The Cubs landed 6 players on Baseball America’s Northwest League Top 20 List. The Cubs affiliate in that league is Boise, which made the finals but lost 2 games to 1 for the second straight year. The players who qualified are:
1. Kris Bryant
7. Paul Blackburn
9. Yasiel Balaguert
10. Dillon Maples
12. Shawon Dunston, Jr.
17. Kevin Encarnacion
That is roughly the order I had them in when I did my original top 50 (which I later morphed into a top 75 depth chart). I actually had Maples slightly ahead of Balaguert.
Among the interesting notes is that Encarnacion spent 3 years in the DSL because of visa issues. Many of us had wondered why he stayed there so long despite performing extremely well.
Yasiel Balaguert was compared to a young Pedro Guerrero and I saw another comparison earlier to Edwin Encarnacion.
Blackburn projects as a 3 pitch, #3 type starter and said Bryant was still a “puppy” who will get bigger and stronger — not that is a scary thought for opposing pitchers.
Filed under: Top Prospects Lists