2017 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Arms

Another day, another list. After covering the top bats of the system yesterday, today we take a look at the best pitching prospects the Cubs system has to offer. This list tends to look a little stronger than the position players, with several players that could make it as potential back of the rotation starters or solid bullpen pieces in Chicago one day. The depth is definitely here in this list and should be something you show your friends when they tell you that the Cubs system has traded away all of the good prospects they have. Continue reading

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2017 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Bats

After two straight seasons, the system is a little more depleted than what we are used to in Chicago. With that being said, there are still plenty of low-floor hitters in the advanced minors to go along with several high-upside athletes in the lower minors. This lists covers only the top 20 position players in the system while the top 20 pitchers will be posted tomorrow. Continue reading

2016 Midseason Pitching Prospect Rankings

The other day I covered the top 20 position player prospects throughout the Cubs farm system and today we have moved on to the pitchers. Now the way I go about presenting the midseason prospect lists is in a very clean and easy to understand way. I want to get the names out there of who the top prospects in the system are, put them in order, and see how they progress according to how I thought they would.

The way I do that is by giving you the facts on who they are: their name, age, and level in the system and also giving you the player’s stats for the current season. That doesn’t always play well because we all know that prospects aren’t determined entirely based off of their stats. A player can be an incredible prospect while having lackluster stats all the while a double-A hitter can be absolutely mashing while not really having a shot at the major leagues.

That is especially true for pitchers, including the ones on this list. What I am doing is giving my list of top pitching prospects in the Chicago Cubs system based on numerous factors but to make things easier on you – the reader – I will still just present the player as his name and his stats. Continue reading

2016 Midseason Position Player Prospect Rankings

The trade deadline is finally over. Which means one thing here at Out of the Vines. It is time for the midseason prospect rankings! Since a few trades have forced Theo and Co. to dig into their pockets full of prospects, this list looks quite different than what it did in our preseason rankings.

Today we cover the position player prospects and with that, we will see a new man on top. With Willson Contreras and Albert Almora graduating from their prospect classification and Dan Vogelbach, Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney being traded away, the entire list takes a new form.

Let’s take a look at the 2016 Midseason Position Player Prospect Rankings. Continue reading

Position Player Prospects #1-5: Preseason 2016

After reading up on position player prospects #16-20 as well as #11-15 and #6-10, it is now time for the top five hitters in the Cubs minor league system. At this point it is pretty clear what five players are left but it is just a matter of what order they are in on this list. Before you jump to conclusions on where those five will be listed, why don’t you just check out how I see some of the top prospects in the system.
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Position Player Prospects #6-10: Preseason 2016

After covering both numbers 16-20 as well as numbers 11-15, the time is finally here. It is time for the Top Ten! As you read through numbers 6 through 10 of this list you will find a lot of smart hitters. These guys show a lot of plate discipline and vision and this is finally the part of the list where the potential is there for each and every one of these players to be very productive Major Leaguers. Continue reading