Baseball America has concluded its tour of the various minor leagues, ranking the prospects therein. It’s a fascinating exercise, and it’s been something of a celebration of the Cubs’ minor league depth of talent. (If you missed any: Southern League here, Florida State League here, Midwest League here, Northwest League here, Arizona Rookie League here.)
The final installment is the Pacific Coast League, where the AAA Iowa Cubs play. The Cubs had four prospects on the list:
1. Kris Bryant
3. Javier Baez
10. Arismendy Alcantara
18. Kyle Hendricks
Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson slots in between Baez and Bryant, and somehow-almost-forgotten Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras – a universal top three guy in the game coming into the season – ranks fourth.
There are a number of big names on the list, so Alcantara at 10 and Hendricks at 18 are actually really nice plaudits (and understandable, especially given the excellent performances they had in the PCL this year). The big names are up top, and we’ll see if Baez can break out a bit next year in the bigs to continue his history of struggling, adjusting, and exploding (something he showed in the PCL just before his promotion).
Bryant was the top prospect in the Southern League, too. I’m told he was also ranked the top prospect in every other league, despite not playing in them this season, as well as the top NHL prospect, the top Wall Street prospect, and the top commercial airline pilot for 2014. He, uh, is just really, really good.