Six Cubs Land in Keith Law’s Ranking of the Top 100 Prospects

Keith Law’s week long look at the minor league system continued Wednesday morning with his list of the top 100 prospects in the game and to no surprise the Twins’ Byron Buxton topped his ranking.

Six of the top players in the Cubs’ system made it into his ranking of the top prospects in the game. Javier Baez (7), Kris Bryant (15), Jorge Soler (26), Albert Almora (28), C.J. Edwards (67) and Arismendy Alcantara (71).

Each player moved up in Law’s ranking from a year ago. Javier Baez jumped into the top 10, 24 spots ahead of last year. Jorge Soler moved up 16 spots from 42 and Albert Almora slid up five spots. C.J. Edwards was not ranked and Law mentioned Arismendy Alcantara as one of his sleepers a year ago.

While the prospect lists and rankings dominate baseball conversation this time of year, it is always good to read the different views of the Cubs’ system. No one knows how the players will perform, when or if, they make it to the big leagues. Players are ranked based on projections which what makes Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus’ player profiles must reads for those that follow the organization from the Majors all the way down to the Dominican and Venezuelan Summer Leagues.

The Cubs have several players that project as impact talent at the Major League level and others that project as everyday big leaguers. It is up to the Cubs’ front office to keep the players on track by hiring the right personnel that will guide the players’ development through the system. While the lists and rankings look good on paper and on the screen, it is only the beginning for many of these players and there is still a lot of work to do.

Here is how MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus ranked the players in the Cubs system with the rest of the top talent in the game.

Cubs Place Seven Payers on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects List
  • #7 – Javier Baez, SS
  • #9 – Kris Bryant, 3B
  • #18 – Albert Almora, OF
  • #42 – C.J. Edwards, RHP
  • #49 – Jorge Soler, OF
  • #89 – Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
  • #100 – Pierce Johnson, RHP

Report: Cubs Place Seven Payers on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects List

Seven Prospects Ranked on Baseball Prospectus Top 101 List
  • #4 – Javier Baez, SS
  • #17 – Kris Bryant, 3B
  • #25 – Albert Almora, OF
  • #45 – Jorge Soler, OF
  • #81 – C.J. Edwards, RHP
  • #83 – Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
  • #91 – Pierce Johnson, RHP

Report: Seven Prospects Ranked on Baseball Prospectus Top 101 List

Cubs 2014 Prospect Rankings

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  • mutantbeast

    Ive heard Law doesnt like Vogelbomb because his defense isnt very good. If thats the case, then why does he have the butcher from Minnesota, Sano, rated so highly? Im Betting Sano eventually will move off 3b because of defensive issues.

    • Bob

      Because a poor defensive 3rd basemen and a poor defensive 1st basemen are totally different… Sano can shift to the OF or 1st base. Vogelbach only has the DH left.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Doesn’t to care for his bat much either the way I read

  • Rational Logic

    Awfully quiet on the FO hating front…

    • texcubnut

      Don’t poke the bear :) :)

    • Eugene Debs

      Quiet in general.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Prospects we will see in a Cubs uniform this year……

    Baez
    Alcantara
    P Johnson
    Olt
    Ha
    Szczur
    Ramirez
    Vizcaino
    Beeler
    Hendricks