Baseball Prospectus finally released its top 101 prospect list for 2013 today, and on it are the four Chicago Cubs prospects whom you’ve become accustomed to seeing: Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, and Arodys Vizcaino.
Notable, though, is the order of the prospects, and the altitude of their ranking. Almora shows up first on the list at number 18. We knew that Almora would be first for the Cubs, as he was the top prospect on BP’s top ten list for the Cubs. But that number 18 ranking – yowsa. That’s extremely high praise, and, for a frame of reference, puts him just behind top pitching prospects Shelby Miller and Tyler Skaggs.
Javier Baez is just behind Almora at number 20, and Jorge Soler is 36 (one spot ahead of Nick Castellanos). Arodys Vizcaino rounds out the Cubs’ entrants at number 54, one of his highest rankings.
It’s another good showing for the Cubs’ top prospects, and a reminder of how well regarded they are in the prospect game. On the knowledge that these rankings, in large part, originate with scouts and development executives, the rankings are also a reminder of how well regarded these prospects are in baseball at large.