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.
- Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2013
- Baseball Prospectus’ Top Cubs Prospects for 2013
- FanGraphs Top 15 Cubs Prospects for 2013
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
Albert Almora, Dan Vogelbach and Javier Baez