Chicago Cubs land a trio of top international prospects

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 27: The main scoreboard in centerfield is seen after a game between the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 27: The main scoreboard in centerfield is seen after a game between the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Cubs: Brayan Altuve, C, No.30 overall prospect

If the idea of Quintero isn’t fun enough, Brayan Altuve could end up being one of the gems of this class which spells excellent for Chicago. Altuve is just 16 years old but has also been compared, in stature, to Contreras.

Altuve is someone who has shown consistent power at the plate as well and can drive the ball to all quadrants of the diamond. He stands at just 5’11” and 160 pounds but like Quintero should continue to grow into his already sturdy frame. There is potential for 20-plus home runs, which is easily good enough to be an everyday player.

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Behind the dish, Altuve has displayed a pretty good defensive ability. He possesses above-average arm strength and quickness and should only continue to get better, especially if he can learn from the best in Contreras. Following his development, Altuve will be another fun prospect to watch in his push to the big stage and a future with the Cubs.

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