The week-long look at the Cubs’ system continues with Keith Law’s list of the top 10 prospects in the Cubs’ organization. Keith Law is very high on the Cubs’ system and recently placed five players from the system in his ranking of the top 110 prospects in the game.
Javier Baez (31), Albert Almora (33), Jorge Soler (42) and Arodys Vizcanio (64) made Law’s list of the top 100 while Jeimer Candelario (106) just missed the cut.
Keith Law thinks the Cubs’ system is another good trade deadline and one more draft class away from the work being done throughout the organization being felt at the Major League level. Law pointed out that what he likes most about the Cubs’ system is “a good two years away.” Overall, Law’s ranking of the top players in the Cubs’ system is very interesting. For what is supposed to be an organization lacking pitching, half of the players in Law’s top 10 are pitchers that have been acquired over the last year.
Keith Law’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2013
- Javier Baez, SS
- Albert Almora, CF
- Jorge Soler, RF
- Arodys Vizcaino, RHP
- Jeimer Candelario, 3B
- Duane Underwood, RHP
- Juan Carlos Paniagua, RHP
- Pierce Johnson, RHP
- Paul Blackburn, RHP
- Arismendy Alcantara, SS
Keith Law left Dan Vogelbach out of his top 10 and felt he should explain why he did not make the list. Law has liked what he has seen from Vogelbach offensively. Law graded his raw-power as an 80 and said he has a “pretty good idea at the plate.” Law went onto explain that unless the Cubs move to the American League that he does not see where Vogelbach fits long term because “he’s a brutal athlete with no position.”
Law does not see any players in the system making an impact on the big league club in 2013, although Arodys Vizcaino could see a little time with the Cubs. Junior Lake could also make his big league debut in 2013 according to Law.
Three sleepers in the system to keep an eye on in 2013 according to Keith Law are Juan Carlos Paniagua, Duane Underwood and Arismendy Alcantara.
Cubs Prospect Rankings for 2013
- MLB.com’s Top 21 Cubs Prospects for 2013
- Baseball America’s Top 31 Cubs Prospects for 2013
- Baseball America’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2013 with Scouting Reports
- Baseball Prospectus’ Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2013
- FanGraphs’ Top 15 Cubs Prospects for 2013
- Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2013