Cubs, White Sox Prospects Ranked By MLB

Cubs, White Sox Prospects Ranked By MLB

On Tuesday, MLB.com released their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball.

Over the coming couple weeks, the plan to release the top 20 prospects for each organization.

Four prospects from the Chicago Cubs and White Sox organizations made the list. Three Cubs prospects and one Sox prospect were named, an honor for each.

Below are the four players that made the list, and a brief piece of what was said about each.

Cubs logo16. Javier Baez, SS, Cubs
DOB: 12/1/1992
The Cubs' first round pick (ninth overall) in 2011, Baez was ranked the third-best shortstop prospect in baseball.

"Baez has plus bat speed that should allow him to hit for a ton of power and average, especially if he can refine his approach and gain better plate discipline. Many were ready to move Baez to third right away, but he showed some ability at shortstop, with a very good arm and good hands. His instincts allow his average speed to play up on both sides of the ball. Even if he has to move to third, his bat should profile just fine there."

Cubs logo39. Albert Almora, OF, Cubs
DOB: 04/16/1994
Almora, selected by the Cubs in the first round (sixth overall) in 2012, was ranked the ninth-best outfield prospect in baseball.

"While he's not the biggest guy on the field, he has surprising pop and should grow into decent power down the road. Almora is an excellent defensive center fielder with good range and a strong arm. Beyond his physical skills, Almora's top tools are his instincts and his makeup, both of which are off the charts and allow his already-impressive abilities play up even more."

Cubs logo42. Jorge Soler, OF, Cubs
DOB: 02/25/1992
Soler, signed as a free agent by the Cubs last year, came in just a few spots behind Almora.

"While Soler is young, he has a very good approach at the plate with good discipline. His plus bat speed gives him the ability to drive the ball to all fields and he has significant raw power. A solid runner, Soler has an above-average arm, giving him both the offensive and defensive profile for a prototypical right fielder."

sox logo68. Courtney Hawkins, OF, White Sox
DOB: 11/12/1993
The White Sox drafted Hawkins in the first round (13th overall) in 2012.

"Hawkins can turn on any fastball and has at least above-average raw power to all fields. With the power comes a lot of swing and miss and he will have to refine his approach at the plate to have continued success and be a better all-around hitter. His above-average speed works well on the basepaths and in center field for now, though he may end up getting pushed to a corner as he matures. The arm that could throw 90-mph fastballs from the mound would look just fine in right field, as would his profile as a power-hitting run producer in the future."

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