Chicago Cubs well represented in prospect expert's Top 100 rankings

Discover Keith Law's Top 100 prospects for the 2024 season, with the Chicago Cubs boasting 4 players in the Top 50.

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Praise continues to be heaped upon the Chicago Cubs' minor-league system as it's become abundantly clear that the team has the argument for having the most valued farm system in all of Major League Baseball.

The latest praise comes from Keith Law of The Athletic (Subscription Required) who revealed his Top 100 prospects for the 2024 season. Not only do the Cubs have 5 total prospects on the list, but they have 4 in Law's Top 50.

  1. OF Pete Crow-Armstrong, No. 18
  2. IF Matt Shaw, No. 26
  3. OF Kevin Alcantara, No. 28
  4. RHP Cade Horton, No. 49
  5. IF Michael Busch, No. 68

There is no change at the top of the list for the Cubs as Law has Crow-Armstrong as not only the top prospect in the Cubs' system but a Top-20 prospect in all of baseball. It would seem likely that Crow-Armstrong would have an increased role on the Cubs in 2024 than he did in 2023, but that could also hinge on whether or not the Cubs are able to bring back Cody Bellinger.

Interestingly enough, Law has Shaw and Alcantara ahead of Horton. Horton has quickly ascended toward the top of the list on most prospect rankings, with the expectation being that not only will he make his Major League debut during the second half of the 2024 season, but he could be on a path to becoming the team's ace by the start of 2025.

However, Shaw could have a similar impact on the position player side. Shaw made it to Double-A by the end of his first season in the Cubs' organization, and if he continues to hit, he may be the third baseman at the Major League level by the time the trade deadline arrives.

Of all the prospects ranked by Law, Busch may be the one that has the greatest impact this season. The Cubs are moving forward with the plan of having Busch serve as the everyday first baseman and that could allow the top prospect to meet the expectations that were cast upon him when he was rising through the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

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