Chicago Cubs: Top 30 Prospects- No. 20 to No. 11
By Ryan Tadych
Recently, MLB updated their rankings of the Top 30 prospects for each team. A few weeks back we began a three-part series, breaking down prospects No. 30 through 21. Today, the series continues with Part 2.
If you missed Part 1 of the series, you can go back and look at it here. Today, we break down prospects 20-11. With many new faces and a lot of guys coming out of the Chicago Cubs’ farm system, some players are moving up the rankings and getting closer to the big leagues.
Here is a look at the prospects in the middle of the Top 30. Six out of the ten prospects in this section are pitchers, which proves the Cubs philosophy of trying to stockpile young pitching in the farm system.
What is also worthy to note is the there are several prospects who were just signed or have barely played any professional ball yet and they already are in the middle of the top prospects list, though. Keep in mind that current Cubs like Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber both jumped to the top of the Cubs farm system coming right out of the draft and both of them moved quickly through the system as well.
So it shouldn’t be too much of a shocker to see these guys instantly in the Top 30. The Cubs have a lot of young players in the farm system. They have gone heavy with drafting players right out of high school.
This benefits the Cubs because by the time they reach 21 or 22 years old, they already have multiple years of minor league experience and could be ready for the big leagues at a young age.
Schwarber is only 22, entering his first full season, and SS Addison Russell already has a full year under his belt and he is only 21. It’s clear how much better the Cubs farm system has gotten since Theo Epstein and Co. took over.
Next: No. 20 - 3B Jeimer Candelario