MLB Pipeline’s weeklong countdown of the top ten organizations in baseball ended Friday afternoon when the Cubs were named the top system in the game.
MLB Pipeline joins Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, ESPN’s Keith Law and The Sporting News in ranking the Cubs at the top of the pre-season organizational rankings.
The Cubs have the best collection of hitting prospects that Jim Callis has seen in one organization during his 25 years of covering prospects. Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber are the top four players in the Cubs system in nearly every pre-season ranking. And each of those four players have been able to show how advanced they are this spring. The next wave behind the top four has a chance to produce impact players or at the very least everyday players at the big league level.
Albert Almora, Billy McKinney, Gleyber Torres and Eloy Jimenez headline the next group of position player prospects that also includes Mark Zagunis, Kevonte Mitchell, Dan Vogelbach and Victor Caratini.
Due to the focus on the position players in the system, the pitching prospects in the organization are often overlooked but there are some very good arms down on the farm. And when the prospect lists are released next off-season there should be more of a balance between position players and pitchers than there has been in recent years.
Behind C.J. Edwards, Pierce Johnson and Corey Black are Duane Underwood, Jen-Ho Tseng, Daury Torrez, Paul Blackburn, Rob Zastryzny, Jake Stinnett, Justin Steele, Carson Sands and Trevor Clifton.
According to MLB Pipeline, “Even after sending Top 100 Prospects Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara to Wrigley Field last year, the Cubs still have an enviable collection of hitting talent, fronted by Minor League home run king Kris Bryant. He and Jorge Soler could be the top two rookies in baseball this year, and Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber could also be ready very soon. All those bats overshadow talented arms such as C.J. Edwards, Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson.”
MLB Pipeline’s Top 10 Farm Systems for 2015
- Chicago Cubs
- Boston Red Sox
- Minnesota Twins
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- New York Mets
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Texas Rangers
- Houston Astros
- Atlanta Braves
- Toronto Blue Jays
How MLB Pipeline puts together its organizational ranking: A combination of quality and quantity and the staff of MLB Pipeline ranked the top 10 systems in the game by considering which organizations have an abundance of elite-level talent as well as depth, in terms of future big leaguers up and down the system.
The Cubs system has made a lot of improvement over the last five years. The biggest change is on the player development side where there is now a plan in place once the player is in the system and the organization from top to bottom is on the same page reading from the same book.
2015 Organizational Rankings
- Baseball Prospectus Ranks Cubs System the Best in the Game
- Cubs System Ranked No. 1 by Baseball America
- Cubs Retain No. 1 Spot in Keith Law’s Farm System Rankings
- Cubs Top The Sporting News Organizational Rankings
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