Seven Cubs Prospects Ranked on Baseball Prospectus Top 101 List

The top young players in the Cubs’ system received more publicity Monday when Baseball Prospectus released its list of the Top 101 Prospects in the game. Less than a week after placing seven players on MLB.com’s ranking of the 100 best minor leaguers, the Cubs’ system ended up with seven players on BP’s list.

Javier Baez (4), Kris Bryant (17), Albert Almora (25), Jorge Soler (45), C.J. Edwards (81), Arismendy Alcantara (83) and Pierce Johnson (91) are among the top 101 prospects in baseball according to Baseball Prospectus. The Cubs system is the second best in the game according to BP, behind first place Minnesota and one ahead of the Pirates.

Jason Parks questioned his ranking of Javier Baez as the fourth best prospect in the game recently and said a case could be made for him to be the best young player in baseball. Parks said Baez’s ceiling is a 40 homer shortstop and while he is not sure if that is likely, it is possible.

Javier Baez jumped into the top five after coming in at no. 20 a year ago. Albert Almora slipped seven spots from the 2013 rankings. And Jorge Soler dropped from 36 last year to 45 in this year’s pre-season rankings. C.J. Edwards, Arismendy Alcantara and Pierce Johnson cracked BP’s ranking for the first time.

As for a position-by-position breakdown, Kris Bryant falls in behind Miguel Sano (Twins) as the second best third base prospect and Arismendy Alcantara ended up as the sixth best second base prospect. Javier Baez was ranked behind Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox) on the shortstops list. On the long list of outfielders, Albert Almora is seventh and Jorge Soler is eighth.

Cubs 2014 Prospect Rankings

Baseball Prospectus’ player grades are very interesting and well worth the read. If you missed the grades that BP handed out to Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant and the top 10 prospects in the system click here.

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  • Roe Skidmore

    Like seeing 7 prospects in Top 100. I am hoping one or two young guys like Rusin(young Jamie Moyer?), Cabrera, Kyle Hendricks, Pierce Johnson can make a jump this year and join rotation. Then we don’t have to spend on a free agent pitcher. Time for the young guys to trickle up and start finding out what we actually have in the system, one way or another. Feel te same about everyday players as well.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      All those pitchers you mention, will be at Wrigley this year……..I have Johnson as my “surprise” pitcher.

  • Tony_Hall

    Another day, another list.

    Keith Law is doing his lists this week. Today, he ranked the farm systems. It is an insider, so subscription is required.

    As expected, Cubs are in the Top 5 of any of these lists.

    1. Houston
    2. Minnesota
    3. Pittsburgh
    4. Chicago
    5. Boston

    12. St. Louis
    16. Cincinnati
    27. White Sox
    30. Milwaukee

    He says the Brewers do not have a player who projects as an above-average player in the majors. That is what they use to say about the Cubs.

    Obviously, he says the Cubs are loaded with bats, that their top four, that with them joining what is already on the team, they could have one of the best NL offenses in a few years.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10354393/houston-astros-top-farm-system-rankings-mlb/refresh/true

  • SuzyS

    The lists are nice…it’s a start…but very soon I’d like to see the lists begin to translate into better teams.
    The true test of Rickett’s investment in the scouting and player development areas is if we can develop a great team…AND maintain a top farm system at the same time.

    • Tony_Hall

      Keith Law said this in his article.

      “Scouting and player development are still the best way to build a competitive major league team, and while some extra money in scouting helps, success in either area is far more a function of the people you employ than the money you throw at the players. Good organizations hire and retain good people, enact strong processes and then execute them — even when fans or writers don’t see the big picture.”

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Some point this year, Candelario will break into that top 100 list

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