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baez almora solerYesterday, 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.

  • MichiganGoat

    Yeah but If Tidrow was GM we’d have 20 in the top 20.

    • hansman1982

      No, we’d have 37 in the top 20 plus another 15 hiding in his stache.

      • jt

        and if Ditka was the the manager they could win The Super Bowl also.

        • hansman1982

          If Tidrow were the GM and Ditka were the manager…we’d still be in the top-of the first against the Pirates on Opening Day with no outs. They’d have to disband the Cubs because of the awesomeness of those two stache’s.

          • frank

            If Tidrow were the GM and Ditka the manager, there would be no more major league baseball. Every other team would quit in fear.

  • Tyler

    Theo & Jed have been here for less than 2 years, and we’re a week away from having 4 of the best prospects in all of baseball.

    In considering that, along with the Rizzo trade, the Marshall trade, the platoons, the free agent signings that were flipped for prospects, I’d say they’ve done a pretty good job.

    • MichiganGoat

      BUT 100 LOSS SEASONS! Harriston was a bust, EJax sucks, Baker is injured, Marmol, Camp, Sveum, MARMOL,Castro… WE SUCK. Move to the burbs and fire the FO

      Did I cover everything?

      • jh03

        You forgot the Colvin trade…

        • MichiganGoat

          IAN STEWART! Man how easy is it to forget about him.

          • Bric

            MG, you listed Marmol twice. Is that a accident or are you saying he’s twice a disaster? (I can see it either way).

            • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

              MARMOL and I guess I should throw in an extra CASTRO… oh and of course Volstad but that one was a win for me because we go rid of El Toro Loco

              • Jay

                The Colvin trade is about their only real whiff. That and EJax. But, the 100 loss seasons we knew were part of the deal when they committed to this approach. FO was very transparent about that.

          • jh03

            Right?!

            And, of course, Volstad too! Man, I sound like a hater for reminding you of these things! haha.

      • EQ76

        yes, you covered everything and even put Marmol in there twice to make it look even worse.

      • On The Farm

        Didn’t trade Garza last season when he was more valuable, gave Castro a big contract and he isn’t even hitting .240, didn’t get any prospects for Feldman. Ian Stewart again (because besides the fact they traded for him, they still brought him back for a second season, what idiots!)

      • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

        The Colvin trade as of now he is the 4th or 5th outfielder for the Rockies after just getting called up from AAA a few weeks ago that is more than the Cubs got out of Stewart glad you pointed that great Cub fan disappointment out. Did you cover everything? Wood trade += ALLSTAR.

        • On The Farm

          Think your missing the sarcasm here..

          • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

            Your right

          • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

            Yeah it happens… I got sleep last night so my sarcasm is sharper today.

            SO IN CASE ANYONE IS CONFUSED – THIS IS SARCASM. I agree the FO has done a great job, but I wanted get ahead of the regular complaints is one swift stroke.

      • Jp3

        You missed if they’d just have benched Castro for a game he’d be a .300 hitter easily

      • In Theo We Trust

        I love how you can take something so positive 3 prospects in the top 20 and the 4th on the way…What team has that, or ever has, and when have the cubs ever had that. I don’t understand the Garza argument (he got hurt nothing you can do there). The Feldman deal is still to early to tell. I think this will turn out good. I will ask what power arms do they have (Shark) on there team especially in the bullpen and now they have 2 from the Orioles. One Bullpen One Starter. I could list many more things but I think people have covered it. When they start making the playoffs consistently please pick a new team to cheer for because we don’t need you. Become a Cardinals fan..Just wait the fun is coming.

        • Kyle

          “I love how you can take something so positive 3 prospects in the top 20 and the 4th on the way…What team has that, or ever has, and when have the cubs ever had that.”

          The Astros have that. The Cardinals are close, and seeing as how they have the No. 2 overall, I’d say their three are better than our four. The Pirates are pretty close as well.

          In 2002, the Cubs had two of the top 6, five of the top 50 and seven of the top 80 in 2002.

      • cubswin

        What about Marmol sucking?I’ve enjoyed the hell out of reading the blogs here. Maybe Marmol should grow a stache like Ditka, its evident that no one is afraid of his slider.

      • stockdale

        Ur a jk 40 and 48 with wat we got is pretty good. U dont know baseball .

