Baseball America’s Updated Top 10 Cubs Prospect List

Baseball America updated their top 10 prospects lists for all 30 big league teams. With all of the movement throughout baseball this winter, BA’s lists were already dated by the time they shipped their 2012 Prospect Handbook.

The top 10 prospects in the Cubs’ system shifted just slightly with the addition of Anthony Rizzo. Brett Jackson is still tops in the system with Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo rounding out the top three.

Baseball America’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2012
(Original list published on November 14, 2011; 2011 Ranking in Parenthesis)

1. Brett Jackson, OF (1)
2. Javier Baez, SS (NA)
3. Matt Szczur, OF (7)
4. Trey McNutt, RHP (3)
5. Dillon Maples, RHP (NA)
6. Welington Castillo, C (17)
7. Rafael Dolis, RHP (9)
8. Junior Lake, SS (27)
9. Josh Vitters, 3B/1B (5)
10. Dan Vogelbach, 1B (NA)

Baseball America’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2012
(Updated January 31, 2012; 2011 Ranking in Parenthesis)

1. Brett Jackson, OF (1)
2. Javier Baez, SS (NA)
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (NA)
4. Matt Szczur, OF (7)
5. Trey McNutt, RHP (3)
6. Dillon Maples, RHP (NA)
7. Welington Castillo, C (17)
8. Rafael Dolis, RHP (9)
9. Junior Lake, SS (27)
10. Josh Vitters, 3B/1B (5)

The addition of Anthony Rizzo bumped Dan Vogelbach out of the top 10 and slid everyone else down a spot.

Baseball America expanded their scouting reports in the 2012 Prospect Handbook to include a grading scale and risk factor. Click here for the full list, including grades and risk factors, for each of the top 31 prospects in the Cubs’ system.

Baseball America’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2012

The CCO’s off-season look at the top prospects in the Cubs’ system will continue soon with our own list of the top minor league players in the Cubs’ organization.

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  • cubs1967

    having baez and maples rates is stupid. until you play a game of professional baseball; they cannot be rated.  they should be listed as part of an addendum at the end of the list as best drafted prospects….look at vitters who is barely in the top 10……….5 yrs after being the #3 pick overall.

    • gary3411

      Maybe so, but ask yourself this, if you were running a team, would you trade javier baez for rafael dolis? Obviously you would not, therefore you and everyone else considers javier baez the better prospect. Just because they havn’t played a professional game (which he has actually), does not make them a lesser prospect. Scouts have been scouting these guys for years and BA trusts that javier baez must have some amazing tools to be picked so high and therefore use that fact as their starting point for a prospect ranking because they havn’t seen them play professionally yet.

      That is your opinion that you would rather not see them in this list, but the reality is, they ARE the better prospects than the older guys like vitters, dolis, etc. and every team would take those young high draft picks over these guys who have struggled to make it so far.

      • PleaseStopLosing

        True that Gary. Everyone complains about Baez being ranked so high but that same group would go nuts if he were traded for some guy that has floated around the minors for 5 years without sniffing the big leagues.

    • Tony_Hall

      Not to be too picky, but Vitters was in the 2007 draft, only 4 years after coming out of high school.  

      Still only 22 years old.

      If he went to college and stayed he would have just been drafted and would be at the top of the prospect lists.  

      And I completely agree on players who haven’t played any professional baseball being on these lists.  

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    I’ve been reading that Junior Lake will most likely move to third. Jackson and Rizzo get alot of press and rightfully so, but I think Lake could emerge as a sleeping giant.

    I’m not sure if I’ve seen Vitters listed as a 1B anywhere else other than BA. He spent some time at first and the OF in the AZ Fall League, right?

    Maples and McNutt seem to flip flop in the rankings in many of these lists.

    Who do you guys ‘trust’ more when it comes to the rankings?

    • Tony_Hall

      Actually Lake is also talked about in RF.  He has a cannon for an arm and moves around well, just doesn’t look to have footwork for the infield, but his bat will bring him up fast.

      Vitters has also been talked about moving to 1B, and one forecast for the Cubs 2015 lineup had him in LF.  This is a big year if he is going to stay at 3B.

      Treat all the rankings list as just for fun and they all seem good.  But the only list I trust for the Cubs is the CCO’s own top prospect list that will be out soon.

    • daverj

      Personally, I like John Sickels’ rankings over BA and BP.

    • Tom U

      Josh Vitters played 32 games at first for Tennessee in 2011.