Chicago Cubs: Top 30 Prospects- No. 10 to No. 1

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Feb 22, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs catchers work out in the bullpen during spring training camp at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs catchers work out in the bullpen during spring training camp at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /
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#1 Gleyber Torres (SS)

2015 Stats (South Bend Cubs and Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

.287/.346/.376, 3 HR, 64 RBI, 44 BB, 115 K, 22 SB, 24 2B

Torres was signed by the Cubs in July of 2013 for $1.7 million. Torres made his U.S. debut at age 17 and was better than advertised in his first year as a pro. He also easily handled a jump to short-season Northwest League in August.

He is an extremely advanced hitter for his age and has a short quick right-handed swing. He uses the entire field and has good knowledge of the strike zone.

In 2015, he spent most of the season with the South Bend Cubs before being promoted to Advanced-A Pelicans late in the season. Torres had a .293 batting average with South Bend and drove in 62 runs. He had a very successful year in 119 games with South Bend. He has some arm strength that could produce average power once he learns to turn on pitches more often.

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Torres may wind up at second base in the long run because he has just average speed and quickness. He has looked better than expected at shortstop, though. He has a strong arm which will allow him to play pretty much anywhere in the infield.

Torres is the 8th best shortstop prospect and is #29 on the Top 100 prospects list. He still has some time before he reaches the big league level, but being just 19-years-old, the Cubs won’t be in a rush to move him through the system.


That wraps up our look at the Cubs Top 30 Prospects. Stay tuned to Cubbies Crib for a lot more on the Cubs farm system throughout the season and of course, we will have a ton more when the prospect lists get updated again at mid-season.

Despite having several players promoted to the big league club in 2015, the Cubs still five prospects in the Top 100 Prospects in all of baseball and five that are in the Top 10 for their respective positions. The future remains bright and it will be interesting to see how the Cubs deal with all these young guys in the future.

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