Yesterday we learned that Law had ranked the Cubs as the 5th best farm system in baseball. Today we get a peek at his top 100 and there are 4 Cubs on the list. They're the guys we pretty much expected:
- #31 Javier Baez
- #33 Albert Almora
- #42 Jorge Soler
- #64 Arodys Vizcaino
Some may have expected Baez to be higher on the list but Law has him roughly on par with CF Albert Almora. The top 3 prospects once again cracked the top 50 overall but Law, as we did expect, still had Vizcaino rated highly despite the injury, ranking him #64 overall. He had him at #12 last year.
Edit (10:58 AM): Jeimer Candelario made Law's list of 10 who just missed. (h/t North Side Irish)
Here are a few key points on each of the players...
- May have the best bat speed in the minors but needs to improve his plate discipline.
- Plus-plus raw power
- Has the arm, agility, and instincts to stay at SS. The only question is whether he outgrows the position.
- Thinks he could be a 30 HR SS or stall out at AA but Law would bet on the former
- Natural CF with outstanding instincts and above average arm
- Has plenty of hip rotation for power without having to sacrifice ability to make contact
- Needs to show more patienc
- His ceiling is as a high-average hitter with plus defense in center and 20 home runs
- Not a typical looking power hitter. He's a wiry, athletic outfielder with explosive hands at the plate, starting them high and deep but getting them moving so quickly that he has no trouble catching up to good velocity.
- Notes he struck out only 19 times in 34 games despite long layoff before signing
- Should get to AA this year
- Peak is as above average everyday RF who should hit 25-30
- Electric stuff, a top-of-the-rotation arsenal with a lightning-quick arm. 92-96 mph FB (peak 98), with hard, 2-plane break curveball with slider velocity.
- Needs work on command of his change-up but shows good arm speed. Needs reps to develop good feel for it.
- Needs to stay healthy
- Could pitch relief in 2013 with joining the starting rotation by mid 2014 as a realistic goal.
Jeimer Candelario (Edit 10:58 am)
- Has chance to stay at 3B but won't be a plus there, so he has to hit.
- Great rhythm and a smooth swing at the plate.
- Loosely compares to Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval
- The top 5 are Jurickson Profar, Oscar Tavares, Dylan Bundy, Wil Myers, and Xander Bogaerts.
- Law ranked Francisco Lindor, whom I did a comparison/contrast with Javier Baez at #7. That is a much bigger significant gap between the two than we're used to seeing.
- Mike Olt ranks #71 and so would be the Cubs 5th rated prospect if they were able to acquire him. LHP Martin Perez was #93. Those were the two players rumored to have been heading for Garza before the deadline last year.
- Hak-Ju Lee who ranked #7 just two years ago, a ranking which I ripped right here on this blog, is back to a more plausible #78. Chris Archer is #53.
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