MiLB.com released its Cubs Organizational All-Star Team. And it is headlined by four of the top position-player prospects in the system.
Ian Happ, Eloy Jimenez, Jeimer Candelario and Donnie Dewees stayed on their individual player plans this past season. Happ, Jimenez, Candelario and Dewees put up the numbers on the field to remain at the top of the position-player prospects in what remains a stocked minor league system.
MiLB.com pointed out that The World Series Champions, “despite a successful influx of youth at Wrigley Field, a pretty talented farm system is in place.” Seven players 25 or younger helped the Cubs win The Series.
Two prospects the Cubs traded in-season for players that had big roles in the Cubs winning The World Series made MiLB.com’s Cubs Organizational All-Star Team.
Gleyber Torres was the main piece of the package of players (Adam Warren, Billy McKinney, Rashad Crawford) that was sent to the Yankees for Aroldis Chapman. Dan Vogelbach, along with Paul Blackburn, was traded to the Mariners for Mike Montgomery and Jordan Pries. Montgomery was on the mound and induced the grounder to Kris Bryant off the bat of Michael Martinez to end The World Series. Montgomery picked up his first career save after recording the biggest out in franchise history.
Two Cubs minor league affiliates won league championships this past season. Short-Season Eugene Emeralds won the Northwest League Championship. And High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans repeated as Carolina League Champions.
Cubs 2016 Organizational All-Stars
- Catcher – Ian Rice
- First Base – Yasiel Balaguert
- Second Base – Ian Happ
- Third Base – Jeimer Candelario
- Shortstop – Gleyber Torres
- Outfield – Donnie Dewees
- Outfield – Eloy Jimenez
- Outfield – John Andreoli
- Designated Hitter – Dan Vogelbach
- Left-Handed Starting Pitcher – Ryan Kellogg
- Right-Handed Starting Pitcher – Preston Morrison
- Reliever – Ryan McNeil
The noticeable omission is RHP Trevor Clifton, the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The Cubs have more pitching in the system than is recognized by many publications. Many of the high-end, projectable pitching prospects are in A-ball, which means they are several years away from helping the Cubs at the Major League level.
Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Manuel Rondon, Erling Moreno, Carson Sands, Justin Steele, Jose Paulino and Oscar De La Cruz are at the top of the list of pitchers that finished the season with either Short-Season Eugene or Low-A South Bend.
MiLB.com recognizes the best individual season by players in the organization, regardless of their age or prospect status.