Cubs prospects all over Pleskoff’s Dream Team
Dan Vogelbach is one of baseball’s top minor league first basemen. (Photo by Aldrin Capulong/Daytona Cubs)
Over the last few weeks, multiple baseball outlets have unveiled their respective prospect rankings, but the fun hasn’t stopped there. Some scribes are now taking things a step further.
On Wednesday, MLB.com’s Bernie Pleskoff unveiled another unique way to look at baseball’s best minor leaguers. He created a National League ‘Dream Team’ of prospects, naming his top player at each position.
Four Cubs farmhands claimed a spot in his starting lineup. Here’s what he had to say about the future North Siders:
First Base: Dan Vogelbach, Cubs, 21 years old
This is not a very deep position in the NL.
Vogelbach can flat-out hit, and he has produced at every level of play. He is a wide-bodied guy at six feet and 250 pounds. Vogelbach’s fielding leaves something to be desired, but in a slim group of first baseman, he gets my nod.
Shortstop: Javier Baez, Cubs, 21
I saw Baez hit some of the longest home runs ever struck in the Arizona Fall League. He has lightning-quick hands through the ball. Baez will be an offensive force.
Third Base: Kris Bryant, Cubs, 22
I am not convinced Bryant will continue as a third baseman. He’s a big man at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds. Bryant may be best suited using his outstanding arm in right field.
Bryant is a power hitter with a sweet stroke. He has advanced hitting ability with a chance to fly through the organization.
Outfield: Albert Almora, Cubs, 19
Almora has the ability to play an outstanding center field without great fanfare. He’ll hit. He’ll run. He’ll play outstanding defense. Almora is a complete player with knowledge of his role. A line-drive hitter, Almora knows how to use the entire field as his personal playground.