Another Look at the Cubs’ Top Prospects of 2009

Scout.com released their annual list of the Cubs’ top prospects on Monday. The first of a two-part feature focused on the players they feel are the top 10 in the Cubs system. Scout.com is the third publication to release a list of the Cubs top prospects for 2009….Baseball America is scheduled to release their look at the Cubs’ Farm System on January 12th.

To no surprise Josh Vitters is the Cubs’ Top Prospect according to Scout.com with Jeff Samardzija second and Jay Jackson listed as the fifth best in the Cubs system….

Scout.com Top 10 Cubs’ Prospects:

  1. Josh Vitters
  2. Jeff Samardzija
  3. Andrew Cashner
  4. Welington Castillo
  5. Jay Jackson
  6. Ryan Flaherty
  7. Mitch Atkins
  8. Tyler Colvin
  9. Kevin Hart
  10. Micah Hoffpauir

Scout.com’s report is by subscription only, so not much detail can be given. Scout.com, like John Sickels from Minor League Ball.com was very complimentary of Jay Jackson. Sickels feels Jay Jackson “is going to surprise a lot of people.

The first list without Donald Veal in two years featured two pitchers picked in the last two drafts with promising futures in Jackson and Andrew Cashner. Scout.com will release the remainder of their Cubs’ Top 20 list in the coming days.

Baseball Prospectus Top 11 Cubs’ Prospects (November 12th):

Five-Star Prospects
1. Josh Vitters
Four-Star Prospects
2. Jeff Samardzija
3. Jose Ceda (traded to the Marlins on November 13th for Kevin Gregg)
Three-Star Prospects
4. Hak-Ju LeeScouting Report on Hak-Ju Lee
5. Andrew Cashner
6. Tyler Colvin
7. Dae-Eun Rhee
8. Ryan Flaherty
Two-Star Prospects
9. Welington Castillo
10. Donald Veal
Note: Donald Veal was lost in the Rule 5 Draft to the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 11th
11. Micah Hoffpauir

Report from Baseball Prospectus

Minor League Ball’s Top 20 Cubs’ Prospects:

1. Josh Vitters – Grade B+
2. Jeff Samardzija - Grade B
3. Ryan Flaherty – Grade B
4. Andrew Cashner – Grade B-
5. Hak-Ju Lee – Grade B-
6. Jay Jackson – Grade B-
7. Tyler Colvin – Grade C+
8. Welington Castillo – Grade C+
9. Dae-Eun Rhee – Grade C+
10. Aaron Shafer - Grade C+
11. Starlin Castro – Grade C+
12. Junior Lake – Grade C+
13. Dan McDaniel – Grade C+
14. Micah Hoffpauir – Grade C
15. Esmailin Caridad – Grade C
16. Donald Veal – Grade C
Note: Donald Veal was lost in the Rule 5 Draft to the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 11th
17. Josh Kroeger – Grade C
18. Tony Thomas – Grade C
19. Chris Carpenter – Grade C
20. Mitch Atkins – Grade C

Honorable Mention by MinorLeagueBall.com

  • Darwin Barney
  • Justin Bristow
  • Mathew Cerda
  • Hung-Wen Chen
  • Dumas Garcia
  • Brandon Guyer
  • Josh Harrison
  • Dylan Johnston
  • Casey Lambert
  • Alex Maestri
  • Jovan Rosa
  • Drew Rundle
  • Marquez Smith
  • Logan Watkins
  • Ty Wright

John Sickels added the players in the honorable mention list could be ranked “anywhere from 14-20 depending on what you are looking for.

Full Report on the Cubs’ Farm System from John Sickels

Last week the Cubs made several changes to their minor league system. The most notable was the promotion of Ryne Sandberg….and Jody Davis shifting from the manager of the Daytona Cubs to the Cubs’ Minor League catching coordinator.

A minor league system that has been described as weak by many of the experts needs a successful year in 2009 with players such as Tyler Colvin and Rocky Roquet, just to name a couple, to take their game to the next level.

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