Prospect ranking season is still going on, but we’re definitely drawing to a close.
As Spring Training gears up, then, we’re inching closer to actual baseball, more numbers and new reports to analyze and obsess about.
Until that first pitch is thrown, though, it behooves you to stay up to date with the latest prospect notes from the Cubs MiLB system …
- Keith Law is doing his best to rank, project, review, rate and cover prospects in every way imaginable, this offseason. “After today,” Law says at ESPN.com, “I will have hit the top MLB prospects from every angle.” The penultimate angle he is referencing: Top MLB Prospects by Position.
- Among the notable rankings, Willson Contreras once again leads the minor leagues from the catching position. The top spot should come as no surprise, though, as Law is as high on Contreras as anyone in baseball – having previously ranked him as a top 30 overall prospect. This is the second time this offseason that Contreras has been ranked the top catching prospect in baseball.
- Other notable rankings include Gleyber Torres as the sixth best shortstop in baseball (the position is otherwise loaded), Ian Happ as the second best second baseman, Jeimer Candelario as the ninth best third baseman and Carl Edwards, Jr. as the fifth best relief pitcher.
- But speaking of the top catching prospect in all of baseball, Contreras joins Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra on the latest episode of The Show Before the Show – which you can listen to here. Starting at the 25 minute mark, Contreras discusses his big 2015 season, the state of baseball in Venezuela, and what he needs to do to make the team in 2016.
- At Baseball America, John Manuel and Ben Badler dig into some of the tougher decisions made during the construction of the BA top 100. Speaking towards the second-tier of shortstop prospects, both Manuel and Badler pick Gleyber Torres as the safest bet to reach MLB (over Tim Anderson and Willy Adames). However, his ceiling is also the lowest among the three. Although both analysts admit he is the most likely to stick at short and hit for average, the other two have more tools that pop. Still, Torres is very young and has plenty of projection left in his bat.
- At the Cub Reporter, Arizona Phil recaps the Cubs 2015-2016 international signings, and it is well worth a read. So far, the Cubs have signed 27 international Free-Agents and have until June 15 to complete any outstanding deals. You probably know about some of the biggest names in the class, but the Cubs have also dipped aggressively into Mexico, which is something of a newer development.
- Also, if you missed it this weekend, check out the many things Albert Almora had to say about his game and his future.