Kris Bryant Ranked No. 1 on Minor League Ball’s Mid-Season List of Top Prospects

John Sickels’ released his mid-season list of the top 75 prospects in the game Monday, and Sickels put the Cubs’ Kris Bryant at the top spot in his ranking. Six of the best young players in the Cubs’ system found their way on Sickels’ list: Kris Bryant (1), Addison Russell (5), Javier Baez (15), Jorge Soler (24), Arismendy Alcantara (34) and Albert Almora (57).

Due to promotions, several players were no longer eligible to be included on Minor League Ball’s list. Kris Bryant moved up from 12th to take the top spot, while Addison Russell retained his pre-season ranking. Javier Baez slipped from 10 to No. 15 and Jorge Soler moved up from No. 62 to 24. Arismendy Alcantara was No. 87 on the pre-season list and Albert Almora dropped 25 spots from 32 before the season.

Baseball America released its ranking of the top prospects in the game last week. The top minor league system in the game, according to Baseball America, placed four players in BA’s top 50: Kris Bryant (2), Addison Russell (5), Javier Baez (7) and Arismendy Alcantara (33).

PrintBaseball Prospectus also posted its list of the top 50 prospects in the game a week ago. The Cubs landed five players in BP’s top 50: Kris Bryant (3), Javier Baez (5), Addison Russell (6), Arismendy Alcantara (18) and Albert Almora (37).

John Sickels indicated C.J. Edwards, Pierce Johnson and Billy McKinney were also under consideration based on pre-season rankings. Edwards (42), Johnson (114) and McKinney (106) were ranked in his pre-season top 150 prospects in the game.

John Sickels did not include players that were recently drafted or international signings.

Prospect rankings are just that, rankings and should be treated as such. Prospects are currency in baseball. It is always good to read other perspectives about the system and see how the Cubs’ young players stack up with the rest of the best talent in minor league baseball.

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  • Tony_H

    We always hear how no top FA’s will want to sign with the Cubs because they have been losing. Maybe players are smarter than that opinion gives them credit.

    “…You could take that all the way to a last-place team like the Cubs. With the talent they have coming up they could be a very special team in a few years as well. That would probably be the coolest city to win a championship in….”

    http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/david-price-winning-world-series-cubs-would-be-coolest

    • J Daniel

      All it will take is enough cash and they will have plenty of it.

    • Darrell Birkey

      To be fair, Price is looking at 2016 when the Cubs project to have lots of good young talent.
      Of course the losing has be a liability for signing free agents in the last few years. Price would sign because of the chances of winning. That does not in any way negate the claim that major free agents haven’t wanted to come to the Cubs recently. No one has claimed that would last.

      • dwalker

        no one at the top of their career wants to go play for a loser 3-5 years out of even thinking about competing. Playing for a team with the top ranked farm system and a ton of bats rapidly moving up the system that will start appearing soon, thats a little differnt. having a young team with lots of big guns and a real shot to win with you as an ace? not bad. having the cance to win it all and have your name go down in legend as being the ace for the team that broke the longest sports curse? they’ll make statues of you. yeah, that don’t sound bad at all, not to mention the paycheck a team with almost no payroll and a large market shoudl be able to offer.

      • Tony_H

        To be fair, he is talking about right now as well, as he may be traded.

        I bet if the Cubs offered more money, they would have come to Chicago.

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