MLB Pipeline posted updates to each team’s top 20 prospect list Sunday night and the Cubs’ updated list includes the recently drafted OF/C Kyle Schwarber and reflects the performances turned in this season.
Kris Bryant tops the list of the prospects in the Cubs system followed by Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Arismendy Alcantara and Albert Almora. Kyle Schwarber checked in at No. 8 followed by Billy McKinney.
The top six prospects in the Cubs system are position players and eight of the top 20 are pitchers with RHP Jefferson Mejia cracking the top 20.
Four of the young arms in the system that were previously ranked by MLB Pipeline did not make the updated list that was released Sunday night … RHP Duane Underwood, RHP Tyler Skulina, LHP Rob Zastryzny and RHP Dillon Maples.
Duane Underwood is having a good season with Kane County. Underwood is 5-2 in 16 games, 15 starts, with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. In 73 2/3 innings this season, Underwood has given up 63 hits with 26 walks and 58 strikeouts. Over his last four starts, Underwood is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP. Underwood has surrendered 14 hits with three walks and 24 strikeouts in his last 23 innings.
Tyler Skulina is 4-7 in 18 starts with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Skulina has allowed 36 runs, 32 earned, on 71 hits with 35 walks and 68 strikeouts in 89 2/3 innings. Skulina is 0-4 in his last five starts with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Skulina was very good his last time out and allowed one run on three hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings.
MLB.com’s Top 20 Cubs Prospects
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Javier Baez, INF
- Addison Russell, INF
- Arismendy Alcantara, OF/INF
- Albert Almora, OF
- Jorge Soler, OF
- C.J. Edwards, RHP
- Kyle Schwarber, OF/C
- Billy McKinney, OF
- Arodys Vizcaino. RHP
- Pierce Johnson, RHP
- Dan Vogelbach, 1B
- Jeimer Candelario, 3B
- Eloy Jimenez, OF
- Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP
- Gleyber Torres, SS
- Paul Blackburn, RHP
- Kyle Hendricks, RHP
- Corey Black, RHP
- Jefferson Mejia, RHP
MLB Pipeline 2014 Rankings of Cubs Prospects
- MLB.com’s Pre-Season Top 25 Cubs Prospects
- MLB.com’s Ranking of the Cubs Top Prospects – April 2014
- MLB Pipeline Updated Cubs Top 20 Prospect List – June 2014
- Baez, Bryant and Russell Top MLB Pipeline’s Updated Cubs Prospect List – July 2014