Baseball Prospectus Cubs' Top Ten
Baseball Prospectus came out with their sketch of the top 10 Cubs Prospects. You can read it here. It's important to remember that these rankings are snapshots in time; they are a view of a specific thought process frozen in place by the constraints of deadlines and a rankings system. Opinions can change as evidenced by Jason Parks' want to rank Javier Baez over Byron Buxton as the top prospect in all of baseball despite what's gone to print with the BPro Annual.
Based on recent conversations w/ industry sources, I think ranking Javier Baez #4 overall in MiLB is going to look foolish. Case for #1.
— Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks) January 21, 2014
Regarding the Cubs list itself there are a few interesting takeaways. Albert Almora is seen as a better prospect than Jorge Soler at this point. Soler's tools might be louder but at this point the sum of Almora's parts paired with an "impact hit tool" make the case for the young centerfielder. Arismendy Alcantara added some helium to his stock as he rose to #6 on this list. He went unranked in 2013 but it's clear that he's broken out in a big way. Jeimer Candelario also makes the list at #10 after being an "On The Rise" candidate. He has an interesting profile in that he's a big body with a questionable power tool that looks to be less about HRs and more about power.
The list is worth reading if you want to plop down for a subscription, but that about ends my advertisement for the day.
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Masahiro Tanaka is a Yankee and that's how I feel about it.
For you fantasy junkies out there, Razzball interviewed me for a Cubs fantasy preview, you can read it here. it was a fun, albeit slightly depressing exercise. Mike's worth a follow as well. The one amendment I would make is this: Baez might, might, be a 2B when it's all said and done after all.