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Already one of the more electric arms in the lower levels of the minors, Jackson Ferris gained a bit more prospect helium after the Dodgers targeted him in the trade that sent Michael Busch to the Cubs. Ferris has an extremely projectable 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame, particularly for a southpaw. He sits in the mid-90s with his fastball, which has excellent movement characteristics, and already boasts a plus curveball and above-average slider. The Dodgers' main focus will likely be on helping him repeat his delivery and improve his command. He had a 32.5 percent strikeout rate and 13.9 percent walk rate in his pro debut at Single-A, where most hitters couldn't touch him (.177 AVG against). A lot can go wrong with young, lanky fireballers like Ferris, but he has the upside to finish the season as a top-10 pitching prospect in baseball.

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  • Dodgers' Jackson Ferris: Dealt to Dodgers

    Ferris was traded from the Cubs to the Dodgers along with Zyhir Hope on Thursday in exchange for Michael Busch and Yency Almonte, Juan Toribio of reports. This is a nice pickup for the Dodgers, as Almonte and Busch were spare parts and Ferris is a high-upside lefty whom they won't need to add to the 40-man roster for several seasons. Ferris, who turns 20 later this month, is 6-foot-4 and is extremely projectable. He had a 3.38 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 77 strikeouts and a 53.4 percent groundball rate in 56 innings (18 starts) at Single-A in 2023. The Dodgers should be able to maximize his electric arsenal, and his top priority in 2024 will be building up his workload while showing he can turn a lineup over more than once.
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  • Cubs' Jackson Ferris: Flashes of dominance at Single-A

    Ferris has a 3.29 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and a 35:15 K:BB in 27.1 innings across 10 starts for Single-A Myrtle Beach. His best outing of the year was his first pro start May 5 against Columbia, where he struck out a career-high seven batters over three no-hit innings. Ferris, an uber-projectable 6-foot-4 lefty, has yet to complete four innings in a start, but he has flashed a very high ceiling.
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