Cubs Have One of the Top Farm Systems of the Decade (But What About Next Year?) and Other Cubs Bullets

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Cubs Have One of the Top Farm Systems of the Decade (But What About Next Year?) and Other Cubs Bullets

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Holy crap the story this girl is telling to her friend, rather loudly, at Starbucks across the way from me: some guy hacked her other friend’s Instagram while the two girls were hanging out (at a college, I think), they ended up communicating with him to try to get the account back, that communication in turn mentioned how one of the friends does hair, he asked them to come over to his place and do his hair (they lived in the same area … assuredly not by coincidence) … and the girls went over and did this stranger’s hair. “He seemed really nice, though!” I know I’m an old dad at this point, but that is the start of a horror movie, girls!

Anyway … Bullets:

  • The Cubs have one of the top farm systems in all of baseball, per MLBPipeline! … er, well, of the decade. They’re ranked 4th, behind only the Braves, Astros, and Red Sox: “First-round picks Kris Bryant and Javier Báez and unheralded trade acquisition Kyle Hendricks played major roles when Chicago finally snapped its 108-year World Series title drought in 2016. In addition to Bryant and Báez, the Cubs have cranked out several other notable infielders, including D.J. LeMahieu, Starlin Castro and Gleyber Torres. They’ve had a number of international success stories too, such as Castro, Torres, Willson Contreras, Jorge Soler and Eloy Jiménez.”
  • This is fun, too:

  • One thing the Cubs did exceptionally well during the decade is that virtually ALL of their tip-top prospects (guys who reached the top 50 or so in consensus rankings) became contributors or better in the big leagues. That may seem like an obvious thing, but it very much does not happen in every org. So that’s a credit, for sure. Where the Cubs lagged, especially coming out of their top farm system years, is in developing surprising prospects up and into top-tier guys and big league contributors, especially on the pitching side.
  • Obviously development infrastructure is where most of the focus the last two years – fundamentally changing the organization’s player development system – has gone, and we tend to think it *is* going to show up next year (I’d argue, and I think Bryan would, too, that it already started to show up this past year). The Cubs will enter into the season with a farm system that virtually every service still has in the bottom 10 in baseball, but I’d bet dollars to donuts it is considered a consensus top half system by this time next year. It might be even way better than that, depending on what the Cubs do with their 2020 Plan
  • More to read on incoming manager David Ross, who is already impressing me in one very important way – he seems very open to the idea that there’s a lot he doesn’t know, and he has to lean on those who do:

  • A completely random set of things that I noticed while – initially – looking at Diamondbacks outfielders, and then clicking around at FanGraphs from there:

  • This is still so awesome, and it marked the birth moment of what would become free agency:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.