        • TWC

          You don’t know sarcasm. Or English, apparently.

        • Falselife

          I think you are a bit late to the party, these stopped being serious points long ago.

    • CubsFanSaxMan

      I’ve constantly heard from Brett & Sahadev on the awesome Podcast that prospects are, and I quote, “a crap shoot.”. So, hope for the best but don’t hold your breath.

    • Scotti

      Re. Rizzo:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cashnan01.shtml?mobile=false

      That jury is out on that.

      Re. 4 top 20 prospects:

      Baez = Hendry

      Soler = $30M (you had better get that right)

      Bryant = #2 overall that you lost, in large part, an entire MLB season for (you’d better get that right)

      Almora = good scouting but lack of patience, BB/K and possible fragility (3 unique injuries in half a season) are all dents in his armor (still, a good guy to have w/ high floor due to defense and decent upside due to BA)

      I LIKE Theo and his team. I just don’t see the argument that these 4 guys + Rizzo show that the FO is special…

  • TWC

    “Given how closely The Big Four are going to be bunched, it’s really hard to say who is the best of the lot.”

    Not if you’re BluBlud!

    • JulioZuleta

      Vogelbach, easy.

      • Spriggs

        No, Dunston.

    • Mr. B. Patient

      Good for BluBlud.

    • King Jeff

      No, he still has a hard time choosing between Jeffrey and Javier Baez. That was your big four right? Baez, Baez, Soler, and Almora?

      • MichiganGoat

        Don’t forget Campy is still number ONE

      • hansman1982

        No, Almora isn’t in the discussion, he’s just gonna be a so-so guy. Baez, Soler, Vogelbach, Szczur (since he is Campana-lite)

    • Jp3

      Blublud isn’t even here to defend himself… Oh well I’ll try, “Javier plays a premium position and makes Glanallan Hill’s HR that hit the building look like my kid sister was hitting”. 😝 That about right BLublud?

  • EricR

    It would be nice if these guys all ended up in a Cubs uniform but sadly that’s probably not likely.

    • Mr. B. Patient

      True, but if these 4 turn into 3 above average players (either them or who we receive in trade), then we will be in fine position. That’s why I would be hesitant to trade 2 of them for a Stanton or Price, because then the remaining two would have to produce.

  • mister_rob

    Cardinals have #2, 12, 24, and 47
    Pirates have #11, 13, and 39
    Reds have a couple in there too

    Its going to take more than prospects to get us to the top of this division. At some point, we might have to go out and obtain a real major league difference maker somehow

    • Chad

      At one point in time all big league difference makers were prospects. You don’t know which ones in the cubs organization will be difference makers, good players, or busts.

    • Mr. B. Patient

      Two things have to happen here’
      1). Luck. Our guys stay healthy and continue to develop, theirs don’t (not wishing injury on anyone, but they happen), and
      2). Using our ‘big market’ advantages. Signing the right free agents when the time is right.

      Plus, we are probably getting a top 5 pick in 2014, and probably, at a minimum, a top 10 pick in 2015.

      • Eternal Pessimist

        I’m gonna guess we aren’t going to get such a high pick in 2015. The plan is coming together well.

    • cubzfan23

      How about Cano for a difference maker!

    • ssckelley

      The Cubs are in a strong division with quality organizations but the Cubs are the only large market team in the division. So if the Cubs can match up with the other teams with quality farm systems their payroll should be able to push them over the top. Teams like Pittsburgh and Milwaukee cannot sustain this level of success unless they can matchup perfectly with what Tampa Bay is doing otherwise every 3 or 4 years they will have to rebuild. St Louis and Cincinnati will be the Cubs main contenders as they can afford a decent payroll.

      • Toby

        Pittsburgh has a heck of a farm system in place right now. I don’t see them being out of gas for a long time.

        • JBlades

          Yeah, but eventually you have to pay those prospects if you want to keep them and they can’t do that.

          • Kyle

            They can still manage a few years of relevance. Something like the Brewers recently had.

  • Tim

    If the other guys luke mentioned like vogelbach, alacantra, Johnson, panguia, and who we get for garza continue to produce, within a year or so I think it’s definitely possible to have 10 in the top 100

    • Mr. B. Patient

      And don’t sleep on Blackburn and Rob ‘Z’ to make it at the end of next year. But for my money, wouldn’t mind seeing Bryant and Soler not on the Top 100 list after next season (because would love to see them graduate to the big club).

