Baseball America today rolled out its preseason top 100 prospects list, and I suspect the story on these lists is going to be similar to what it was last year: the Cubs are going to have Pete Crow-Armstrong and Brennen Davis on a number of lists, along with one more prospect on some. But otherwise, they’ll have a whole bunch of guys in that 101 to 175 range, who *could* be top 100 types by midseason if things go well. But, as we saw last year, popping into the top 100 – even when you have tons of guys who could – is not going to be a sure thing.
For Baseball America, the three Cubs prospects are:
25. Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
84. Brennen Davis, OF
91. Kevin Alcántara, OF
Not a huge surprise on the names or the relative rankings, though it’s fun to see it confirmed that PCA is a “top 25 prospect.” I think it’s likely that, on lists where the Cubs place only three prospects, it’s going to be these three outfielders. Pitchers Cade Horton, Jordan Wicks, Ben Brown, and Jackson Ferris, among others, will likely be on the outside for now. Ditto positional guys like Owen Caissie, Cristian Hernández, Matt Mervis, et al.
Elsewhere in the NL Central, you will be unhappy to know that Brewers outfield prospect Jackson Chourio (3), Cardinals outfield prospect Jordan Walker (4), and Reds shortstop prospect Elly De La Cruz (8) all show up in the top ten.
Also, Cardinals lefty Matthew Liberatore ranked as 79th overall to BA, though you may remember that yesterday, MLB Pipeline ranked Jordan Wicks above Liberatore in the left-handed prospect rankings.
For the rest of the top 100 and for early scouting reports, make sure you check out the full list at Baseball America.