A Look at the Cubs Top Prospects

With all of the recent discussions on the site focused on the Cubs’ farm system, the CCO was asked to rundown the top prospects in the Cubs’ organization. The CCO has been participating in a Cubs Prospect Poll this season. The fine folks over at Bleacher Nation have compiled lists from some of the favorite Cubs Blogs across the net and their work has been included for a point of reference …

Top 15 from Bleacher Nation’s Cubs’ Prospect Poll

  1. Josh Vitters
  2. Jeff Samardzija
  3. Andrew Cashner
  4. Jay Jackson
  5. Ryan Flaherty
  6. Tony Thomas
  7. Hak-Ju Lee
  8. Starlin Castro
  9. Tyler Colvin
  10. Jake Fox
  11. Casey Coleman
  12. Steve Clevenger
  13. Kevin Hart
  14. Jose Ascanio
  15. Darwin Barney

CCO Cubs Prospect List
(in no particular order)

  • Josh Vitters – (3B – Daytona) – .301/.334/.503/15 HR/13 2B between Peoria and Daytona
  • Brett Jackson – (OF – Boise) – .350/.449/.525/1 HR/3 3B between Mesa and Boise (11 games)
  • Andrew Cashner – (SP – Tennessee) – 0-1 in 14 starts between Daytona and Tennessee with a 1.39 ERA – 37 hits, 41 strikeouts and 18 walks in 51 2/3 innings
  • Jay Jackson – (SP – Tennessee) – 4-4 in 14 starts with a 3.36 ERA – 63 hits, 68 strikeouts and 31 walks in 75 innings
  • Ryan Flaherty – (SS – Peoria) – .248/.313/.439/11 HR/14 2B/3 3B
  • Tony Thomas – (2B – Tennessee) – .259/.335/.405/8 HR/18 2B/1 3B
  • Hak-Ju Lee – (SS – Boise) – .278/.367/.367/0 HR/7 2B in 21 games
  • Starlin Castro – (SS – Daytona) – .298/.328/.394/3 HR/12 2B/3 3B
  • Tyler Colvin – (RF – Tennessee) – .255/.313/.423/8 HR/10 2B/3 3B between Daytona and Tennessee
  • Darwin Barney – (SS – Iowa) – .295/.345/.369/3 HR/13 2B between Tennessee and Iowa
  • Casey Coleman – (SP – Tennessee) – 9-4 in 17 starts with a 2.93 ERA – 92 hits, 53 strikeouts and 34 walks in 98 1/3 innings
  • Steve Clevenger – (C – Iowa) – .308/.361/.412/1 HR/11 2B/4 3B between Tennessee and Iowa
  • John Gaub – (RP – Iowa) – 3-2 in 29 relief appearances between Tennessee and Iowa with a 2.87 ERA – 19 hits, 40 strikeouts and 20 walks in 31 1/3 innings
  • Brandon Guyer – (RF – Daytona) – .244/.291/.347/1 HR/17 2B/4 3B between Tennessee and Dayton
  • Jeff Stevens – (RP – Iowa/Chicago) – 0-3 in 31 relief appearances between Iowa and Chicago with a 2.18 ERA – 25 hits, 43 strikeouts and 20 walks in 42 1/3 innings
  • Chris Archer – (SP – Peoria) – 3-3 in 17 starts with a 2.30 ERA – 44 hits, 82 strikeouts and 43 walks in 66 2/3 innings
  • Josh Harrison – (3B -Daytona) – .332/.375/.481/5 HR/18 2B/7 3B between Peoria and Daytona
  • Chris Carpenter – (SP – Daytona) – 5-4 in 18 starts between Peoria and Tennessee with a 2.41 ERA – 66 hits, 81 strikeouts and 38 walks in 89 2/3 innings
  • Robinson Chirinos – (C – Daytona) – .313/.389/.588/10 HR/10 2B
  • Rebel Ridling (1B – Peoria) – .266/.316/.407/8 HR/22 2B

Josh Vitters is by far the Cubs’ top prospect. He participated in XM Radio’s Futures Game and has put together a very good year. Starlin Castro continues to make waves. He also played in the Futures Game and is turning a lot of heads this season.

The CCO omitted Jake Fox due to several factors. With the time Fox has spent at the big league level, coupled with his age, removes his prospect status. Jeff Samardzija, Jose Ascanio and Kevin Hart are still considered among the Cubs’ top prospects as well. The CCO focused on the players that have seen either little time or no time at the big league level.

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