Victor Caratini Added to MLB Pipeline’s Cubs Top 20 Prospect List

MLB Pipeline updated its list of the top 20 prospects in the Cubs system after the non-waiver trade deadline. The Cubs added a very good catching prospect to the system in Victor Caratini from the Braves for INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and LHP James Russell.

MLB Pipeline ranked C Victor Caratini as the 13th best prospect in the organization.

Victor Caratini reported to Kane County after the trade and in six games he has hit .261/.346/.391 with a double, a triple, three walks, five strikeouts and a .737 OPS. Caratini has caught three games and served as the Cougars DH in the other three games.

With the addition of Victor Caratini, RHP Jefferson Mejia was removed from the top 20. The top six prospects in the system remain position players and seven of the top 20 are pitchers. MLB Pipeline still ranks RHP C.J. Edwards as the best pitching prospect followed by RHP Pierce Johnson, RHP Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP Paul Blackburn, RHP Kyle Hendricks and RHP Corey Black.

PrintWith the promotions of Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and Kyle Hendricks, the off-season rankings of the Cubs system will look different. RHP Duane Underwood should crack the top 20 and both LHP Justin Steele and LHP Carson Sands figure to be ranked among the top prospects in the Cubs system as well.

RHP Duane Underwood is 5-4 in 19 games, 18 starts, with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. In 85 1/3 innings, Underwood has allowed 34 runs, 25 earned runs, on 73 hits with 29 walks and 72 strikeouts. Underwood is 4-2 in nine second half appearances with a 2.95 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Underwood has 44 strikeouts and 11 walks in 42 2/3 innings since the break.

LHP Carson Sands is 2-0 in six games, two starts, with a 0.90 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. In 10 innings, Sands has allowed one earned run on eight hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts. LHP Justin Steele has started three of the six games he’s appeared in and has allowed one run on nine hits with three walks and 15 strikeouts (0.75 ERA, 1.00 WHIP).

MLB.com’s Top 20 Cubs Prospects
  1. Kris Bryant, 3B
  2. Javier Baez, INF
  3. Addison Russell, INF
  4. Arismendy Alcantara, OF/INF
  5. Albert Almora, OF
  6. Jorge Soler, OF
  7. C.J. Edwards, RHP
  8. Kyle Schwarber, OF/C
  9. Billy McKinney, OF
  10. Arodys Vizcaino. RHP
  11. Pierce Johnson, RHP
  12. Dan Vogelbach, 1B
  13. Victor Caratini, C
  14. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
  15. Eloy Jimenez, OF
  16. Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP
  17. Gleyber Torres, SS
  18. Paul Blackburn, RHP
  19. Kyle Hendricks, RHP
  20. Corey Black, RHP
MLB Pipeline 2014 Rankings of Cubs Prospects
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