The top organization in the game has several prospects that have become household names among the Cubs’ Faithful. Over the last three years more attention has been paid to the minor league system than to the big league team for obvious reasons.
Keeping track of players such as Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, C.J. Edwards, Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora and Duane Underwood is easier now than ever before. Players’ outings and at bats are tweeted and video is posted on a daily basis in order to be up to date on the prospects that could eventually help the big league team reach its goal.
But how do the players in the organization stack up against one another?
Just because a player is considered one the best prospects in baseball that does not mean another player in the system does not have a better arm, hit with more power or play better defense at the same position as a top prospect.
• Best Hitter for Average: Kyle Schwarber
• Best Contact Hitter: Albert Almora
• Best Power Hitter: Kris Bryant
• Best Clutch Hitter: Billy McKinney
• Best Plate Discipline: Mark Zagunis
• Most Fearless: Stephen Bruno
• Fastest Baserunner: Jacob Hannemann
• Best Baserunner: Jeffrey Baez
• Best Clubhouse Presence: Tie – Anthony Giansanti, Dustin Geiger
• Best Defensive Infielder: Carlos Penalver
• Best Infield Arm: Kris Bryant
• Best Defensive Outfielder: Albert Almora
• Best Outfield Arm: Bijan Rademacher
• Best Athlete: Kevonte Mitchell
• Best Offensive Catcher: Kyle Schwarber
• Best Defensive Catcher: Will Remillard
• Best Game-Caller: Rafael Lopez
• Best Arm, Catcher: Victor Caratini
• Best Fastball: Duane Underwood
• Best Curve: C.J. Edwards
• Best Slider: Pierce Johnson
• Best Change-up: Jen-Ho Tseng
• Best Sinker: Lars Huijer
• Best Control: Jen-Ho Tseng
• Best Strikeout Pitcher: Corey Black
• Best Pickoff Move: Eric Jokisch
• Best Fielder: Blake Parker
The organization is not only regarded for the impact talent that ranks at the top of every prospect list, but the Cubs have a lot of depth throughout the system. The front office has done a good job of layering the system in order to keep filtering talent from the minor leagues to the majors. Here’s an extensive list of players to keep an eye on during the 2015 season that could be on the verge of playing their way into the conversation of the top prospects in the Cubs system.
Tyler Alamo, C; Roney Alcala, INF/C; Adbert Alzolay, RHP; Gioskar Amaya, INF; Delbis Arcila, 1B; Jeffrey Baez, OF; Yasiel Balaguert, OF; David Bote, INF/OF; Cael Brockmeyer, C/1B; Stephen Bruno, INF/OF; Charcer Burks, OF; Ben Carhart, INF/C; Roberto Caro, OF; Dylan Cease, RHP; Hunter Cervenka, LHP; Trevor Clifton, RHP; Rashad Crawford, OF; Oscar De La Cruz, RHP; Frandy De La Rosa, INF; Enrique De Los Rios, RHP; Shawon Dunston Jr., OF; Andrew Ely, INF; Jenner Emeterio, OF; Bryant Flete, INF; Wladimir Galindo, INF; Robert Garcia, OF; David Garner, RHP; Erick Gonzalez, C; Yapson Gomez, LHP; Calvin Graves, OF; Jacob Hannemann, OF; Michael Heesch, LHP; Luis Hidalgo, OF; Jesse Hodges, 3B; Corbin Hoffner, RHP; Lars Huijer, RHP: Michael Jensen, RHP; Carlos Jimenez, INF; Erick Leal, RHP; Danny Lockhart, INF; Mark Malave, C; Dillon Maples, RHP; Trey Martin, OF; Jonathan Martinez, RHP; Trey Masek, RHP; Yohan Matos, C; Ryan McNeil, RHP; Alberto Mineo, C; Kevonte Mitchell, OF; Andruw Monasterio, INF; Jose Morel, RHP; Erling Moreno, RHP; Jose Paulino, LHP; Juan Carlos Paniagua, RHP; Carlos Penalver, SS; Ivan Pineyro, RHP; Carlos Rodriguez, LHP; Santiago Rodriguez, RHP; Alexander Santana, RHP; Tyler Skulina, RHP; Ho-Young Son, INF; Justin Steele, LHP; Daury Torrez, RHP; Shamil Ubiera, OF; Christian Villanueva, INF/OF; Charlie White, OF; Austyn Willis, RHP; Sam Wilson, LHP; Chesny Young, INF; Mark Zagunis, C/OF; Jose Zapata, RHP, Rob Zastryzny, LHP
The CCO’s Top 21 Prospect List will be posted Wednesday afternoon. And the first 10 players are similar to other publications the first top 21 list that we’ve done includes a couple of players we might be a little higher on than other sites.