Baseball America released it's top 10 list yesterday and there is one major surprise...
- Javier Baez
- Kris Bryant
- C.J. Edwards
- Albert Almora
- Jorge Soler
- Pierce Johnson
- Arismendy Alcantara
- Jeimer Candelario
- Dan Vogelbach
- Arodys Vizcaino
The surprise is the high ranking of C.J. Edwards. That's not to say Edwards is not a very good prospect but ranking him ahead of Almora and Soler raised a few eyebrows. For me Almora is a lock top 3 guy and if you put emphasis on floor, position value, and defense, you can even make a case for him as the Cubs top prospect overall.
John Manuel, who wrote this year's version in the absence of Jim Callis, who left for MLB.com, admitted in his chat that he just has a huge man crush on Edwards and probably has him rated higher than most.
I don't have any qualms with the rest of the list, but that was one surprise that jumped out at me.
Other interesting rankings...
- Jacob Hanneman was ranked as the Cubs fastest runner and best athlete, categories normally pinned down by Matt Szczur.
- Kyle Hendricks didn't make the top 10 (he is in top 20 somewhere) but is considered to have the best command and best change-up in the system.
- Will Remilliard is the Cubs best defensive catcher.
- Almora and Baez got the edge over Bryant in the categories of best hitter for average and best power hitter, respectively. Jeimer Candelario rated as the hitter with the best strike zone discipline.
- Edwards rated as the pitcher with the best fastball and curveball while Johnson's slider ranked as the best in the system.
- Both international signings Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres came close to making the top 10.
- 7 or 8 of the Cubs top 10 may make BAs top 100.
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