With the promotion of Arismendy Alcantara to the big leagues, MLB Pipeline posted another update to the Cubs prospect list.
Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Addison Russell remain the top three prospects in the system, for now. Albert Almora moved up to the fourth spot vacated by Alcantara with Jorge Soler rounding out the top five. Christian Villanueva was added to the list at No. 20, and not one of the pitching prospects that could have easily been inserted into the list.
Christian Villanueva began the season with Triple-A Iowa and struggled mightily at the plate. The slick fielding third baseman hit only .211/.283/.372 in 64 games with Iowa that included 18 doubles, six home runs and a .656 OPS.
The front office sent Villanueva back to Double-A Tennessee after Kris Bryant was promoted to Iowa. Villanueva has not hit in the Smokies lineup. In 47 games, Villanueva has put together a .247/.313/.388 slash line with 13 doubles and four home runs for a .701 OPS.
The 23-year old third baseman has not progressed at the plate the way the Cubs had hoped this season. Christian Villanueva has one minor league option left after this season, so there is a little more time for him to develop. But the clock is ticking.
MLB.com’s Top 20 Cubs Prospects
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Javier Baez, INF
- Addison Russell, 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
- Victor Caratini, C
- Jeimer Candelario, 3B
- Eloy Jimenez, OF
- Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP
- Gleyber Torres, SS
- Paul Blackburn, RHP
- Kyle Hendricks, RHP
- Corey Black, RHP
- Christian Villanueva, 3B
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
- MLB Pipeline Updated Cubs Top 20 Prospect List – July 2014
- Victor Caratini Added to MLB Pipeline’s Cubs Top 20 Prospect List – August 2014