Baseball America’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects

Baseball America released their list of the top 10 prospects and the players in the system with the best tools. The full list of the Cubs top 30 prospects will be unveiled when BA’s Prospect Handbook hits the stands next month.

Chris Archer, Brett Jackson and Trey McNutt were named the top three prospects in a system that “one pro scout who covered the Cubs opined that they had more future big leaguers than any other organization.”

Jim Callis pointed out in his online report that “life was better down on the farm than it was at Wrigley Field” last season. Iowa and Tennessee had the “best regular-season records in their leagues, and both Class A affiliates had winnings marks, with legitimate talent driving all of those victories.”

Baseball America’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2011
1. Chris Archer, RHP (15)
2. Brett Jackson, OF (2)
3. Trey McNutt, RHP (16)
4. Hak-Ju Lee, SS (6)
5. Josh Vitters, 3B (3)
6. Chris Carpenter, RHP (8)
7. Matt Szczur, OF(NR)
8. Hayden Simpson, RHP (NR)
9. Rafael Dolis, RHP (13)
10. Brandon Guyer, OF (NR)
(2010 BA Ranking in Parenthesis)

Best Tools in the Cubs System
D.J. LeMahieu – Best Hitter for Average
Brett Jackson – Best Power Hitter
Matt Cerda – Best Strike-Zone Discipline
Matt Szczur – Fastest Baserunner
Matt Szczur – Best Athlete
Chris Archer – Best Fastball
Trey McNutt – Best Curveball
Chris Archer – Best Slider
Chris Rusin – Best Changeup
Chris Rusin – Best Control
Robinson Chirinos – Best Defensive Catcher
Darwin Barney – Best Defensive Infielder
Junior Lake – Best Infield Arm
Brandon Guyer – Best Defensive Outfielder
Kyler Burke – Best Outfield Arm

Jim Callis brought up the successful debuts Starlin Castro, Andrew Cashner, Tyler Colvin, Casey Coleman and Scott Maine put together last season. And Callis mentioned Castro “became just the third shortstop age 20 or younger to hit .300 while qualifying for the batting title.” Castro joined a short list that includes Hall of Famer Arky Vaughn and Alex Rodriguez.

Here is a look back at three other Cubs’ prospect list … Baseball Prospectus, Minor League Ball and the CCO.

Baseball Prospectus Top 20 Cubs Prospects
Four-Star Prospects
1. Brett Jackson, OF
2. Trey McNutt, RHP
3. Chris Archer, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
4. Josh Vitters, 3B
5. Hak-Ju Lee, SS
6. Chris Carpenter, RHP
7. Hayden Simpson, RHP
8. Reggie Golden, OF
9. Jay Jackson, RHP
10. Robinson Lopez, RHP
11. Brandon Guyer, OF

Nine More

12. Robinson Chirinos, C
13. Marquez Smith, 3B
14. Welington Castillo, C
15. Rafael Dolis, RHP
16. Ben Wells, RHP
17. Brett Wallach, RHP
18. Darwin Barney, IF
19. Austin Reed, RHP
20. Alberto Cabrera, RHP
The Sleeper – Tony Thomas, 2B

Link to full report on Baseball Prospectus Top 20 Cubs Prospects

Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects
1. Brett Jackson, OF – B+
2. Trey McNutt, RHP – B+
3. Chris Archer, RHP – B+
4. Hak-Ju Lee, SS – B
5. Chris Carpenter, RHP – B
6. Jay Jackson, RHP – B
7. Hayden Simpson, RHP – B
8. Brandon Guyer, OF – B-
9. Reggie Golden, OF – B-
10. Josh Vitters, 3B – C+
11. Robinson Lopez, RHP – C+
12. Austin Reed, RHP – C+
13. Alberto Cabrera, RHP – C+
14. Marquez Smith, 3B/2B – C+
15. Robinson Chirinos, C – C+
16. D.J. LeMahieu, INF – C+
17. Rafael Dolis, RHP – C+
18. Brett Wallach, RHP – C+
19. Brooks Raley, LHP – C+
20. Su-Min Jung, RHP – C+
21. Austin Kirk, LHP – C+
22. Jin-Yeong Kim, RHP – C+

