MLB.com’s Pre-Season Top 25 Cubs Prospects

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo released MLB.com’s pre-season ranking of the Cubs top 20 prospects earlier in the week, along with five more players and a sleeper for the upcoming season.

PrintAs with the case with nearly all of the off-season rankings, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant topped MLB.com’s list of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system.

The perceived top heavy system with excellent position-player prospects and very little pitching behind C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson ended up with 13 pitchers ranked in MLB.com’s top 25 prospects. The Cubs have several interesting pitching prospects in the lower levels of the system. And if those pitching prospects, that include Paul Blackburn, Tyler Skulina, Duane Underwood and Dillon Maples, are able to stay on track with their individual player plans, the pitching in the Cubs’ system should start catching up with the position-player depth in the organization.

MLB.com’s Pre-Season Top 25 Cubs Prospects
  1. Javier Baez, IF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Albert Almora, OF
  4. C.J. Edwards, RHP
  5. Jorge Soler, OF
  6. Arismendy Alcantara, IF
  7. Pierce Johnson, RHP
  8. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP
  9. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
  10. Dan Vogelbach, 1B
  11. Christian Villanueva, 3B
  12. Eloy Jimenez, OF
  13. Neil Ramirez, RHP
  14. Mike Olt, 3B
  15. Paul Blackburn, RHP
  16. Kyle Hendricks, RHP
  17. Corey Black, RHP
  18. Jacob Hannemann, OF
  19. Tyler Skulina, RHP
  20. Gleyber Torres, SS
  21. Duane Underwood, RHP
  22. Rob Zastryzny, LHP
  23. Dillon Maples, RHP
  24. Zac Rosscup, LHP
  25. Alberto Cabrera, RHP

Jim Callis’ sleeper in the Cubs’ system is infielder Danny LockhartJim Callis answered a few questions about the Cubs’ system for the CCO in the off-season and those that missed the interview can click here.

MLB.com’s pre-season ranking includes many of the top players in the Cubs’ system that we recently ranked in our top 20 Cubs’ prospect list for the season. Our view of Duane Underwood is similar to the way Callis sees him.

Bernie Pleskoff posted what the Cubs lineup and starting rotation could look like in two years. Pleskoff thinks Javier Baez ends up at third base with Kris Bryant in right field and Jorge Soler in left. And Jeff Samardzija is still with the Cubs and anchoring the rotation.

Projected 2016 Cubs Lineup

Positions

  • Welington Castillo, C
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  • Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
  • Javier Baez, 3B
  • Starlin Castro, SS
  • Jorge Soler, LF
  • Albert Almora, CF
  • Kris Bryant, RF

Starting Pitchers and Closer

  • Jeff Samardzija, RHP
  • C.J. Edwards, RHP
  • Travis Wood, LHP
  • Pierce Johnson, RHP
  • Edwin Jackson, RHP
  • Arodys Vizcaino, RHP – Closer

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  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Wow Bernie Pleskoff really went out on limb on his 2016 lineup projections….pretty much the same as every other Cubs fans pipe dream lineup made up of future top prospects.

    At least one of the Big 4 (statistically) won’t pan out (my guess, Soler). I think in the next 2 years the Cubs will make at least one significant trade for a Bat or an SP Arm (IMO, probably arm). I think they will also land one impact FA. The FA might not be a star but will still be in the daily lineup or in the rotation.

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  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    I like the list. I really like that Jimenez was included and I like Vizcaino being in it since he appears healthy and is hitting triple digits. Not quite the number 1 type prospect he was but no reason he shouldn’t be in top 10.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Torres too…

  • Richard Hood

    I really am beginning to hate Law. Especially after his comments concerning some of the newer Cubs prospects this week. He never changes his mind on anyone and can never be wrong. It gets quite annoying.

    • Eugene Debs

      He can be quite annoying. I tend to find he knows what he is talking about, but like any talent evaluator (especially one that posts his opinion online for the world to see) he is sometimes way off.

      It’s his “snippy” attitude that bothers me most.

  • Eugene Debs

    There is no chance that Edwin Jackson will be in the rotation in 2016 for the Chicago Cubs. He is either going to stink himself out of MLB or improve in the next year or so. If he improves at all, he’ll get flipped for “inventory.”

    • SuzyS

      Personally, I’d love to see him “Miraculously” pitch well enough this season to interest some other team at the trade deadline…ANY serviceable return will do.

      • frustrated

        you mean like a bag of peanuts and a beer?

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I’m surprised that Olt is not in their lineup. I guess cubs fandom values him alot higher.

    • triple

      I wouldn’t say that the fanbase values him alot higher. Really we won’t know where he ranks in with our other possible 3rd basemen prospects (Baez and Bryant) until they all are in the big leagues and have had opportunities at quality playing time (probably at multiple positions). At that point, if a guy like Alcantara isn’t working out at 2b, then maybe Baez is playing there and Olt plays at 3b. There is alot of flexibility in the situation that the Cubs are in with their prospects. And I’d say the best case scenario would have the Cubs trading Olt during the 2015 season for a big haul that includes a top-of-the-rotation starter and other quality future pitching prospects.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    They don’t think to highly of junior lake apparently either.

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