FanGraphs Top 100 and More Ink for the Cubs Prospects

FanGraphs posted its ranking of the top 100 prospects in the game this past week and has been the case with most publications, the Cubs are heavily represented.

PrintThe top two prospects in the Cubs system, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, made it into FanGraphs top 10. Baez was ranked No. 4 behind Byron Buxton (Twins), Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox) and Oscar Taveras (Cardinals). Archie Bradley (Diamondbacks) followed Baez and Bryant slipped in behind the top pitching prospect in the game at No. 6.

Seven Cubs ended up in FanGraphs list of the top 100 prospectsJavier Baez (4), Kris Bryant (6), Albert Almora (21), Jorge Soler (49), Arismendy Alcantara (52), Pierce Johnson (77) and C.J. Edwards (78).

FanGraphs’ list included the same names as Baseball Prospectus and Keith Law, just slotted differently.

Baseball Prospectus had Baez (4), Bryant (17), Almora (25), Soler (45), Edwards (81), Alcantara (83) and Johnson (91) in its top 101 while Law included six Cubs in his top 100 list … Baez (7), Bryant (15), Soler (26), Almora (28), Edwards (67) and Alcantara (71). And over at Baseball America, the likes of Baez, Bryant, Almora, Edwards and Soler dominated the editors’ top 50 lists.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo debated which team has the best trio of prospects. Jim Callis took the Twins’ trifecta of Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Alex Meyer due to the best prospect in the game residing in the Twins’ system. Jonathan Mayo likes the Cubs’ trio of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora a little more than Callis. Mayo posted the results of the Prospects Points system that had the Twins one point ahead of the Cubs trio and 12 points ahead of the Astros.

On the statistical side, C.J. Edwards ended up with the best FIP last year among this season’s top 100 prospects. Edwards had a 1.96 FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) and his rotation mate, Pierce Johnson finished 16th among the top 100. (h/t to @Jon_Greenberg for the link).

Jason McLeod discussed the farm system in depth on MLB Network Radio last Tuesday. McLeod provided more information on the usual names as well as the team’s plans for Arodys Vizcaino and Mike Olt going into Spring Training.

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  • Sonate

    Excellent summary Neil. Thank you. The virtual unanimity of opinion among Fangraphs, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus indicates that the prospect rankings are not “spiked” by the Cub FO “spin” machine. Also thanks for the links.

    • Neil

      You’re very welcome and thank you.

  • JasonPen

    How can Bryant be so low on those other lists? 6 might even be too low. Are they watching the same player?
    And dont get me started on Bogaerts… Baez had similar or better stats in EVERY category. He hit almost as many HRs last season as Bogaerts hit in his entire career.
    Anyway, I may come off as a homer on this one, but I just don’t see it. Also, I live just outside of Boston, so I listen to their sports radio… Even the fans here aren’t sold on Bogaerts. Just sayin.

    • JasonPen

      Cubs should have 2 of the top 4.
      Buxton, Taveras, Bryant, Baez. In that order.

      • Richard Hood

        Wow that is all I can say is wow.

        • JasonPen

          Not sure if you are sarcastically giving me a ‘wow’ for being an obvious homer, or a wow for having 2 of the top 4 mlb prospects… Either way im fine with. We will see soon enough if I’m right, or if I’m way way wrong. Lol

  • paulcatanese

    Agree with all three posts below, and another great summary by Neil.
    But I must point out that all of these “lists” are nothing but that, a list.
    None of it means anything accept to bolster hope for different fan bases around the country.
    The signings by the Cubs and whoever brought them into the fold again does not matter, what does is they are there.
    What is very important is when an if they reach the Major League level and succeed.
    That will be the ultimate proof that a job was well done, and then and only then should accolades be passed out.

    • texcubnut

      Agreed, Paul. Accolades should be given to the suits when these young men become successful at the Major League level. For now, all these lists do is give us hope and add to the discussions. But I am optimistic. I guess that is just the ‘Cub’ in me. I DO expect sucess from several of these players and maybe a couple of them to succeed at the highest level…..signed, A full pitcher of Blue Kool-Aid.

      • mutantbeast

        Agreed Tex. But it is nice to see some real prospects in Cubbie blue for the first time since the early 60s.

    • Neil

      Thanks Paul.