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.”
The 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.”