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Baseball America Drops Its Post-2020 Top Chicago Cubs Prospects List

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Baseball America today dropped its post-2020 Chicago Cubs top prospect list, and you’ll wanna scoot over to check it out.

It’s not just the list, it’s also the write-ups on the prospects and future projections:

BA’s stuff is premium content, so I won’t give up the store. The order of the top ten won’t shock you in any case:

1. Brailyn Marquez, LHP
2. Brennen Davis, OF
3. Miguel Amaya, C
4. Ed Howard, SS
5. Adbert Alzolay, RHP
6. Kohl Franklin, RHP
7. Ryan Jensen, RHP
8. Christopher Morel, INF
9. Chase Strumpf, 2B
10. Riley Thompson, RHP

The top three can show up on these lists in pretty much any order, and I think you’ll find most rankings will now have 2020 top pick Ed Howard there at four, or possibly at five behind Alzolay (who’ll graduate after his first big league appearance in 2021). The love for Franklin continues, and it seems like all that’s needed for him to get attention at a more national level is some innings.

There’s a new scouting report for every prospect, and in the interests of sharing some info and enticing you to check out BA more on your own, here’s part of what they have to say about the Cubs’ top draft pick in 2019 – a guy we haven’t seen much because of the timing – Ryan Jensen:

Jensen is a tremendous athlete with loads of raw arm strength. His fastball is a plus-plus offering that ticked up to 95-100 mph based on data the Cubs received during the shutdown, and it plays up further with plus armside life. Jensen’s mid-80s slider continues to get sharper the more he throws it and projects to be an above-average pitch. Jensen rarely threw a changeup in college and is still in the early stages of developing one. He is relatively new to starting, so his control and feel to pitch are still developing. Some Cubs officials believe Jensen is athletic enough to become an average strike-thrower, but others are less bullish.

You are reminded that, when the Cubs took Jensen 27th overall, it was a surprise to many who really didn’t see a starting pitcher there. Everyone knew he had one of the best fastballs in the draft and a plus slider, but his size made many doubt he could start long-term, as well as the lack of an effective third pitch.

In other words, the Cubs were taking a big swing on their own ability to develop Jensen. It was a stark, stark contrast to the kinds of arms the Cubs were taking early in the 2012-2016 range (higher floor, lower risk, sure-fire starters that the Cubs were going to try to raise the ceiling on, so to speak). I really liked the big swing, and frankly I just want to see Jensen in action. Bryan profiled him last offseason after his introduction to the system. Notably for this conversation, Jensen throws a four-seamer and a one-seamer, which are very different fastballs for him. So it isn’t QUITE accurate to say that, without a changeup, he only has two pitches.

Anyway, check out the full list and writeup and scouting reports at BA to get yourself prime for prospecting season.



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.