2018 Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

Cubs Top 10 Prospects
1. Aramis Ademan, SS
2. Adbert Alzolay, RHP
3. Jose Albertos, RHP
4. Victor Caratini, C
5. Alex Lange, RHP
6. Oscar De La Cruz, RHP
7. Brendon Little, LHP
8. Thomas Hatch, RHP
9. Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP
10. Nelson Velazquez, OF

GOT QUESTIONS? Cubs Top 10 Chat


For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: OF/2B Ian Happ (2) and OF Albert Almora (3), both first-rounders, carved out roles.

Trending: 🔻Down after graduations and trades.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: The Cubs have binged on drafting and signing pitchers in recent years—they spent a pair of 2017 first-round picks on lefthander Brendon Little and righthander Alex Lange—thus turning what had long been an organizational weakness into the biggest strength of a thin system. The majority of those pitchers are still years away from Chicago, however. And some of the most talented pitchers have yet to log a full season of work in the minors.

Weaknesses: The Cubs haven't drafted a position player in the top four rounds in the past two drafts, and they traded away outfielder Eloy Jimenez, shortstops Isaac Paredes and Gleyber Torres and third baseman Jeimer Candelario in the past 18 months. Coupled with graduations, this leaves the thinnest group of Cubs minor league position players in years.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Victor Caratini.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Nelson Velazquez.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Mark Zagunis.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: D.J. Wilson.
🔸Best Athlete: D.J. Wilson.
🔸Best Fastball: Dillon Maples.
🔸Best Curveball: Alex Lange.
🔸Best Slider: Dillon Maples.
🔸Best Changeup: Jose Albertos.
🔸Best Control: Jen-Ho Tseng.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: P.J. Higgins.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Luis Vazquez.
🔸Best INF Arm: Luis Vazquez.
🔸Best Defensive OF: D.J. Wilson. 
🔸Best OF ArmEddy Martinez.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Willson Contreras (29)
🔸1B Anthony Rizzo (31)
🔸2B Javier Baez (28)
🔸3B Kris Bryant (29)
🔸SS Addison Russell (27)
🔸LF Kyle Schwarber 28)
🔸CF Albert Almora (27)
🔸RF Ian Happ (26)
🔸SP Jose Quintana (32)
🔸SP Jon Lester (37)
🔸SP Kyle Hendricks (31)
🔸SP Adbert Alzolay (26)
🔸SP Mike Montgomery (31)
🔸CL Carl Edwards (29)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: Josh Vitters (Amer. Assoc.) | WAR: -1.3
🔸2009: Josh Vitters (Amer. Assoc.) | WAR:  **
🔸2010: SS Starlin Castro (Yankees) | WAR: 13.5
🔸2011: RHP Chris Archer (Rays) | WAR: 11.8
🔸2012: OF Brett Jackson (DNP) | WAR: 0.1
🔸2013: SS Javier Baez (Cubs) | WAR: 5.8
🔸2014: SS Javier Baez (Cubs) | WAR: **
🔸2015: 3B Kris Bryant (Cubs) | WAR: 19.7
🔸2016: SS Gleyber Torres (Yankees) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: OF Eloy Jimenez (White Sox) | WAR: N/A

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Andrew Cashner (Rangers) | WAR: 8.7
🔸2009: OF Brett Jackson (DNP) | WAR: 0.1
🔸2010: RHP Hayden Simpson (DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: SS Javier Baez (Cubs) | WAR: 5.8
🔸2012: OF Albert Almora (Cubs) | WAR: 1.8
🔸2013: 3B Kris Bryant (Cubs) | WAR: 19.7
🔸2014:Kyle Schwarber (Cubs) | WAR: 1.1
🔸2015: OF Ian Happ (Cubs) | WAR: 1.8
🔸2016: RHP Thomas Hatch (Cubs) | Top 10
🔸2017: LHP Brendon Little (Cubs) | Top 10

 


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