      • On The Farm

        At this point Baez is closer because he has more ABs at AA. I think it would be smart for the FO to have Bryant and Soler in the minors for all(except maybe September and the MiLB season is over) of the season.

        • Mr. B. Patient

          I was thinking age, maturity, and approach, when I picked those two, but yes, Baez would be a possibility. Unless there are major injuries, I wouldn’t expect anything more than Sept call-ups. Ahhhh…to dream.

  • mudge

    Exciting stuff. They really are building for the long term.

  • bleedcbyblu

    Remember, they are just prospects and the Cubs are terrible!!! Pitching, Pitching, and more Pitching is what they need.

    • itzscott

      >> Pitching, Pitching, and more Pitching is what they need. <<

      Doesn't seem like it….. The Cubs have had pretty good pitching this year and look where it's gotten them.

      An offensive outburst here or there and some consistent clutch hitting and this would be a completely different season.

  • bleedcbyblu

    I remember when Feliz Pie was a can’t miss??? Corey Patterson was a 5 tool stud. Not trying to be a downer, but since when is building a farm system and the term “flippable assets” acceptable for a major organization in baseball. We are going to have 100 losses this year. I’m a die hard Cub fan that had to move to St. Louis for a job transfer. It kills me down here to hear all the fluff about the farm system. We need to get a competitive team fielded and make some noise in our division. Period!!!

    • On The Farm

      “since when is building a farm system and the term “flippable assets” acceptable for a major organization in baseball”

      Since trying to sign FA to big contracts under Jim Hendry proved to be an ineffective way to win.

      The way prospects are evaluated is different now.

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        “trying to sign FA to big contracts under Jim Hendry” I’d argue that baseball over the last couple of years has proven that to be the case with anyone. Isn’t that right Angels? The Tigers are the only team that hasn’t been burned yet by signing a massive contract in the last few years, but in five years it will be their albatross.

        • King Jeff

          They also built most of their team through the farm system or trading prospects for studs.

          • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

            exactly and this is what Theo & Co. are planning for right now. Build a foundation of homegrown talent, hope a couple of them become studs (Verlander), trade for a piece before he blossoms(Miggy) and then sign the big piece when you need it most. If the Cubs can do what the Tigers have done in the last 10 years I’ll be very happy.

            • miggy80

              Thanks MG, but I feel like I’m still blossoming!

              • hansman1982

                You are a delicate flower ready to bloom…

              • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                Your window is closed you are now in the wilting phase… drift way old blossom let the kids come in and play.

            • Dave

              So you’d be happy with no WS in the next 10 years?
              I would hope Jed and Theo are aiming higher than that.

        • Mr. B. Patient

          In 5 years, Detroit will only be able to afford three players. Cabrera, Fielder and Verlander.

          • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

            If they win the WS it will be worth it, thats the plan. If in 3-4 years we have a foundation like the Tigers and Ricketts gives Theo a blank check to sign whoever can get us over the hump I won’t be complaining… unless we lose ;)

            Tigers have gone all in with a very strong hand and just hopes that the river doesn’t turn the wrong way.

            • Mr. B. Patient

              Yep Soriano was signed along those lines. Hendry thought the 2007-2010 part of the contract would provide a championship, and the rest would be a burden. Well, we got the burden part.

              • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                Its a risk you have to take, we had a window and it failed.

                • Mr. B. Patient

                  I didn’t mind the risk, and hope they have a chance in a few years to sign that ‘one missing piece’, whoever it is. (besides, it’s not my money).

              • King Jeff

                No, not really. Hendry offered Soriano less dollars and years, and was rumored to be trumped by his own front office giving Soriano even more years. He was signed to increase the value of the team before the sale, not solely to improve the team. The thought was that his contract would be a burden on the new owners down the road, but would help make a bigger profit when the team was sold.

                • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                  Mission accomplished.

                • Mr. B. Patient

                  That covers the 2013 and 2014 seasons (if those rumors are true). They still would have been over payed for 2011 and 2012. But, like MichiganGoat said, they went for it, it failed. Oh well.

                • Jay

                  That’s exactly what happened. Soriano was not really Hendry’s handiwork.

        • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

          Agree, except the in five years may be like in two years!

