The Chicago Cubs 14th round draft pick in 2011 is ready to have his breakout season. The 26-year-old from West End, North Carolina made his debut in 2017 and already has twenty strikeouts in just over ten innings pitched. His slider is what makes him stand out as it is one of the nastiest sliders in MLB. Below is a quick clip to watch from July 27, 2018, where Maples shows off that slider against the National League champions, Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dillon Maples slider 6/27/18 https://t.co/9o5YVPcqw1
— Next Stretch Sports (@NxtStretchSport) March 13, 2019
As you can see from the video, the slider could compete as best in the league. His problem is his lack of control as he has also walked eleven batters in his ten innings in the majors and has allowed four runs off two home runs. Maples has floated around the Cubs’ minor league for multiple years but is ready to make that last step in control and help the Chicago Cubs win games. In his seven seasons in the minors, he has 335 strikeouts, 192 walks with a 4.30 ERA. It would be interesting to see him take the next step as the Cubs could certainly use his versatility as he has almost as many starts as he does games saved in the minors.
2019 is hoping to be the season he takes the next step as he showed possible signs of it in 2018, but not the consistency a major league pitcher must have. Maples was the only Cubs’ minor leaguer to reach 100 MPH on a pitch over last season. With the movement and velocity mix, it is only a matter of time until Maples joins the major league roster ready to make an impact. Expect 2019 to be the breakout season for him where his slider will be going viral when he makes one of the league’s best hitters look foolish.
Dillon Maples, Sliders to Alex Wood.
After seeing the first one, a ball…
Wood:: "I can't hit that." 😂 [He was right.] pic.twitter.com/nG7el5PlV6
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 28, 2018