MLB Pipeline posted an update to its Cubs prospect list to include the recently signed 20-year old Cuban outfielder Eddy Julio Martinez.
Eddy Julio Martinez was considered one of the top International prospects available during the current signing period. At least a dozen teams were interested in signing Martinez, who has been compared to Andruw Jones. While reports vary on projections, Martinez adds impact talent to one of the top systems in the game. Keith Law thinks if Martinez was eligible he possesses the talent to be the No. 1 pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
Even with the graduations of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber to the majors this year, due to the depth in the organization the Cubs are still considered to have a top five farm system.
The Cubs top 10 looks a lot different than it did before the season started. SS Gleyber Torres is considered the top prospect in the organization and MLB Pipeline put the 18-year old shortstop at the top of its list. Torres is followed by OF Billy McKinney, RHP Carl Edwards Jr., RHP Duane Underwood Jr. and OF Albert Almora Jr. to round out the top five.
MLB Pipeline ranked Cubs’ first round pick OF/2B Ian Happ behind Almora at No. 6 with RHP Pierce Johnson, OF Donnie Dewees, OF Mark Zagunis and C Willson Contreras also in the top 10.
Jim Callis ranked Eddy Julio Martinez as the 12th best prospect in the Cubs’ organization behind RHP Dylan Cease and in front of 1B Dan Vogelbach. Callis indicated Tuesday that if Martinez had ended up with the Giants he would have been ranked sixth in San Francisco’s system.
There are 15 position players and 15 pitchers on MLB Pipeline’s Cubs Top 30 Prospect list.
Cubs Top 30 Prospects
- Gleyber Torres, SS (7, 2)
- Billy McKinney, OF (9, 3)
- Carl Edwards Jr., RHP (4, 4)
- Duane Underwood Jr., RHP (8, 5)
- Albert Almora Jr., OF (6, 6)
- Ian Happ, OF/2B (NA, 7)
- Pierce Johnson, RHP (10, 8)
- Donnie Dewees, OF (NA, 9)
- Mark Zagunis, OF (18, 10)
- Willson Contreras, C (NR, 11)
- Dylan Cease, RHP (21, 12)
- Eddy Julio Martinez, OF (NA/NA)
- Dan Vogelbach, 1B (16, 13)
- Eloy Jimenez, OF (12, 14)
- Bryan Hudson, LHP (NA, 15)
- Justin Steele, LHP (17, 16)
- Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP (11, 17)
- Carson Sands, LHP (14, 18)
- Corey Black, RHP (20, 19)
- Jeimer Candelario, 3B (15, 20)
- Jake Stinnett, RHP (13, 21)
- Christian Villanueva, 3B/1B (24, 22)
- Victor Caratini, C (19, 23)
- Oscar De La Cruz, RHP (NR/NR)
- Rob Zastryzny, LHP (23, 24)
- Darryl Wilson, OF (NA, 25)
- Trevor Clifton, RHP (29, 26)
- Jacob Hannemann, OF (22, 27)
- Daury Torrez, RHP (25, 28)
- Ryan Williams, RHP (NR, 30)