I don't think I've ever seen this many prospects on the same team, at least as far as the Cubs are concerned. Baseball America just came out with it's top 20 prospects for the Northwest League, home to everyone's favorite minor league team, the Boise Hawks. There were 7 Cubs prospects on the list, including 4 in the top 10. They would have had at least one more had Albert Almora had enough ABs to qualify. He may have even ranked first.
Here is how Cub prospects ranked on the list...
2: Dan Vogelbach
6. Marco Hernandez
7. Jeimer Candelario
9. Gioskar Amaya
15. Stephen Bruno
16. Trey Martin
17. Tayler Scott
There are scouting reports which are only available to subscribers. But here's the skinny...
- Vogelbach was not just lauded for his power, but also for his ability as a hitter. They also used the word "mash" as I can't help but do when I talk about Vogelbach. It just fits, I guess.
- Buckner considered Hernandez the most improved hitter by the end of the year.
- Candelario was lauded for his all-around hitting ability, of course, but also for his good attitude.
- Amaya profiles as a table setter and his defense is fine at 2B.
- Buckner was amazed by Bruno's ability to make consistent hard contact. Defense is solid at multiple positions.
- Martin's CF defense is already MLB level. Needs to shorten swing.
- Scott profiles as a back of the rotation starter right now, but still has some projection left. Could be more.
- C Wilson Contreras nearly made the list too, which means the entire Boise lineup either made it, didn't have enough ABs (Almora), or just missed (Contreras). Contreras was called raw but with "loud tools".
- Speaking of Almora, it was said that he would have ranked 2nd had he qualified.
- Bruno has a chance to skip Kane County and go to Daytona. He can be either a starter or super utility guy long term.
- Vogelbach will not make the top 100.
- Jose Arias was at 93-95 but did not show much else.
So, hope to see some more of you at Kane County this year! All of these guys should be there.
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