        • On The Farm

          My point is all the way back to the 2006 Cardinals, I can only think of one team (Yankees) that won a WS with a bulk of their talent not being homegrown. You may be able to go farther back, but thats about all the farther you need to see how important it is to stock up the farm system with talent. The quickest way to do that is stripping the team down to almost nothing.

          • King Jeff

            Even that Yankees team had a ton of homegrown talent. Cano, Jeter, Rivera, Hughes, Chamberlain, Posada, Pettite.

            • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

              Yeah getting Jeter, Rivera, Posada, Pettite is a nice collection of talent to grow a team with.

          • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

            Agree with the larger point. You cannot buy a championship unless you have developed a great amount of home grown talent. This is exactly what Theo is focused on right now. The big signings will come later.

    • miggy80

      Sounds like you need a new job.

    • Mr. B. Patient

      It’s fine not to be a fan of the rebuild. And yes, most prospects never make it big, if they make it at all. remember this though, not all prospects will be stars, but all stars were once prospects.
      I’m not saying what Theo/Jed are doing is going to work, I just think they have a plan and are sticking to it. They’ll spend and make big trades when the right players are there.

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        The other thing with having great prospects is it allows you to trade for other players, I’m expecting two of the big four will be traded in the next couple of years for pieces that are proven.

        • Mr. B. Patient

          If 3 of the big 4 turn into above average players (either on their own or by trade) we will be in good shape. We can’t forget, these are not ‘pop-up’ guys. These are all top 10 draft choices (or the equivalent, in the case of Soler), so their success rate is probably near 75%.

    • cubchymyst

      Every like to bring up these guys, but I wonder how much sabermetrics have affected prospect rankings in the past 10 years. There is likely a different emphasis on tools and actual numbers now then there was 10 years ago.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        I would state that there is a greater emphasis on true tools now and less emphasis on numbers that are less tightly correlated with true tools (e.g, batting average, RBI, errors) than on those that are (K-rates, BB-rates, HR-rates, fielding range, etc.).

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          What my baseball cards LIE… BA and RBI are part of the Triple Crown! You damn robots always trying to use math in a meaningful way.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            And you goats keep trying to chew my shiny metal ass. (It’s violating my warranty!)

            • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

              WE NEED IRON TO STAY STRONG… Hay is for horses. WE NEED ROBOT MEAT!

            • DocPeterWimsey

              Eh, it works out for us: ever few goats, we grab one and sell the bezoars to alternative medicine nut-jobs. That pays for the new ass plus some to spare!

              • DarthHater

                Great. Robot nerds.

        • cubchymyst

          Here is an article I looked at awhile ago about BA top 100 players

          • cubchymyst

            http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2013/6/3/4386214/how-well-does-the-baseball-america-prospect-top-100-estimate-the-top

            Here is the summary:
            …but the biggest takeaway is the second one: nearly 80% of the top 100 players in recent seasons were ranked in the top 100 by Baseball America. Of all the talk about failure rates (12% of prospects don’t even get to the majors, only 69% fail to put up a career WAR over 10), the fine folks at BA are really good at finding the top players.

            • hansman1982

              It’s a “Square-Rectangle Analogy”

              Top prospects don’t always become top players but top players usually need to be a top prospect.

              • cubchymyst

                Yeah, but my point is that prospects are likely ranked differently today then 10 years ago and BA has been improving. For the past 6 years the largest percentage of the TOP 100 players where ranked in the top 20. Before 2007 the players ranked 21-40 made up the largest percentage of the top 100 players.

            • JB88

              I found this to be one of the most hope-inducing lines of the article:

              “The top 20 prospects are the elite ones and everyone else is just trying to catch up.”

              *Swoon*

    • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

      Two prospects, Patterson and Pie over many years this new FO is bent on flooding the system give them 2-3 more years.

  • Cubman

    I think the differnce between these 4 propects and ones in the past is that we now have 4 high impact prospects. In the past we usually didn’t have more than one or two high impact prospects at one time. They won’t all come through, but the more high impact prospects you have, your odds of getting some accross the finish line is greater.

    • SenorGato

      I agree. This isn’t David Kelton or Nic Jackson, these are tippy top amateur prospects doing what is expected of them under the same organization.

      Plus nonehas the huge and obvious flaws of Pie and Patterson.

