At the end of last Sunday's post, I teased two of the more interesting names from the set, so today I present to you Rebel Ridling and Trey McNutt. But first, here's a quick look at previous entries in this series:
Part One - Ryan Flaherty and Brett Jackson
Part Two - DJ LeMahieu and Brooks Raley
Part Three - Chris Archer and Hak-Ju Lee
Rebel Ridling was drafted in the 25h round of the 2008 draft out of Oklahoma State University. That year he started in low Single-A with the Boise Hawks and finished the year and mid Single-A with the Peoria Chiefs. The next season was spent entirely with the Chiefs, as shown on the card above. He progressed to high Single-A Daytona for all of 2010 and even Double-A Tennessee Smokies for 2011. But after a disappointing 2012 split between Daytona and Tennessee, Ridling was released after the season.
Ridling played some left field but mostly first base. With Anthony Rizzo as the long term Cubs first baseman, I'm not sure how much room there was him had he played well anyway. I couldn't find any stats for him for 2013 so I don't think anyone picked him up.
The Cubs picked up Trey McNutt in the 32nd round of the 2009 draft out of Shelton State Community College. He didn't play for the Daytona Cubs until 2010 so it's a little weird that his 2010 card above shows him on the team. It should have been a Boise Hawks card (like Hak-Ju Lee) or from the Arizona Fall League (like LeMahieu and Jackson).
McNutt got a taste of Double-A Tennessee by the end of the 2010, but unfortunately he's been stuck there since. He's racked up a 16-20 record with a 4.52 ERA over his parts of 4 seasons there. He is part of the Cubs 40-man roster though so I'm curious to see if he gets a late season call up.