Josue Huma

Position: SS
Level: Rk
Affiliate: AZL Cubs
League: Arizona League
Born: 03/17/2000 (Age: 18)
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 175
B/T: Both / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent, 10/23/2016 (CHC)

Prospect Spotlight

Signed by the Cubs for $140K in 2016, Huma spent last summer in the DSL before making his stateside debut in the AZL this year. He’s an athletic 6-foot-1 and 175-pounds with broad shoulders and present strength. Huma’s best tools are on defense, where he plays an above-average shortstop already and could finish a 60-grade glove. He’s a natural defender with a feel to finish plays, light on his feet going both ways with soft hands and a quick transfer. His arm is above-average, and there’s ability to throw on the run and from different angles. The switch-hitting Huma requires much more projection at the plate, where he’s a contact hitter without much present power. He’s a much better hitting left-handed, showing better rhythm and a quicker bat through the zone.

Huma’s defensive ability at a premium position makes him a prospect, but considering his age, proximity, and remaining offensive projection, he should be filed into the “lottery ticket” bin for now. He will likely stay back in Extended Spring Training next year before reporting to a short-season affiliate. The glove will keep him around, but its how much Huma can develop with the bat will determine his future Major League ceiling.