BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox!

2021 Chicago Cubs Top MLB Prospects


By Kyle Glaser

It wasn't long ago a youthful core led by Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo helped propel the Cubs to the World Series. But as that core now moves closer to free agency, the organization turns its eye to the next wave.

We are taking questions ahead of our Cubs chat at 2 p.m. ET., which you can submit here.

Here's how we project their lineup in 2024, with their 2024 age in parentheses.

(Note: This lineup has been updated to reflect the trades of Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini)

Catcher: Miguel Amaya (25)
First Base: Anthony Rizzo (34)
Second Base: Nico Hoerner (27)
Third Base: Kris Bryant (32)
Shortstop: Javier Baez (31)
Left Field: Ian Happ (29)
Center Field: Brennen Davis (24)
Right Field: Jason Heyward (34)
Designated Hitter: David Bote (31)

No. 1 Starter: Kyle Hendricks (34)
No. 2 Starter: Brailyn Marquez (25)
No. 3 Starter: Adbert Alzolay (29)
No. 4 Starter: Kohl Franklin (24)
No. 5 Starter: Alec Mills (32)
Closer: Ryan Jensen (26)

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: Chase Strumpf
Best Power Hitter: Brennen Davis
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Miguel Amaya
Fastest Baserunner: Zach Davis
Best Athlete: Brennen Davis
Best Fastball: Brailyn Marquez
Best Curveball: Riley Thompson
Best Slider: Cory Abbott
Best Changeup: Kohl Franklin
Best Control: Keegan Thompson
Best Defensive Catcher: P.J. Higgins
Best Defensive Infielder: Ed Howard IV
Best Infield Arm: Christopher Morel
Best Defensive Outfielder: Cole Roederer
Best Outfield Arm: Eddy Martinez


Pete Crow Armstrong Photo By David Durochik Diamond Images Via Getty Images

2023 Cubs Top 10 Prospects Podcast

Kyle Glaser and Geoff Pontes break down the Cubs farm system.

Are you a member?

In order to access this exclusive content you must have a Baseball America Account. 

Login or sign up  

Additionally, you can subscribe to Baseball America's newsletter and receive all of our rankings, analysis, prospect insight & more delivered to your inbox every day. Click here to get started. 

of Free Stories Remaining