cubs azl spring training logoAs prospect evaluators tend to, MLB Pipeline has updated the 2015 Top 30 prospects for the Chicago Cubs. Players get promoted, play better, play worse, get drafted, and lose their eligibility every day, so these mid-season updates are nice ways to check back in on the internal status of the system and the (approximate) relative value of the players within.

Although he’s right on the cusp of losing prospect eligibility, Kyle Schwarber remains admissible and worthy of the top spot in the entire system. I suspect that he will sweep the top spot across all major publications, and despite the upside in the guy behind him, it’s probably for good reason.

Speaking of the guy behind him, Gleyber Torres appears to be ready to take over the lucrative “top prospect” role of the still strong Cubs MiLB system (though we’ll see what Luke has to say about that). The 18 year old (!!!) short stop jumped up from his preseason ranking of 7, after performing admirably in the lower minors and seeing the promotion of a significant group of players ahead of him. For the South Bend Cubs (A), Torres is slashing .311/.369/.404, while playing solid defense at shortstop. MLB Pipeline believes that he is an extremely advanced hitter for his age, who uses the entire field and has good knowledge of the strike zone. If you were worried that the Cubs wouldn’t have another extreme upside guy for quite a while, look no further than Torres – he has already made his way up top 100 lists, and his stock is only rising.



There are no major surprises throughout the rest of the list, though there are some notable inclusions. For example, Cubs first rounder (10th overall pick) Ian Happ comes in at number seven overall – just behind Albert Almora and ahead of Pierce Johnson. Additionally, 21-year-old lefty center fielder Donnie Dewees – selected in the second round of this year’s draft, 47 overall – made the top ten, coming it at number nine, just ahead of Mark Zagunis. MLB Pipeline believes he may be able to stick in center, which would help inflate his stock, but believes that he has too weak of an arm for right field.

At eleven through fifteen, we find some familiar names (Willson Contreras, Dylan Cease, Dan Vogelbach, Eloy Jimenez and Bryan Hudson), featuring players whose stock has changed rather significantly recently. And the second half of the list (16-30) includes 10 pitchers – rounded out by Jeremy Null and Ryan Williams.

Overall, the Cubs’ top 30 prospects (according to MLB Pipeline) has an equal split of fifteen position players and pitchers and appears to be in very healthy shape. The high profile, extreme upside players may not be littering the list with as much consistency as they have before, but there are still plenty of prospects about whom to get excited. The Cubs system remains strong, and they have set themselves up with quite a lot of young, interesting players.

The full list is below, but you’ll want to check out MLB Pipeline’s work for a full write-up and scouting report on each prospect.

  1. KYLE SCHWARBER, C
  2. GLEYBER TORRES, SS
  3. BILLY MCKINNEY, OF
  4. CARL EDWARDS, JR., RHP
  5. DUANE UNDERWOOD, RHP
  6. ALBERT ALMORA, OF
  7. IAN HAPP, OF
  8. PIERCE JOHNSON, RHP
  9. DONNIE DEWEES, OF
  10. MARK ZAGUNIS, OF
  11. WILLSON CONTRERAS, C
  12. DYLAN CEASE, RHP
  13. DAN VOGELBACH, 1B
  14. ELOY JIMENEZ, OF
  15. BRYAN HUDSON, LHP
  16. JUSTIN STEELE, LHP
  17. JEN-HO TSENG, RHP
  18. CARSON SANDS, LHP
  19. COREY BLACK, RHP
  20. JEIMER CANDELARIO, 3B
  21. JAKE STINNETT, RHP
  22. CHRISTIAN VILLANUEVA, 3B/1B
  23. VICTOR CARATINI, C
  24. ROB ZASTRYZNY, LHP
  25. DARRYL WILSON, OF
  26. TREVOR CLIFTON, RHP
  27. JACOB HANNEMANN, OF
  28. DAURY TORREZ, RHP
  29. JEREMY NULL, RHP
  30. RYAN WILLIAMS, RHP



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