Chicago Cubs Top 10
By Josh Norris
A homegrown frontline starter has mostly eluded the Cubs under Theo Epstein.
Soon, though, they hope that finally changes.
Lefty Brailyn Marquez headlines Chicago's system, which ended 2019 ranked among the worst in baseball. Hampered by a mix of trades, injuries and lesser first round draft picks, the system is short on the impact near-ready talent many came to expect from Chicago in the early part of the decade. But there are still several intriguing names, notably outfielder Brennen Davis.
Here's how we project their lineup in 2023, with their 2023 age in parentheses.
Catcher: Willson Contreras (31)
First Base: Anthony Rizzo (33)
Second Base: Nico Hoerner (26)
Third Base: Kris Bryant (31)
Shortstop: Javier Baez (30)
Left Field: Kyle Schwarber (30)
Center Field: Albert Amora (29)
Right Field: Brennen Davis (23)
No. 1 Starter: Yu Darvish (36)
No. 2 Starter: Brailyn Marquez (24)
No. 3 Starter: Kyle Hendricks (33)
No. 4 Starter: Riley Thompson (26)
No. 5 Starter: Corby Abbott (27)
Closer: Ryan Jensen (25)
Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Chicago's Top 10, click here.
Best Hitter for Average: Nico Hoerner
Best Power Hitter: Brennen Davis
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Nico Hoerner
Fastest Baserunner: Edmond Americaan
Best Athlete: Brennen Davis
Best Fastball: Brailyn Marquez
Best Curveball: Jack Patterson
Best Slider: Cory Abbott
Best Changeup: Kohl Franklin
Best Control: Tyson Miller
Best Defensive Catcher: Miguel Amaya
Best Defensive Infielder: Nico Hoerner
Best Infield Arm: Luis Verdugo
Best Defensive Outfielder: Brennen Davis
Best Outfield Arm: Eddy Martinez