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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