baez almora solerAnother midseason prospect update is in, and’s Jonathan Mayo has a slightly different take on the Cubs’ system than other services – though the players at the top generally remain the same.

The top 20 (and you can see the full list here for a scouting report on each):

1. SS Javier Baez
2. OF Albert Almora
3. OF Jorge Soler
4. 3B Kris Bryant
5. 3B Mike Olt
6. RHPArodys Vizcaino
7. RHP Pierce Johnson
8. IF Arismendy Alcantara
9. OF/IF Junior Lake
10. OF Matt Szczur
11. 1B Dan Vogelbach
12. RHP C.J. Edwards
13. OF Brett Jackson
14. 3B Christian Villanueva
15. OF Jae-Hoon Ha
16. 3B Jeimer Candelario
17. RHP Paul Blackburn
18. RHP Duane Underwood
19. 2B Gioskar Amaya
20. RHP Alberto Cabrera

One thing that probably jumps out at you right away is that Mayo has not yet jumped aboard the Alcantara train that everyone else is riding. Mayo also isn’t ready to drop Vizcaino too aggressively just yet, despite not pitching for the better part of two seasons after Tommy John surgery and then a follow-up bone spur surgery.

Pitchers Kyle Hendricks, Juan Paniagua and Rob Zastryzny are absent, which is tough to defend (each arguably merits a spot in the 8 to 12 range), but notice the crazy thing: look at the back-end of the list. It’s not like there are a bunch of non-prospects there. That’s how absurdly deep the Cubs’ system has become in the last two years.

On the top 100 overall, the Cubs landed five – and it’s the top five on the list up there, with Javier Baez up at number 11, Albert Almora at 25, Jorge Soler at 30, Kris Bryant at 40, and Mike Olt at 63. We’ll see what happens when the season is over, but I’d be surprised if Alcantara is left off of too many other top 100s. I can envision scenarios where Pierce Johnson and C.J. Edwards get serious consideration, too, with Mike Olt maybe sliding off of most.

  • npnovak

    Everyone is being a little too critical of this list. Take it with a grain of salt because of this simple fact:

    If they weren’t on a list last week, they aren’t on it now unless they are in a top 10 positional or top 100 overall. (only exception to this rule I could find was Hunter Dozier, who only ranks on the Royals top 20)

    Literally the only thing Mayo did was add in some new draftees and reorder the guys that were on it already. I think the only additions are first round picks.

  • someday…2015?

    CJ Edwards strikes out the side in his first inning as a Daytona Cub.

    • someday…2015?

      Oh, and Baez hit another HR.

  • John S.

    I can’t see any time where we have K machines Olt, Baez and Castro with the Cubs at the same time. I would bet 2 of these end up being dealt for pitching in the not too distant future while some of our other less K-prone hitters become the nucleus of a competitive Cubs team.

    • Drew7

      If you think Castro, with his 14.8% career K-rate, is a “K-machine”, you need to think again.

      • John S.

        Castro’s rate this season is closer to 18% but to your point is not as bad as Olt or Baez, However he also has only a 4% walk rate. Not good. My point was that these numbers show a lack of plate discipline that the new regime values so highly. I don’t see where these guys fit that mold and consequently don’t see all three as part of the long term answer. They have value, no doubt and I see them being “cashed in” for pitching.

        • Drew7

          Where can I get a set of these mobile goalposts you’re using?

  • Jerrymac10

    Why is Brett Jackson still on this list?

  • John

    Dillon Maples has ZERO walks in his last 10 innings pitched. The Boise Pitching coach must know what hes doing.

    • Kyle

      Boise’s pitching staff is pretty exciting right now. Should make for a fun NWL Top 30 this year.

  • Brent

    I agree, it is great to see Maples throwing well. It’s a long road for him to reach his potential, but something has “clicked” lately. Hopefully he can keep it up and take it to the next level. Also, love that Bryant went deep again tonight. Power, Power, Power!

  • X the Cubs fan

    C.J. Edwards looked great in his high-A debut, 5 ip, 1 hit, 1 walk and 8 Ks.

  • Carne Harris

    Gotta love that depth. Plus there’s Arrieta who isn’t a prospect but could still turn things around and be a core piece.

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