Cubs Farm System Ranked No. 14 by MiLB.com
MiLB.com released its farm system rankings Monday and the top system in the game this time last year slipped down to middle of the pack at No. 14.
The Cubs have a lot of talent in the system even with the promotions of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler. The Cubs might not have the next Bryant or Russell currently in the organization as Sam Dykstra noted, but Willson Contreras is considered one of the top two catching prospects in the game. And Gleyber Torres will likely be one of the top five shortstop prospects by the end of the year if he stays on the same developmental path.
MiLB.com’s Top Five Farm Systems: Dodgers, Braves, Twins, Rockies and Rangers.
The Cubs’ system is behind the Pirates (8), Brewers (11) and Reds (12) in the National League Central Division but ahead of the Cardinals (18).
The Cubs have the seventh best group of position player prospects and the 23rd best group of pitchers. The uncertainty of Pierce Johnson’s future role and Carl Edwards Jr. moving to the bullpen impacted the Cubs ranking on the pitching side. The Cubs have three hard-throwing right-handers in Dylan Cease, Duane Underwood Jr. and Oscar De La Cruz that project as top of the rotation starters in the big leagues.
Sam Dykstra pointed out that what is “scary is that Chicago still has bona fide top 100 prospects in Gleyber Torres, Willson Contreras, Ian Happ, Albert Almora Jr., Billy McKinney and right-handers Duane Underwood Jr. and Dylan Cease also got spots on various top 100 lists as well.”
Opinions vary on where the Cubs’ system ranks with the rest of baseball.
MLB Pipeline does not consider the Cubs one of the top 10 systems, even though Jim Callis is rather high on several of the prospects. Baseball America ranked the Cubs system No. 20 in the Prospect Handbook.
Keith Law is higher on the players in the organization than any of the other talent evaluators. Law ranked the Cubs’ system No. 4 in his pre-season list.
The depth currently in the Cubs’ system is unlike it’s been at any point since the days of Dallas Green and arguably in the storied history of the franchise. At this time next year, it would not be a stretch to think the Cubs’ system will be back in the top 10 of every organizational ranking.