FanGraphs' Updated Top Ten Cubs Prospect List: Pitchers, Pitchers, and More Pitchers

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FanGraphs’ Updated Top Ten Cubs Prospect List: Pitchers, Pitchers, and More Pitchers

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You know, it’s the darnedest thing.

I keep reading about how the Chicago Cubs don’t have any prospects left, and yet, week after week, various publications have been releasing their top prospect rankings with the Cubs included. Strictly speaking, the Cubs do still have prospects!

Among the most recent updates, you’ll find Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs, who’s been running through a new set of top ten lists for each team in baseball, by division.

So far, he’s been through everywhere besides the AL and NL West, which means we can take a look at how he sees the Cubs top ten shaking out:

  1. Adbert Alzolay, RHP
  2. Victor Caratini, C
  3. Oscar de la Cruz, RHP
  4. Jose Albertos, RHP
  5. Thomas Hatch, RHP
  6. Aramis Ademan, SS
  7. Alex Lange, RHP
  8. Brendon Little, LHP
  9. Mark Zagunis, 3B
  10. D.J. Willson, CF

Not unlike Luke’s recently completed BN Top 40 Mid-Season Prospect Update (you’ve seen this, yes?),  Longenhagen’s top ten is riddled with pitching prospects (six, to be exact).

And while each of Alzolay, de la Cruz, Albertos, and Hatch find themselves among the Cubs’ top five on both lists, the order here is a little different than what we saw on Luke’s list:

  1. Jose Albertos, RHP
  2. Oscar de la Cruz, RHP
  3. Adbert Alzolay, RHP
  4. Aramis Ademan, SS
  5. Thomas Hatch, RHP

I’m inclined to lean towards Luke’s order (not only because he’s very smart), but also because I’ll take Albertos’ and de la Cruz’s upside at the top. However, pitching prospects are notoriously hard to evaluate, so you can just generally assume that these four listed in the top five above are the Cubs’ best pitching prospects.

That is, for now.

I’m very excited to see how the Cubs’ two big first-round, college pitchers look in their first full professional season next year. Given their existing experience and pedigree, it’s not hard to imagine them rocketing up both the system and these lists by this time next season.

The Cubs’ system is far from what it used to be, but it’s still littered with a ton of high-upside arms (and not all of them are the teenage, low-A types, either). Indeed, if you missed Brett’s Bullet yesterday on the Cubs pitching prospects, I strongly suggest you give it a read. I’m guessing it’ll fill you with plenty of optimism heading into 2018 (and hey, remember: pitching prospects can be mighty attractive trade chips, too).

So that’s the Cubs new top 10 prospects according to FanGraphs. Be sure to head over to their site for some additional context surrounding the system as a whole.


Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.