I thought if we were going to tie a bow on this year’s prospect list, it might be best to do it with some other common prospecting accoutrements. I also wanted to encourage BN’ers to use a chat thread as an AMA about the farm system.
Cubs Prospect Superlatives
- Best Contact Hitter: Nico Hoerner (Second place: Jhonny Pereda, who inherited that title after Vimael Machin and Clayton Daniel left the organization).
- Best Approach: Alfonso Rivas (Second place: Brennen Davis).
- Best Raw Power: Ethan Hearn (Second place: Brennen Davis).
- Most Current In-Game Power: Robel Garcia (If he’s ineligible, Alex Guerra and Trent Giambrone).
- Prettiest Swing: Cole Roederer (Second place: Ronnier Quintero).
- Fastest Baserunner: Fernando Kelli (Second place: Juan Mora).
- Best Defensive Catcher: Jhonny Pereda (Second place: Miguel Amaya).
- Best Defensive Infielder: Left side: Luis Vazquez, Andy Weber, Chris Morel. Right side: Alfonso Rivas, Tyler Durna.
- Best Defensive Outfielder: Connor Myers, Zach Davis, D.J. Wilson.
- Best Arm: Christopher Morel (Second place: Luis Verdugo or Miguel Amaya).
- Best 2-seam Fastball: Erich Uelmen (Second place: Ryan Jensen).
- Best 4-seam fastball: Brailyn Marquez (Second place: Michael McAvene).
- Best Curveball: Left-handers: Justin Steele, Ryan Lawlor. Right-handers: Manny Rodriguez, Keegan Thompson.
- Best Slider: Cory Abbott (Second place: Jensen or McAvene).
- Best Change Up: Adbert Alzolay (Second place: Kohl Franklin).
- Best Command: Ethan Roberts (Second place: Matt Swarmer).
The Full List
- Brennen Davis
- Miguel Amaya
- Nico Hoerner
- Brailyn Marquez
- Ryan Jensen
- Cory Abbott
- Adbert Alzolay
- Chase Strumpf
- Cole Roederer
- Kohl Franklin
- Christopher Morel
- Riley Thompson
- Ronnier Quintero
- Richard Gallardo
- Justin Steele
- Ethan Hearn
- Michael McAvene
- Tyson Miller
- Luis Verdugo
- Zack Short
- Keegan Thompson
- Jack Patterson
- Yovanny Cruz
- Pedro Martinez
- Andy Weber
- Yohendrick Pinango
- Erich Uelmen
- Aramis Ademan
- Chris Clarke
- Brendon Little
Jose Albertos, Brayan Altuve, Edmond Americaan, Cam Balego, Hunter Bigge, Josh Burgmann, Bailey Clark, Oscar De La Cruz, Jeremiah Estrada, Reivaj Garcia, Trent Giambrone, Alex Guerra, Ben Hecht, D.J. Herz, P.J. Higgins, Bryan Hudson, Josue Huma, Adam Laskey, Ryan Lawlor, Jose Lopez, Kevin Made, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Rafael Morel, James Norwood, Jhonny Pereda, Fabian Pertuz, Peyton Remy, Luke Reynolds (#69), Alfonso Rivas, Ethan Roberts, Ben Rodriguez, Manny Rodriguez, Cam Sanders, Wyatt Short, Felix Stevens, Matt Swarmer, Jared Young.
Things About the List I’d Already Change: Probably would move Brailyn to 3 … Jack Patterson is too low … Feels a little high for Yohendrick Pinango … Guerra in the Honorable Mention is too generous … Would have liked to get Rivas in the top 30.
Mock 2025 Lineup
An exercise like this is fraught from the beginning, as a big-market team like the Cubs will have unknown free agents filling spots all over the roster (insert snark here). But let’s exist in the universe where that doesn’t happen, and then imagine the signings as filling the holes of the prospects that ultimately failed to meet expectations.
C: Miguel Amaya
1B: Ronnier Quintero / Ethan Hearn
2B: Nico Hoerner
SS: Javier Baez
3B: Christopher Morel
LF: Chase Strumpf / Willson Contreras
CF: Ian Happ / Cole Roederer
RF: Brennen Davis
DH: Anthony Rizzo / Kyle Schwarber
SPs: Brailyn Marquez, Ryan Jensen, Richard Gallardo, Cory Abbott, Kohl Franklin.
RPs: Michael McAvene, Justin Steele, Rowan Wick, Adbert Alzolay, Jack Patterson, Erich Uelmen.
Leave them below, and I’ll get them answered at some point this week! Thanks for reading this year’s extended edition, it’s much appreciated.