      • On The Farm

        Except Baez does buy into the whole strikeouts are a good thing philosphy

      • Edwin

        Pie had obvious flaws in the minors?

      • Cedlandrum

        Hey Nic Jackson was a fine prospect. He was legit, he just tore up his shoulder and wasn’t the same after that. He was a good CF, could run, throw and had good gap power and would have developed HR power as he got older. It was a shame, but that is the prospect game. You can’t predict injury. He still plays Ind. ball. I check his stats every year and he still can hit a bit.

  • Andrew

    Not to nitpick, but this list doesn’t include Appel, or any of the other 2013 draftees, so some of those rankings could go down. Gray and Appel were both higher than Bryant according to BA so all of those Cubs rankings would go down at least 3 spots. Never the less 4 prospects in the top 21 prospects is pretty sweet.

  • BluBlud

    It’s good to see that someone sees that Baez is our top prospect. As for the 3 SS’s that are in front of him, I could make a legitimate argument that Baez has more star potential than any of them with maybe the exception of Bogearts. Bogearts is a monster, though i think Baez has more power potential. It good to see all 3 ranked in the top 20, and it’s also good to see I’m not the only one who thinks Baez is a top 10 prospect.

    • Andrew

      of the top 4 shortstops he’s also the most likely to bust, but what am i doing arguing with you…

      • On The Farm

        Are you kidding me? He has only struck out three times in AA this year! If he can maintain that rate no way he busts

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          DAMN IT THEO CALL HIM UP NOW! TRADE AWAY CASTRO FOR A BUCKET OF BALL!

          • On The Farm

            WOULDNT IT BE SO AWESOME TO CALL UP ALL THE PROSPECTS TO GIVE THE FANS SOMETHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT? DO IT NOW THEO!

            • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

              ESPECIALLY ALL THE 16 INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS… TRY TO GET THE YOUNG FANBASE TO SWARM TO WRIGLEY BECAUSE WE HAVE THE NEXT BEIBER

              • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                16 YEAR OLD PROSPECTS… TOO FLUSTERED TO WRITE CLEARLY… OR WE CAN CREATE THE NEXT BOY BAND WITH OUR NEW SIGNINGS… “ONE DIRECTION TO THE WORLD SERIES”

                i really need to stop teaching middle school… they corrupt the brain…

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        I also suspect that Baez will be the first prospect we trade away. Blu just can’t catch a break all his idols keep being traded away. Hang in there buddy.

      • SenorGato

        Why am I taking Correa over Baez there?

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Riddikulus!

  • Werner

    This will be like throwing a memo into a wood chipper but I don’t think, even after the sell-off, that we will lose 100 games. We are building the farm system and improving, slightly, on the field.

    • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

      Agree and they do it again the next two years as the Cub crosses over to the plus side!

  • Sinnycal

    Just a nitpick, but I don’t remember seeing Appel on BA’s list. If you slot both him and Bryant into the top 20, that would make Soler 20 on the dot.

    Still, that’s a fifth of the top 20 prospects in baseball. And I personally like that they’re all position prospects. I know it’s generally perceived as a weakness that the system has no top-shelf arms, but I like that all of our best chips are of the safer variety.

    That said, with increasing chatter about the Dbacks wanting Shark, could you just imagine this system if we got Bradley and Skaggs from them? That’d be 6 of the top 20 prospects in baseball and we’d suddenly go from having no top pitching prospects to having the best one in baseball.

    • JJ

      BA kept off any 2013 draftees, so Appel, Bryant, and possibly Gray could all move into top 20, which would push Soler and others down.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        WHAT-ever, dudes. Harshing my buzz.

        • On The Farm

          No worries, the Cubs players have the famous sixth belly fire tool, which would make it impossible for Gray to be ranked above them. Appel had some belly fire which is why most of the FO wanted to draft him so he MIGHT be ranked ahead of our big 4.

        • Mr. B. Patient

          Don’t be sads, man. Taveras will graduate and become a star for the Cards, so Jorge will stay in the top 20. (Does this make you feel better or worse?)

    • Kyle

      But our MLB team would suck even worse. Having the best farm system is not the endgame here.

      • Sinnycal

        Under that scenario, I think you try to keep Garza. Since he’s only been on the team for a handful of starts this season to this point and Skaggs can immediately slot into the rotation, you’re probably not much worse off than at any other point in the season, plus now you have the best pitching prospect in baseball.

