Baseball America Releases Cubs Top 30 Prospects, Loaded with IFAs

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Baseball America Releases Cubs Top 30 Prospects, Loaded with IFAs

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The good folks at Baseball America just dropped their full top 30 team prospect lists, so if you’re a subscriber, you’re gonna want to head over and check it out.

Here’s the top 30 Cubs prospects, per BA, though you’ll have to subscribe and hit up the article if you want the scouting reports on each guy. It’s really good stuff.

  1. Brailyn Marquez, LHP
  2. Nico Hoerner, SS/2B
  3. Brennen Davis, OF
  4. Miguel Amaya, C
  5. Chase Strumpf, 2B
  6. Cole Roederer, OF
  7. Ryan Jensen, RHP
  8. Ethan Hearn, C
  9. Riley Thompson, RHP
  10. Cory Abbott, RHP
  11. Adbert Alzolay, RHP
  12. Tyson Miller, RHP
  13. Kohl Franklin, RHP
  14. Chris Clarke, RHP
  15. Michael McAvene, RHP
  16. Pedro Martinez, 2B/SS
  17. Edmond Americaan, OF
  18. Richard Gallardo, RHP
  19. Kevin Made, SS
  20. Ronnier Quintero, C
  21. Rafael Morel, SS
  22. Yohendrick Pinango, OF
  23. Fabian Pertuz, SS
  24. Brayan Altuve, C
  25. Justin Steele, LHP
  26. Aramis Ademan, SS
  27. Christopher Morel, 3B
  28. Zack Short, SS
  29. Alfonso Rivas, 1B
  30. Manuel Rodriguez, RHP

What immediately jumps out is how high BA is on the Cubs’ last several international classes, with eight of the nine guys from 16 to 24 all coming from the last couple IFA classes. In part, that speaks to BA not seeing as much in recent draft classes as we do, but it also suggests they’re really buying into some serious upside in these young players.

For the most part, you’re roughly looking at the same core group of guys on this list as those who made Bryan’s top 30/top 69. Some of the big differences, outside of the IFA players, are BA really buying into Edmond Americaan’s raw talent/athleticism, but being much lower on Chris Morel despite the raw talent/athleticism.

Another thing that jumps out? The huge cache of developing righties in the middle of the list – the Cubs really need a couple of those guys to fully break out this year.

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.