Best Tools in the Cubs Farm System

The big names in the Cubs minor league system are well known. From the ‘Core Four’ to the ‘Gang of Four’, the players and stats are followed and dissected daily throughout the year. Evaluating and keeping track of minor league players is easier now than ever before. But how do the players in the organization stack up against one another?

PrintJust because a player is considered one of the top prospects in the game that does not mean another player in the system does not have a better arm or hit with more power.

The CCO’s final pre-season look at the top players in the Cubs’ system focuses on the players with the best tools in the system.

Offense
  • Best Hitter for Average: Albert Almora
  • Best Contact Hitter: Kevin Encarnacion
  • Best Power Hitter: Javier Baez
  • Best Clutch Hitter: Dustin Geiger
  • Best Plate Discipline: Jeimer Candelario
  • Most Fearless: Jorge Soler
  • Fastest Baserunner: Tim Saunders
  • Best Baserunner: John Andreoli
Defense
  • Best Defensive Infielder: Christian Villanueva
  • Best Infield Arm: Arismendy Alcantara
  • Best Defensive Outfielder: (Tie) – Albert Almora, Jae-Hoon Ha
  • Best Outfield Arm: Rubi Silva
  • Best Athlete: Jacob Hannemann
Catchers
  • Best Offensive Catcher: Willson Contreras
  • Best Defensive Catcher: Carlos Escobar
  • Best Game-Caller: Yaniel Cabezas
  • Best Arm, Catcher: Will Remillard
Pitchers
  • Best Fastball: C.J. Edwards
  • Best Curve: Yao-Lin Wang
  • Best Slider: Pierce Johnson
  • Best Change-Up: Kyle Hendricks
  • Best Sinker: Ben Wells
  • Best Control: Kyle Hendricks
  • Best Strikeout Pitcher: C.J. Edwards
  • Best Pickoff Move: Eric Jokisch
  • Best Fielding Pitcher: Casey Coleman

The organization is widely considered to be top heavy with more depth than in previous years, but not much beyond the top 25 to 30 players in the system. That is not the case. The Cubs have good depth in the lower levels that is progressing through the organization. There are several players that could be on the verge of forcing themselves into the conversation among the top prospects in the organization. Here’s a list of players to keep an eye on during the 2014 season.

Luis Acosta, IF/OF; Tyler Alamo, C; Roney Alcala, IF/C; Adbert Alzolay, RHP; Gioskar Amaya, IF; John Andreoli, OF; Delbis Arcila, 1B; Jose Arias, RHP; Jeffrey Baez, OF; Yasiel Balaguert, OF; Frank Batista, RHP; Dallas Beeler, RHP; David Bote, IF/OF; Stephen Bruno, IF/OF; Charcer Burks, OF; Roberto Caro, OF; Erick Castillo, C/IF/OF; Shawon Dunston Jr., OF; Jenner Emeterio, IF; Bryant Flete, IF; Frailin Figueroa, LHP; Scott Frazier, RHP; Dustin Geiger, IF; Trevor Gretzky, 1B/OF; Jae-Hoon Ha, OF; Michael Hamann, RHP; Michael Heesch, LHP; Marco Hernandez, SS; Jesse Hodges, 3B; Corbin Hoffner, RHP; Brett Jackson, OF; Michael Jensen, RHP; Eloy Jimenez, OF; Eric Jokisch, LHP; Austin Kirk, LHP; Erick Leal, RHP; Matt Loosen, RHP; Barret Loux, RHP; Mark Malave, C; Dillon Maples, RHP; Trey Masek, RHP; Jefferson Mejia, RHP; Ryan McNeil, RHP; Juan Carlos Paniagua, RHP; Carlos Penalver, SS; Anthony Prieto, RHP; Bijan Rademacher, OF; Armando Rivero, RHP; Carlos Rodriguez, LHP; Alexander Santana, RHP; Tim Saunders, IF/OF; Tayler Scott, RHP; Rock Shoulders, 1B/OF; Tyler Skulina, RHP; Nick Struck, RHP: Gleyber Torres, IF; Daury Torrez, RHP; Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP; Shamil Ubiera, OF; Josh Vitters, OF/1B; Michael Wagner, RHP; Yao-Lin Wang, RHP; Logan Watkins, IF/OF; Sam Wilson, LHP; Jose Zapata, RHP; Tony Zych, RHP

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