A Stocking Full of Cubs Prospects Videos

Merry Christmas from the CCO!

It is hard to believe it is Christmas time again and another year is almost in the books. The convention will soon be here and it will be time for pitchers and catchers to report before we know it … baseball is just around the corner.

But just in case you are looking for your daily ‘Cubs fix’ in between opening all of the presents the jolly old elf brought down your chimney and celebrating Christmas with family and friends, here are a few videos of Cubs prospects to have dancing through your head …

Several outlets have released their rankings of the top prospects in the Cubs organization this off-season. Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and Minor League Ball all think that Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler are the top three players in the Cubs’ system. All in all, the Cubs’ system took several steps forward in 2012 … but it still has quite a ways to go.

A majority of the talent in the organization is in the lower levels and the system as a whole is void of standout pitching prospects. There are intriguing arms such as Duane Underwood, Juan Carlos Paniagua, Dillon Maples and Pierce Johnson, just to name a few, but the upper levels are thin at best and the organization needs to see pitchers like Austin Kirk, Eric Jokisch, Alberto Cabrera, Arodys Vizcaino and Robert Whitenack take big steps forward in their development.

With all of the talk and discussion centered on the prospects in the Cubs’ system, let’s take a look at the players instead of just their stat sheet.

Top Prospects Video

Javier Baez

Javier Baez

Matt Szczur

Christian Villanueva

Ronald Torreyes

Albert Almora, Dan Vogelbach and Javier Baez

Arismendy Alcantara

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  • RickinMSP

    Merry Christmas and thank you Neil. Merry Cristmas to Tom and Bryan and thanks for the hard work you put into this site. Merry Christmas to all who post here or like me, mostly just come here to read. I also really need to thank the regulars on the site, too numerous to name, it’s your lively discussion/debate/friendly arguing that brings me back multiple times a day. Again Merry Christmas and thanks to all.

    • J Daniel

      Couldn’t say it any better!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thank you very much and Merry Christmas to you.

  • Tony_Hall

    Merry Christmas to all that enjoy keeping up on all things Cubs here at the CCO.

    • Dorasaga

      Can’t wait to beat you at April. Happy Holidays!

      • Tony_Hall

        Tough talk from the guy who finished 2nd, yet never had more points than me in the playoffs….match-ups are everything.

        • Dorasaga

          Awww, stop losing sore, my forebearer. Think what the Braves management must be thinking right now; Right now!

  • mutantbeast

    Seen Vogelbach in person several times when he was in AZ this past summer. Definitely an offensive talent, defensively hes a 1st baseman and that’s it. Cubs need to lobby for the DH, the kids bat is a keeper.

    • J Daniel

      They need to play him in left as you can get away with it in that position.

      • mutantbeast

        JD, Hed be worse than Adam Dumb  as an OF. Kid has legitimate batspeed, but has slow feet, even as a 1b hed have to work to be average. Vogelbach is just too heavy to be an effective OF. His best tool is his bat. His power looks quite legit, and to all fields. I can see him as a 35HR type if he gets 500-550 abs.

        • J Daniel

          He may be worse than Dunn but at this point that doesn’t matter. They must develop as many players as possible.

          I love Rizzo and obviously they do to. But what if Rizzo busts? Don’t think he will but? IMO they do not have enough players to trade off a player with the potential you suggest.

          Vogelbach is actually a very good athlete, just a bit heavy. Maybe he needs to lose a few pounds but guys with his size and athletic ability are very misleading such as Prince. Ideally Vogelbach would play first. For now they need to make him a left fielder, let him develop into the player you think he will be in a Cubs uniform, and then decide what to do with him later.

          That was my point in making him a left fielder. It is not exactly like they have a lot coming up. If there were someone else to, well move one of them. Right now there is nobody else.

  • Tom U

    Season’s Greetings to everyone at the CCO!

    • Dorasaga

      Tom, you and Neil deserve a break and a big feast. The Cubs look like having a bright future. So should ours.

  • Brp921

    Merry Christmas to all at the CCO! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Thanks to the staff of the CCO for your dedication to the Cubs and Cub fans to give us these interesting articles to read and discuss, even on Christmas day!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  • Cubs4ever

    Torreyes makes Tony Campana look like Mark McGwire. Not impressed with his swing either.

    • Cubs4ever

      On another note. Almora,Vogy, and Soler look very impressive!

      • J Daniel

        Almora and Soler should look much better for the draft position of albet and the bidding on Soler. Maybe a couple of star players?

      • paulcatanese

        Soler looks very good, agree that Torreyes does not. If the tape can show nothing but swings and misses and an occasional foul ball, he’s in trouble.
        One more thing on Baez,he swings as though he is trying to hit every pitch out of the park, I believe he will have to cut it down to suceed in the Major’s.
        Almora and Voglebach do look good.

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    ¡Feliz Navidad!

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