senior season short at 7.1 innings with a 2.45 ERA and 14 strikeouts.
The shortened draft meant no one came calling for Leeper in the first five rounds, but his signing as an undrafted free agent continued a trend of the Cubs finding guys with loud tools that need refining. They were counting on coaching, development, and technology to push those player, and Leeper is showing early on that he did not need much of a push.