Keith Law Ranks Cubs Farm System the Best in Baseball

ESPN’s Keith Law released his Mid-Season ranking of the top five farm systems in baseball on Tuesday morning, and less than a week after naming Kris Bryant the top prospect in the game, Law ranked the Cubs system as the best in baseball.

Keith Law is not alone in his assessment of the Cubs system Baseball America also thinks the Cubs have the top organization in the game. The top five systems in the game according to Keith Law: Cubs, Twins, Astros, Mets and Pirates.

And Keith Law stated, “This has to be the most loaded the Cubs’ farm has been in the last 30 years.”

Keith Law pointed to the additions of Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Kyle Schwarber to the system that “already had the minors’ best collection of high-end bats” as the reason for the Cubs taking over the top spot. Law still questions if Schwarber can be a catcher or a left fielder in the big leagues but he “has raked so far in limited at bats against younger-competition.” OF Eloy Jimenez and SS Gleyber Torres, the two 17-year olds the Cubs’ J2 signings from a year ago “are promising young hitters.”

PrintThe additions of Russell, McKinney and Schwarber have helped counter the rough start to the season Albert Almora had, Jeimer Candelario struggling at the plate prior to his demotion and pitchers C.J. Edwards, Pierce Johnson and Scott Frazier having issues with injuries and ineffectiveness.

Law pointed to the pitchers such as Jen-Ho Tseng and Paul Blackburn having good seasons, but with the fact both pitchers are in Low-A ball, “the Cubs probably won’t get the starting pitching help they need from their system in the next year or two.”

Kris Bryant (1), Addison Russell (4), Javier Baez (8) and Jorge Soler (28) made the cut in Keith Law’s Mid-Season ranking of the top prospects in the game. And the general consensus is that the Cubs will be able to add pitching to the organization by trading some of the bats they have.

Keith Law said, “I know Cubs fans have heard this before, but just wait ‘til next year, because this club is going to get good in a hurry, at least on the run scoring sides of the ledger.”

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  • Theboardrider

    Thank you Mr. Law! Loved the final “Cubs are going to get good in a hurry.”

    • mutantbeast

      Just think Board, Cubs O has already improved just with AA, and hes not even the best of the bunch. Imagine what this lineup will be with the killer Bs and a little Soler power.

      • Theboardrider

        Indeed Beast. And Russell May be up by season’ send. Almora and Sxhwarber don’t look too far awayz. Were there. By 2016 we’ll be a pitchers nightmare.

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  • Larry Schwimmer

    If we as CUB fans can put aside our well justified reasons for being impatient, we can agree that this F.O. has intelligently built the CUBS minor league system into a 1st class fountain of talent. That talent will begin to show itself in 2015. I’m so excited!

  • John G

    Darwin Barney DFA’d. Bout time.

  • Theboardrider

    Barney sent down!

  • Dan Green

    “Undersized” Jen-ho Tseng? Law with his usual thorough homework on that one.

  • SuzyS

    I won’t get excited until I see the Cubs put together a dominant pitching staff.
    I remember too many 16 to 15 games in the old days. If our pitching prospects were as bright as our hitting prospects then, I would get really excited.
    Remember, the cost of a TOR starter in trade might be four to five good prospects.
    I’m ready now to see the Cubs start adding talent to the mlb team…not just prospects.

    • mutantbeast

      it will cost a lot of $, but I can see a Jon Lester or a James Shields come here in the offseason.

  • BillyFinT

    30 Years? He meant 73 years, I suppose. Between the 30s and 80s, then the 90s and the last three seasons.

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