Almora Versus Baez and Other Bullets

Everyone in the house has a sore throat, and The Little Girl’s daycare has a sign up about strep floating around among the kids … ruh roh …

  • As you know, Baseball Prospectus came out with its top 10 list of Cubs prospects earlier this week, and it had a bit of a surprise at the top, with Albert Almora taking the one-spot from Javier Baez. BP showed us a slice of discussion, behind the scenes, that goes into putting such a list together. Most of the discussion is a debate about Almora or Baez, with the top spot ultimately going to Almora because of his higher floor (i.e., less likely to completely flame out), even though Baez inarguably has the higher ceiling. Money quote? “Baez is a lunatic with a weapon.”
  • More on that prospect list: BN’er TC put together a recap of Jason Parks’ interview on the Score about the list from the other night. Among those thoughts: Kane County is going to be stacked next year, Dan Vobelbach has a MLB future, Jorge Soler won’t be in the minors for long (but needs to be challenged next year in High-A/AA so he can adjust), the pitching in the system is all about upside (and it’s “big”), and … impact is still far away. It’s all a good read, so check it out.
  • Keith Law chatted about mostly prospects, and his Cubs-related thoughts include: (1) Law suggests that many folks believe Albert Almora is now the superior center field prospect to Byron Buxton; (2) Jorge Soler is a possibility for 2014, but Javier Baez is not – “unless you want to see him knock himself over swinging at strike three 220 times that year”; (3) Matt Szczur will not be a big league center fielder, and Law says his AFL experience reinforces that; (4) Dan Vogelbach’s power is legit, but the rest of his game remains suspect; (5) non-prospect bit: adding Josh Hamilton, Ryan Dempster, and Shaun Marcum would not necessarily make the Cubs a contender.
  • There isn’t much here, but the Cubs have had a number of discussions with other teams and agents this week at the GM Meetings. That’s pretty much what folks do there.
  • USA Today with a 10,000 foot overview of the Cubs. Which, whatever; it’s Cubs-related reading.
  • Some Cubs are up for GIBBY Awards.
  • The MLBullets at BCB look at the Justin Upton trade situation. It really does sound like he’ll be moved this offseason.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

10 responses to “Almora Versus Baez and Other Bullets”

  1. EQ76

    “adding Josh Hamilton, Ryan Dempster, and Shaun Marcum would not necessarily make the Cubs a contender.”

    -no but we’d be a helluva lot better.

  2. Idaho Razorback

    Hurry up spring training. We got 6 inches of snow last nite.

  3. João Lucas

    Brett, have you seen Fangraphs also put together a top 15 Cubs prospects list? I don’t think I’ve seen it mentioned anywhere around here yet.

  4. Cub Fan Dan

    “Law suggests that many folks believe Albert Almora is now the superior center field prospect to Byron Buxton”

    Damn! I guess the baseball experts weren’t kidding when they said the Cubs even liked Almora 1st overall. Nice job Jason McLeod.

  5. TonyP

    That BP article is a very informative read…

  6. TonyP

    I’m curious to see where Baez/Almora/Solar end up on the Top 100 list!!

  7. cubchymyst

    My favorite part about the John Parks interview was “You’re gonna get Almora.” That just speaks of how high of a floor he has. Though nothing is certain, it does make having 2 or 3 out of the current top 5 prospects making a long term impact much more hopeful.