Baseball Prospectus released its updated ranking of the top 50 prospects in the game Monday morning. And five of the best young players in the Cubs’ system cracked Baseball Prospectus’ list, and three of the five were ranked within the top six.
Baseball Prospectus ranked Kris Bryant as the third best prospect in the game behind the Twins’ Byron Buxton and the Astros’ Carlos Correa. Francisco Lindor followed Bryant and Javier Baez and Addison Russell checked in at five and six on BP’s top 50. Lucas Giolito (Nationals), Dylan Bundy (Orioles), Noah Syndergaard (Mets) and Robert Stephenson (Reds) rounded out Baseball Prospectus’ top 10.
Arismendy Alcantara made it into the top 20 at number 18 and Albert Almora stayed in the top 40 at number 37.
As the case with Baseball America, based on the midseason ranking Kris Bryant is the best prospect in the Cubs system ahead of both Javier Baez and Addison Russell.
Kris Bryant jumped from number 17 to three, while Javier Baez slipped from four to five. Addison Russell moved up a spot in BP’s list from seven in the preseason to six. Albert Almora slipped from 25 to 37 while Arismendy Alcantara moved up from number 83 all the way to 18.
The Cubs had seven players in Baseball Prospectus Top 101 preseason list. In January, Javier Baez (4), Kris Bryant (17), Albert Almora (25), Jorge Soler (45), C.J. Edwards (81), Arismendy Alcantara (83) and Pierce Johnson (91) were ranked among the best young players in the game.
Kris Bryant Named MLB Pipeline Prospect of the Month
MLB Pipeline named Kris Bryant its Hitting Prospect of the Month for June. Kris Bryant had an excellent month that started in Double-A and included a trip to the Southern League All-Star Game in which he won the Home Run Derby. Bryant was promoted to Triple-A following the All-Star Game and after a slow start with Iowa in which his first five hits left the ballpark, Bryant has settled in rather well.
In 26 games in June between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, Kris Bryant hit .354/.447/.781 (34-for-96) with eight doubles, 11 home runs, 27 RBI and a 1.228 OPS.
Kris Bryant began play Monday hitting .355/.451/.720 with 26 doubles, 30 home runs, 80 RBI, 229 total bases and a 1.171 OPS in 87 games this season between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.