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Baseball Prospectus names Cubs top 10 prospects

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Inside baseball website Baseball Prospectus has spent the offseason cataloging each organization’s top 10 prospects. This morning, they finally released the Cubs cream of the crop. And if you needed another reason to trust in what the team is doing, this breakdown might just be it.

Prospect guru Jason Parks raved about the impact talent in the system, starting with the organization’s “Core Four” of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.

Through the amateur draft, trades, and the international market, the Cubs have built one of the strongest systems in baseball, with high-impact talent that everybody knows and better depth than people might realize. The farm will rank no. 2 in the minors, just behind the Twins and just ahead of the Pirates,” said Parks in his parting thoughts.

The content is for subscribers only (and if you love baseball, it’s well worth the cost of a subscription). Here’s a brief summary of how Baseball Prospectus ranked the Cubs talent. We list each player’s strengths, but there’s much more good stuff in the article. They also list an estimated time of arrival in the big leagues, and nine of the 10 Cubs prospects are expected to arrive in 2014 or 2015.

1. SS Javier Baez
Strengths: Elite bat speed; elite hands; plus hand-eye coordination; can make hard contact to all fields; natural ability to barrel the ball; raw power is elite; game power could play to elite; arm is plus-plus; actions are easy plus in the field; baseball instincts; superstar profile.

2. 3B Kris Bryant
Strengths: Excellent size and present strength; good athlete; elite raw power; game power could play plus-plus or better; highly leveraged swing built for over-the-fence production; some bat-to-ball ability and hit tool utility; plus arm; glove should play to average; fringe run but good athlete and coordinated for size.

3. CF Albert Almora
Strengths: High level baseball skills and instincts; natural bat-to-ball ability; can make hard contact to all fields; hit tool projects to be plus (or better) tracks well and shows advanced approach; has above-average raw power; swing more gap-to-gap at present but over-the-fence power could show up as he matures; glove in center is easy plus; quick reactions and proper reads help range; arm is solid-average to plus; cocky/confident player.

4. RF Jorge Soler
Strengths: Elite raw power; extreme strength and leverage in swing; game power could play to plus-plus; shows some hit tool quality; could play above average; arm is well above average; glove plays; runs well; looks the part.

5. RHP C.J. Edwards
Strengths: Loose, easy delivery; near elite release; ball just explodes out of his hand; fastball very comfortable in the 92-95 range; can work higher; very good angle and arm-side life; easy release helps secondary arsenal play up; changeup projects as plus offering; very good deception and fade; curveball is bat-missing weapon at present; above-average shape and depth; pitchability; good makeup.

6. SS Arismendy Alcantara
Strengths: Plus athlete with good present strength; excellent hands; creates plus bat speed and above-average power; short, clean path to the ball; makes hard contact; easy plus run; multi-dimensional offensive threat; plus arm; above-average glove at second; five-tool talent.

7. RHP Pierce Johnson
Strengths: Prototypical starter’s body; long, lean, and athletic; very good arm strength; fastball is plus; low-90s velocity that routinely pops the mid-90s on the gun; breaking is easy plus and could end up even better if the command improves; low-80s hammer curve with serious snap; some feel for an average changeup that has some projection.

8. 1B Dan Vegelbach
Strengths: Big boy strength; big boy raw power; doesn’t sell out swing for game power; generates impressive bat speed with quick, strong stroke that is short to the ball/long through it; projects to hit for both average and power; makes pitchers work and doesn’t give away outs.

9. 3B Christian Villanueva
Strengths: Broad-shouldered with good present strength; hands are exceptional in the field; fluid actions; excellent backhand pickup; easy plus arm; can make every play in, side, or back; fast hands at the plate; shows bat speed and some power potential; very heady player with plus makeup.

10. 3B Jeimer Candelario
Strengths: Good present strength; fluid swing from both sides of the plate; shows excellent bat speed and quick path to the ball; very mature approach; tracks the ball well; has a plan at the plate; power could play above average; arm is strong; work ethic to refine with the glove.

BP also lists three prospects that are on the rise in the Cubs system (pitchers RHP Paul Blackburn and LHP Rob Zastryzny and catcher C Mark Malave) and three prospects that could potentially contribute to the Cubs this year (3B Mike Olt, RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Neil Ramirez).

