The Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

Last week posted Baseball America’s Top Ten Prospects List (from November 28th) for the Chicago Cubs. According to their website: Since 1981, Baseball America has been finding the prospects and tracking them from the bushes to the big leagues. That means you get comprehensive coverage every step of the way, from high school and colleges to the minors and the majors.

They are very well respected. And this is some of what they had to say about the Cubs Organization.

“On Oct. 14, 2003, the Cubs got within five outs of their first World Series appearance since World War II. Then Luis Castillo lofted a fly ball down the left-field line at Wrigley Field, fate intervened and Chicago hasn’t been the same since…..The Cubs consoled themselves with thoughts of a bright future built around a young pitching staff and a promising farm system.”

Top Ten Prospects

1) Felix Pie (OF)
2) Mark Pawelek (LHP)
3) Ronny Cedeno (SS)
4) Angel Guzman (RHP)
5) Rich Hill (LHP)
6) Sean Marshall (LHP)
7) Ricky Nolasco (RHP)
8) Ryan Harvey (OF)
9) Brian Dopirak (1B)
10) Eric Patterson (2B)

“That bright future hasn’t materialized, however, as Chicago has underachieved at both the major and minor league levels the last two years. The Cubs did post their first consecutive winning seasons since 1971-72 with 89 victories in 2004, but they blew the NL wild-card lead in the final week of the season. Expect to contend again in 2005, they finished with the 10th-best record in the NL at 79-83.”

Top Prospects of the Decade

1997- Kerry Wood
1998 – Kerry Wood
1999 – Corey Patterson
2000 – Corey Patterson
2001 – Corey Patterson
2002 – Mark Prior
2003 – Hee Seop Choi
2004 – Angel Guzman
2005 – Brian Dopirak.

“Chicago has had worse luck developing position players.”

The article goes on to mention the problems Corey Patterson has had and the only proven big leaguer that was signed by the Cubs was Eric Hinske. They mention Matt Murton and Ronny Cedeno could be in the line-up in 2006 and the best prospect in the system is Felix Pie. They said Pie could have made an impact had he not injured his ankle in June of 2005.

“It remains to be seen what the Cubs will get out of two former Dunedin (Fla.) High sluggers, first baseman Brian Dopirak and Ryan Harvey, Dopirak and Harvey ranked with Pie atop this list a year ago but both raised questions with their performances in 2005. Dopirak slumped to a .235 average and 16 homers in high Class A, while Harvey’s 100 RBIs in low Class A couldn’t erase worries about holes in his swing and approach.”

It will very interesting in Spring Training to see how many of the Cubs prospects could make a difference in 2006. The Cubs 40-man roster now includes the following prospects:

Pitchers: Angel Guzman, Rich Hill, John Koronka, Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol, Jae-kuk Ryu Catchers: Geovany Soto, Jose Reyes Infielders: Brian Dopirak, Scott Moore, Ryan Theriot Outfielders: Felix Pie

Hopefully the Cubs luck with prospects will change….pitchers and catchers report February 15th.

Quote of the Day

"Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points." – Knute Rockne