Link to full report on Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects

The CCO’s Top 15 Cubs Prospects
1. Brett Jackson, OF
2. Chris Archer, RHP
3. Hak-Ju Lee, SS
4. Trey McNutt, RHP
5. Brandon Guyer, OF
6. Jay Jackson, RHP
7. Josh Vitters, 3B/1B
8. D.J. LeMahieu, IF
9. Chris Carpenter, RHP
10. Jae-Hoon Ha, OF
11. Reggie Golden, OF
12. Ryan Flaherty, IF/OF
13. Rafael Dolis, RHP
14. Justin Bour, 1B
15. Junior Lake, SS

Link to full report on the CCO’s Top 15 Cubs Prospects

The future is looking bright …

Coming Soon: A Look Back at Baseball America’s Top Cubs Prospects

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  • bpot92

    this is very good. I love these reports and can’t wait to see what they can do… WHEN THEY ARE READY! Do not push them or they will be another corey patterson/felix pie.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Tony Hall,

    Yes, all MLB were prospects at one time or another. However, the percentage of those “prospects” who become full time MLB players is quite small. It is a very, very difficult thing to become a full time, 500+ AB MLB position player. Most players are like Fontenot: part time players.

    SO–I am saying that ” a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” That is, that a proven ML player is better than two prospects. Or like Keeeeeeennny Williams say, “Prospects are just suspects until they prove they can do it at the ML level.” And as I argued on another thread recently, MLB history proves it.

    • sadowski

      Thats just what Ken Williams as a player, big time suspect who didnt play the game very well, lack of instincts!

  • Kev

    i wish there was a first baseman in the top ten

  • Ripsnorter1

    This kid Archer looks very promising.

    • John_CC

      Sure does. If he can get that BB rate under control he could make it. I might have been on of the only Cub fans that thought trading DeRosa was one of Hendry’s better moves. He sold high on a career year for maybe the first time in his life!

    • Tony

      But he is just a prospect, pair him with McNutt and get Garza, throw in Jackson too, his chances are small to make it, since he is still a suspect.

      If this was a year where the team had the ability to be competitive, I would say make a deal, but since the IF’s are high for what needs to happen, to be competitive, I say let the prospects play out in our system.

  • Vivid_Reality

    Respect to BA for putting Matt Szczur in the top ten. Seven might be a bit high, more of a 9/10 imo, but he wasn’t even on anyone else’s radar. He is someone I will be keeping a close eye on as well as Robinson Lopez, Marwin Gonzalez, DJ LeMahieu, and Dolis.

  • Agustin_Rexach

    Chris Rusin! Wow that is a New name to me, hope he makes it.
    I really feel the Cubs should not give away more than 2 prospects of the 3 star bunch for Garza. Id give then vitters straight up. No more.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Josh Vitters does not make my top ten until he shows he deserves it.
    There was a report early in the offseason that he was going to be at Camp Colvin. He isn’t there! Little Tony Campana a Player with Heart who’s best chance to make it is as a 4th of 5th outfielder he is there and he didn’t get a big signing bonus like Vitters 3.2 million.

  • Patrick_Schaefer
    From an Article on FanGraphs-
    Name: Robinson Chirinos, 26, C
    Organization: Chicago (NL) Level: Double-A
    Actual: 318 PA, .314/.409/.576 (.308 BABIP), .424 wOBA
    zMLE: 318 PA, .271/.347/.451 (.289 BABIP), .353 wOBA
    • Yes, yes, yes: he was old for his level this year.
    • But also, please consider: he converted to catcher from infield in mid-2008.
    • Walked 42 times, struck out only 35 this season.
    • CHONE has him as a .261/.341/.427 true-talent hitter. (Major League)
    • Please, people, give both peace and Robinson Chirinos a chance.

  • Tom U

    It’s nice to see some good publicity for the players and the organiziation. I think that they are just scratching the surface, but that’s for other articles later…

  • OttawaBob