Category: Top Prospects Lists

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 2 Scouting Reports

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 2 Scouting Reports
Last week I released my prospect rankings including an organizational watch list of well over one hundred players. It also included my full scouting report on the Cubs lone Tier 1 prospect, Jose Albertos. Today, I examine the next tier of prospects, comprised of five potential mid-rotation starters and three position players capable of securing long term everyday... Read more »

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings
I write this first installment of the Cubs Den Offseason Prospect Rankings series with a heavy heart. John graciously accepted my input over the past three years when compiling these lists and even allowed me to write some of the reports. As Cubs Den expanded and more writers have joined the site, John migrated more... Read more »

2017 Midseason Cubs Prospect Rankings - Tier 3 and Just Missed

2017 Midseason Cubs Prospect Rankings - Tier 3 and Just Missed
Tier 3 – BOR | LIR | Average or Semi-Regular  Charcer Burks | R | OF | 22 | 6’0″ 185 | 2013 (9th) |   Hit: 40/50, Disipline: 50/50, Power: 40/40, Run: 50/50, Defense: 50/60, Arm: 50/50 Added size and strength this year Translated to increased extra base power and more consistent hard contact Plate discipline has... Read more »
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2017 Midseason Cubs Prospect Rankings - Tiers 1 and 2

2017 Midseason Cubs Prospect Rankings - Tiers 1 and 2
UPDATE: I have fixed the formatting issue so the full list should now be viewable on mobile devices. I’ve never been much for numerical rankings. It leaves far too much open for interpretation and misrepresentation while also lacking key information that makes prospect comparisons difficult, not just between players within the same system, but especially... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Hitters

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Hitters
If I had taken a poll before opening day and asked fans to pick three prospects that would have the most impact over the first month of the season I’m sure Jeimer Candelario would have been a popular choice. However, I don’t believe that Charcer Burks or Jason Vosler would have been included in many... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Statistical Review - The Pitchers

Cubs Prospect Statistical Review - The Pitchers
The Minor League Baseball season begins next Thursday. I know I am weird, but I get just as stoked for that kick off as I do for the Major League season (and in many a down year in Cubs history actually more so). So once again it is time to take a quick look back... Read more »
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Cubs Prospect Statistical Review - The Hitters

Cubs Prospect Statistical Review - The Hitters
I received plenty of positive feedback regarding the statistical updates for the top prospects throughout last season so I will continue to deliver them to you in the coming year as well. Before we move forward however and focus on any improvements we would like to see I thought now would be a good opportunity to review where these... Read more »

Cubs Top Prospects: 1-4

Cubs Top Prospects: 1-4
We finally get to the top 4 and at least 2 of these names should not be a surprise, but they’re both hitters and Cubs fans have to be getting pretty spoiled about how the Cubs draft and develop hitters.  The development that might be more exciting for some is that two of them are... Read more »

Cubs Top Prospects: 5 - 8

Cubs Top Prospects: 5 - 8
There is still one high ceiling high risk player and he shows up at #8, but after that we’re getting down to the prospects with higher probability of becoming major league regulars. 8. Jose Albertos Position: Pitcher Bats/Throws: R/R Age: 18 Last level reached: Rookie (AZL) Albertos just turned 18 last month.  He’s also coming... Read more »
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Top Cubs Prospects: 9-12

Top Cubs Prospects: 9-12
So one thing I wanted to clarify is that although this is just a Top 16 list in terms of rankings, I plan on making this the deepest in-person list I have made to date.  I have had the good fortune of living in close proximity to Sloan Field and I have seen just about... Read more »