  • BD

    This is cool, but shouldn’t be that surprising. Given two top-6 picks and a pile of international money, most teams could’ve bagged 3 prospects that rank this high. It’s more impressive to me the depth of guys that appear to be players that we shouldn’t forget about.

    It would seem that with the moves at this trade deadline, the “old Cubs” should be torn down and the foundation of prospects should be pretty well set to start building.

    • King Jeff

      “Given two top-6 picks and a pile of international money, most teams could’ve bagged 3 prospects that rank this high”

      The Astros beg to differ.

      • Mr. B. Patient

        No, they don’t spend on the IFA market, but when everything shakes out, they will have Correa, Appel and Springer. That’s not a bad nucleus.

      • BD

        The Astros have had similarly high picks result in Springer/Correa/Appel which ranks somewhat similarly to Baez/Almora/Bryant.

        I don’t think the Astros have the same budget to be able to sign someone like Soler.

  • SenorGato

    I know there’s a whole “all prospects don’t make it” thing, but most guys either miss to injury or lack of skill. All three of these guys have a legit shot and if they are really doing something special maybe there’s some shot the FO nailed each call.

    I hear they are shooting for greatness here, like history annals of the sport great and NOT carried just by it being the Cubs overcoming reputation. Some special shit is supposed to happen, right?

    • On The Farm

      Theo works for the devil (its commonly known among us that are going there), and essiently every draftee and IFA agrees in their contract that they will sell their soul for a WS.

      I am pretty sure its what is holding up the Bryant talks. Is his soul worth a WS?

      • hansman1982

        His soul, sure. My soul…ehhhh. Eternity is a really long time.

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          Hell is full of hamburgers… hmmmmmm

          • Okie Cub

            I’ll meet you at the bar Goat. Last one buys.

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        Every soul is worth a Cubs WS Championship!

        • DarthHater

          Okay, goats soliciting satanic transactions is a bit too much even for this site…

      • EricR

        I’m Buddhist so sign me up!

    • Sinnycal

      As far as prospects go, you really couldn’t ask for a safer bunch at the top. Right off the bat, none of them are pitchers. That right there decreases the chance that they all bust substantially.

      As an advanced college hitter, Bryant is the safest type of draft pick there is. Soler looks to have an advanced approach and he wouldn’t have gotten that contract if the FO wasn’t very, very confident in him. Almora’s glove makes him a virtual lock to produce value at the major league level barring serious injury, with his bat ultimately deciding just HOW MUCH value he’ll bring. Baez is the only one I wouldn’t call a safe bet, and even his floor will look better if he finishes the season strong at AA.

      Confidence is only bolstered when you glance over our Highlander’s track record with prospects he has scouted.

      • SenorGato

        Yeah it certainly seemed like they hedged as much as they possibly could here. All these guys are high pedigree former top amateurs too…

        I cant wait for Almora to hit the more relevant levels. I want to start saying wreckless shit like “hes totally the CF Jeter.”

        • JB88

          Since when have you held back in saying “wreckless (sic) shit”? :D

  • Jolt

    Not sure if anyone here posted it, but I did the research a few weeks ago when the BP report came out on having a certain number of top prospects in the game at once over on NSBB. Here’s what I wrote…

    The last time the Cubs had two prospects period in the Top 30 was 2002 with Mark Prior and Juan Cruz. They almost had two position player prospects in the Top 30 in 2005 with Dopirak and Pie, but Pie was ranked 31st.

    The last time they had two or more position player prospects ranked in the Top 30 at the same time was 2001 with Patterson and Choi. Cruz was also ranked 17th then (and Ben Christensen was 37th). That’s the only time they’ve had 3 in the Top 30. They never had more than two in the Top 30 prior to that going back to 1990. So that’s only 2 times in the last 23 years that they’ve have two players or more in Baseball America’s Top 30 prospects.

    If Bryant is signed, we’d probably have 4 right now come next season. Pretty incredible.

  • Sully

    This is great news and thank you for talking me off the ledge pertaining to the Kris Bryant signing Brett.

  • jim

    Wud rather have cashner

  • dying cubs fan’s last request

    I’m still sitting here waiting for pitching prospects.

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