Chicago Cubs Place Three on MLB Pipeline’s Pre-2023 Top-100 Prospects List
MLB’s prospecting arm at MLB Pipeline did a little TV reveal for its preseason top-100 prospects list, and the Chicago Cubs placed three on the list.
Like the recent Baseball America rankings, it’s a trio of outfield prospects who all more or less fall into the same ranges as BA had them:
28. Pete-Crow Armstrong, OF
87. Kevin Alcántara, OF
92. Brennen Davis, OF
By now, you know the story on these three: PCA broke out last year at the plate, and, when paired with his elite glove, that makes him one of the higher-upside prospects in baseball. Alcántara has the physical tools to be a monster at the plate (and I’d argue his performance at Low-A Myrtle Beach was better than the numbers show), but the pundits will want to see him put up huge numbers at High-A South Bend before they move him into the top-50. And Brennen Davis is a top-50 type who missed most of last year with back issues/surgery, and it is understandably difficult not to pull back a bit on the rankings until he shows he is healthy and continuing to perform at Triple-A like we know he can.
The hope is that the Cubs will have several more clear top-100 caliber prospects by midseason – we know they have many who are at least in consideration – because that will have meant further breakouts. For what it’s worth, based on MLB Pipeline’s individual positional top-10 lists, we can say that Matt Mervis and Jordan Wicks weren’t THAT far out of top-100 consideration.