Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2010

John Sickels released his list of the top prospects in the Cubs’ organization on Tuesday. Sickels provides grades for each of the prospects he ranks … and his annual Baseball Prospect Book is a must read to help keep track of the better prospects in the game.

Sickels made some positive points about the Cubs’ system, which showed a lot of improvement in 2009. While a majority of the talent remains in the lower levels there appears to be better days ahead for an organization that has struggled mightily with developing talent … especially position players.

Baseball America recently ranked the Cubs’ system in the middle of the pack. After finishing near the bottom prior to the 2009 season being average is an improvement.

Here’s another look at the Cubs’ farm system …

John Sickels thinks the Cubs system has “more depth than is commonly recognized.” Sickels pointed out the Cubs’ talent up the middle especially Starlin Castro.

John Sickels mentioned the fact Starlin Castro could be a “good major league regular” and might “end up as a star.” Sickels added Castro has been overhyped to a certain extent but has the potential to be a good big league player.

The sleeper in the Cubs’ system is Kyler Burke according to Sickels.

Minor League Ball’s Top 20 Cubs Prospects
(Grades are preliminary and subject to change)

  1. Starlin Castro – SS (B+)
  2. Josh Vitters – 3B (B+)
  3. Brett Jackson – OF (B)
  4. Jay Jackson – RHP (B)
  5. Andrew Cashner – RHP (B)
  6. Hak-Ju Lee – SS (B)
  7. Chris Carpenter – RHP (B-)
  8. Kyler Burke – OF (B-)
  9. Ryan Flaherty – INF (B-)
  10. D.J. LaMahieu – INF (C+)
  11. Brooks Raley – LHP (C+)
  12. Logan Watkins – 2B (C+)
  13. Esmailin Caridad – RHP (C+)
  14. Blake Parker – RHP (C+)
  15. John Gaub – LHP (C+)
  16. Matt Spencer – OF-1B (C+)
  17. Dae-Eun Rhee – RHP (C+)
  18. Casey Coleman – RHP (C+)
  19. Tyler Colvin – OF (C)
  20. Jeff Beliveau – LHP (C)

Honorable Mentions – Each with a C Grade

  • James Adduci – OF
  • Jeff Antigua – LHP
  • Chris Archer – RHP
  • Darwin Barney – SS
  • Justin Bristow – RHP
  • David Cales – RHP
  • Welington Castillo – C
  • Rafael Dolis – RHP
  • Brandon Guyer – OF
  • Chris Huseby – RHP
  • Austin Kirk – LHP
  • Junior Lake – SS
  • Trey McNutt – RHP
  • Mike Parisi – RHP
  • Chris Rusin – LHP
  • James Russell – LHP
  • Ryan Searle – RHP
  • Tony Thomas – 2B

David Cales received a MiLBY as the Class A Advanced Reliever of the Year after an impressive 2009 season. Cales was 6-0 in three different levels last season with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 54 games with 16 saves (24 walks, 62 hits allowed and 66 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings).

Click here to read John Sickels full report on the Cubs’ farm system.

For comparison, here are Baseball America and Fangraphs lists of the top prospects in the Cubs system:

Fangraphs Top 10 Cubs Prospects of 2010

  1. Andrew Cashner – RHP
  2. Starlin Castro – SS
  3. Josh Vitters – 3B
  4. Hak-Ju Lee – SS
  5. Jay Jackson – RHP
  6. Chris Carpenter – RHP
  7. Ryan Flaherty – INF
  8. Dae-Eun Rhee – RHP
  9. Logan Watkins – 2B
  10. John Gaub – LHP

Click here for the full Fangraphs article on the Cubs Top Prospects … with reports on each of the players.

Baseball America’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects of 2010

  1. Starlin Castro – SS
  2. Brett Jackson – OF
  3. Josh Vitters – 3B
  4. Andrew Cashner – RHP
  5. Jay Jackson – RHP
  6. Hak-Ju Lee – SS
  7. Logan Watkins – 2B
  8. Chris Carpenter – RHP
  9. Ryan Flaherty – IF
  10. D.J. LeMahieu – SS-2B

Click here for more from Baseball America on the Cubs’ top prospects.

Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook should hit the shelves in the next four to six weeks. This year is the tenth anniversary of the first Prospect Handbook … the first edition featured a photo of Corey Patterson on the cover.

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