Yesterday, Baseball America revealed its midseason top 50 prospect update, and, as it was with Baseball Prospectus’s update, the Cubs are well-represented.
All of The Big Three made the cut, with Jorge Soler at 18, Albert Almora at 16 (with Dylan Bundy sandwiched in between, for what that’s worth), and Javier Baez all the way up at number 10. I’m not sure I can remember the last time the Cubs had three positional players in the consensus top 50 in the game, let alone top 20 (or 30, if you ask BP).
Having 3 of the top 18 prospects in the game is fantastic for the future of the organization. Remember, these guys aren’t merely being relied upon as future contributors as the Cubs, but they are theoretical trade chips that can be used for big league pieces (and the better they’re regarded, the more value they have).
And if you read Luke’s Minor League Daily today, you know that it gets even better. BA’s Jim Callis, in response to a question about draft pick quality, suggested that – at least in his opinion – top Cubs draft pick Kris Bryant, when he signs this week, will become the Cubs’ best prospect. Given how closely The Big Four are going to be bunched, it’s really hard to say who is the best of the lot. Even if it isn’t Bryant, he figures to fall at least somewhere in the middle of the group.
That means, when Bryant signs this week – and he will – the Cubs will have 4 of the top 31 prospects in baseball, according to BP, and 4 of the top 19 prospects in baseball, according to BA.