In recent rankings, we watched as the new top three Cubs prospects (Gleyber Torres, Ian Happ, and Eloy Jimenez) made their second consecutive midseason top 100 prospect list with Baseball America, after just making the cut at Baseball Prospectus a week prior.
Although both publications had a different order in mind for the Cubs trio, each had the same three players included somewhere in list – with one making the top 30, the second making the top 40 and the third making the top 50 each time.
Later last week, Keith Law unveiled his mid-season top 50 prospect list, and the same three Cubs made the list, only this time all three made the top 30 – by far their best showing yet.
But before we get to the specifics, there are a couple of eligibility caveats and Keith Law preferences to discuss upfront. Unlike the other rankings, Law has included 2016 draftees and international free agents. Their inclusion here makes the trio of Cubs in the top 30 all the more impressive. In addition, Law values upside and ceiling more heavily than proximity to the majors, which probably helps to explain why Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres, in particular, ranked out so well.
With that said, here are the Cubs in Keith Law’s Midseason Top 50 Prospect Rankings (previous rank in parenthesis).
26. Gleyber Torres, SS (15th)
27. Ian Happ, 2B (Not Ranked)
29. Eloy Jimenez (Not Ranked)
Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ both receive their highest ranking of this midseason reshuffling, although Jimenez was previously ranked 28th, by Baseball Prospectus. His is the stock that has risen the most, and it will be truly interesting to see how the Cubs handle his immediate future, including the upcoming deadline (in other words, is he really an “untouchable” prospect, just yet?).
Happ continues to get love for his patience and power, which Law likes enough to call him “at worst, an everyday player.” Which means, if that is indeed the case, the Cubs may have struck gold yet again on a polished college bat. On Torres, Law would like to see a bit more consistency, but is still very impressed by his performance at his age/level. Torres’ future remains very bright, but I suspect next year will be a very big, influential season for him. Lastly, Law says that Jimenez has the potential to be the Cubs next great middle-of-the-order bat. Does praise get much higher than that, right now?
There is much more on each individual player, but it is ESPN Insider, so you’ll have to check the rest out for yourself.
Because these three prospects were the exact same ones from Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America’s list, I’ll also point you to our two previous posts for more on their background/season/future outlook of each player. In the meantime, here is an updated look at their offensive statistics from the first half of 2016:
- Gleyber Torres: .269/.350/.424 9 HR (.357 wOBA); 9.9% BB, 21.2% K-rate
- Ian Happ: .316/.415/.500 9 HR (.421 wOBA); 14.7% BB, 21.5% K-rate
- Eloy Jimenez: .332/.372/.527 10 HR (.413 wOBA); 6.0% BB, 22.0% K-rate