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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  • J Daniel

    Olt is not in the top 20 or he does not count as he was up with the big club?

    • Eugene Debs

      He’s not top 20 for us.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I don’t think he would count. He’d be in top 10 I’d imagine…

    • Ripsnorter1

      Eugene is right: he’s not a prospect anymore. There are a couple of reasons:

      1. He’ll be 26 years old on August 27. He’s past the age of prospects.
      2. Contact rate. He has ML power–no question about it. But he doesn’t make enough contact to be in MLB. We hope that changes, but….I doubt it.

      IMO, that is why he is not considered a prospect.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Here’s his 2014 Iowa stats:

        78 AB…23 k…4 BB….321 BA…615 slug.
        BA and slug look great, but remember: this is the PCL. Offensive stats are inflated. But look at those k’s! One K per 3 AB isn’t good enough to sustain a ML job.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Here’s his 2014 Iowa stats:

        78 AB…23 k…4 BB….321 BA…615 slug.
        BA and slug look great, but remember: this is the PCL. Offensive stats are inflated. But look at those k’s! One K per 3 AB isn’t good enough to sustain a ML job.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Eugene is right: he’s not a prospect anymore. There are a couple of reasons:

      1. He’ll be 26 years old on August 27. He’s past the age of prospects.
      2. Contact rate. He has ML power–no question about it. But he doesn’t make enough contact to be in MLB. We hope that changes, but….I doubt it.

      IMO, that is why he is not considered a prospect.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Sorry, I’m just now seeing this. Olt lost his rookie status due to games played and at bats. That is the reason he was removed from the top 20.

      This is from the Transaction Glossary at the top of the site

      A player is a rookie unless, during a previous seasons or seasons, he has more than 130 at-bats of 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or more than 45 days on a Major League active roster during the 25-man limit period (April – August), excluding time on the disabled list. Service time accrued during September does not count against the player’s rookie status the next season.

      Hope this helps.

      • J Daniel

        It does, thanks! I thought even though he has struggled he would still be in a top 20 but understand he is not a prospect.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You’re welcome.

  • Brp921

    If all of our young pitchers, ranked higher than Hendricks, do as well or better than Hendricks has done this far, then we will be in pretty good shape moving forward.

    • Ripsnorter1

      IMO, Hendricks is the real deal. Scouts don’t like him a lot because he doesn’t throw as hard as most. That’s probably the great thing about him: he gets guys out without putting himself on the DL. Look at the highly touted Arodys Vizcaino. He hasn’t thrown a single pitch for us since he was acquired for Dempster and Reed Johnson. That’s been over two years ago. He’s been on the DL and here’s his 2014 AAA stats:
      6.91 ERA…14 IP…23 H…12 K…8 BB…2.163 WHIP. Doesn’t look very impressive just yet. But he can throw 98 MPH.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Vizcanio has been working on his mechanics since he reported to Iowa with Bruce Walton. There was a tweak the front office wanted done. If you look at his game log, you would see he has not allowed a run in his last six outings, or July 10.

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