Baseball America just released its top 100 prospect list for 2014. As with all other prospect lists this winter, it's a Cubs-saturated one.
The Cubs checked in with seven in the top 100, including Javier Baez (5), Kris Bryant (8), C.J. Edwards (28), Albert Almora (36), Jorge Soler (41), Pierce Johnson (87) and Arismendy Alcantara (100).
Here's a quick look at Cubs on BA's top 100 list from the previous five years:
2013: Baez (16), Almora (33), Soler (34), Arodys Vizcaino (83)
2012: Brett Jackson (32), Anthony Rizzo (47), Baez (61), Matt Szczur (64)
2011: Chris Archer (27), Jackson (38), Trey McNutt (48),
2010: Starlin Castro (16), Josh Vitters (70), Jackson (74), Andrew Cashner (95), Jay Jackson (98)
2009: Vitters (51), Jeff Samardzija (79)
Every prospect list you see is obviously very subjective and, more or less, is constructed to give the fans a benchmark of where players in their favorite team's system rank relative to the rest of baseball.
Guys on past lists like Anthony Rizzo, Chris Archer, Andrew Cashner and Starlin Castro have already proven they belong at the big league level, but others, such as Trey McNutt and Jay Jackson, will ultimately see their stock plummet .
These lists are for FUN, and the people who put them together work their tails off every year to compile them.
My biggest issue with fans over these lists is how some -- not all, but some -- feel that the Cubs' new bundle of prospects will fizzle out because guys like Szczur and McNutt haven't panned out. Or, going back further, Felix Pie or Mark Pawelek. Or even further than that, Brooks Kieschnick or David Kelton. And yes, I did just make a David Kelton reference (and likely made you think about him for the first time in a decade).
The seven Cubs prospects on this year's list are the most since Baseball America started their annual rankings.
You're right: we don't specifically how each one of them will turn out. However, all the Cubs can continue to do is stack the deck in their favor and give themselves the best chance to finally scoop that one big pot.
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