Keith Law Ranks Cubs’ System Fifth Best in Baseball

ESPN’s Keith Law began his week long look at the prospects in the game by releasing his ranking of the farm systems on Monday … and the Cubs came in at number five on his list.

The Cubs system took positive steps forward over the past year and Law likes the additions that were made through the draft and international signings. Law pointed to the arms the Cubs have added, such as Juan Carlos Paniagua, as well as the pitchers that were selected in last June’s draft and the depth the Cubs added in outfield prospects as the reason for the improved ranking.

The Cubs jumped up 15 spots in Keith Law’s system rankings from a year ago. Last year, Law thought the Cubs had “an unfairly maligned system”, one that was not great but not as bad as some thought at the time.

The work that has been done throughout the organization has been recognized by the improved rankings they received from Keith Law, Baseball America and John Sickels. Baseball America ranked the Cubs as having the 13th best system in the game in their Prospect Handbook, while Sickels ranked the Cubs organization as the tenth best in the game. While it is nice seeing Keith Law rank the Cubs fifth, realistically, the system is probably somewhere between where Baseball America and Minor League Ball listed it.

Keith Law pointed out “the Cubs’ rebuilding process isn’t much further along that the Twins’ or the Astros’ in terms of time, but they spent extravagantly in the international market before the new CBA’s restrictions went into effect last summer.”

Law liked the addition of Jorge Soler and chose to not talk about the signing of Gerardo Concepcion. Law said the Cubs “scored big” in last year’s draft when they addressed the lack of starting pitching candidates.

Keith Law’s Ranking of the Farm Systems

Keith Law was surprised at “how few farm systems there were this year that had both impact and depth.” To no surprise, the St. Louis Cardinals topped Law’s list followed by the Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros. The Padres, who were Law’s top system a year ago, checked in right behind the Cubs at number six.

  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Minnesota Twins
  3. Tampa Bay Rays
  4. Houston Astros
  5. Chicago Cubs
  6. San Diego Padres
  7. Pittsburgh Pirates
  8. Seattle Mariners
  9. Texas Rangers
  10. New York Yankees
  11. Kansas City Royals
  12. Cincinnati Reds
  13. Baltimore Orioles
  14. New York Mets
  15. Arizona Diamondbacks
  16. Miami Marlins
  17. Boston Red Sox
  18. Los Angeles Dodgers
  19. Cleveland Indians
  20. Atlanta Braves
  21. Washington Nationals
  22. Oakland Athletics
  23. Colorado Rockies
  24. Toronto Blue Jays
  25. Detroit Tigers
  26. San Francisco Giants
  27. Philadelphia Phillies
  28. Chicago White Sox
  29. Milwaukee Brewers
  30. Los Angeles Angels

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