Arizona Fall League recap: 11/16/13

After clinching the AFL East Division with a 19-11-1 record,  Mesa had an opportunity to claim the Arizona Fall League title on Saturday. Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler pitched well as the Sox’s starter, but Mesa couldn’t get the bats going—Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler included—in a 2-0 loss to Surprise. Despite the championship loss, Bryant was named the AFL’s MVP after hitting .364/.457/.727 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with a league-high six homers in 77 at-bats. He also led the league in total bases (56), OPS (1.184) and slugging.

Beeler was handed the loss, after giving up one earned run on two hits and a walk over five innings. He also struck out five. Bryant finished 0-for-4 at the plate while Soler was 0-for-3 . Here are the final stats for the Cubs prospects in the AFL.

Hitting
Albert Almora, OF – .307/.342/.480, 75 AB, 1 HR, 6 2B, 2 3B, 12 RBI, 8 R
Kris Bryant, 3B – .364/.457/.727, 77 AB, 6 HR, 8 2B, 1 3B, 17 RBI, 22 R
Wes Darvill, UT – .171/.237/.286, 35 AB, 1 HR, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 4 R
Jorge Soler, RF – .271/.311/.376, 85 AB, 1 HR, 6 2B, 14 RBI, 11 R

Pitching
Dallas Beeler – 4-1, 2.49 ERA, 21.2 IP, 9 K, 5 BB, 1.34 WHIP
Lendy Castillo – 0-0, 1.74 ERA, 10.1 IP, 7 K, 12 BB, 2.03 WHIP
Matt Loosen – 2-1, 3.29 ERA, 13.2 IP, 14 K, 6 BB, 1.54 WHIP
Armando Rivero – 0-1, 4.91 ERA, 11.0 IP, 9 K, 5 BB, 1.73 WHIP

Arizona Fall League/Caribbean Leagues recap: 11/14/13

The Solar Sox wrapped up their division Thursday with a 9-3 win over Glendale. Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler both had solid days at the plate. Mesa will take on Surprise Saturday in the AFL Championship Game.  Edwin Maysonet had a pair of hits for his Puerto Rican side and Marcus Hatley racked up another save in Mexico. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Arizona Fall League

Kris Bryant, 3B – Bryant walked in his first at-bat and reached base on a single in his third at-bat. He would later score on a Tyler Collins (Tigers) homer. Bryant walked again in the seventh and finished the game 1-for-3 with two walks.

Jorge Soler, RF – Soler singled in his first at-bat and reached on a fielding error in his second plate appearance. He then reached on a single past the shortstop in the top of the fifth. Collins would drive him in also on the home run as Soler finished the afternoon 2-for-5.

Caribbean Leagues

Mexico

Marcus Hatley, RHP – Hatley racked up his fifth save of the winter, despite giving up a home run in a Culiacan win.

Puerto Rico

Edwin Maysonet, SS – Maysonet had a pair of singles for Santurce, finishing 2-for-4 in a win.

Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota recorded an RBI double and scored a run for Ponce.

Arizona Fall League/Caribbean Leagues recap: 11/12/13

The Cubs’ big three were all in the Solar Sox lineup Tuesday, and all three recorded a hit in an 8-1 Mesa win. In Puerto Rico, Edwin Maysonet had a three-hit day, and Marcus Hatley picked up a win for his club in Mexico. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Arizona Fall League

Albert Almora, CF – Almora stepped up with the the bases loaded in the second and singled to left to score Tyler Collins (Tigers) from third. That was his only hit of the day. He finished 1-for-4.

Kris Bryant, 3B – Bryant singled in the fifth for his only hit of the game, going 1-for-4.

Lendy Castillo, RHP – Castillo gave up an unearned run in the eighth inning and had some control issues. He walked three and struck out one. His ERA stands at 1.74.

Jorge Soler, RF – With a runner on second in the bottom of the first, Soler drove in the game’s first run on a single to center. He also drew a walk in the third to finish 1-for-3.

Caribbean Leagues

Dominican Republic

Junior Lake, CF – Lake had a pair of singles, going 2-for-4 with an RBI in an Oriente loss. He also stole his fourth base of the winter.

Mexico

Marcus Hatley, RHP – Hatley entered the game with one out in the top of the ninth and got both batters out before his team scored in the bottom half of the inning, giving Culiacan a 1-0 victory and Hatley his first win of the season (1-1).

Puerto Rico

Edwin Maysonet, SS – Maysonet went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored for Santurce.

Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota had an RBI double and recorded a walk in a 1-for-3 showing Tuesday.

Arizona Fall League/Caribbean Leagues recap: 11/11/13

Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler dominated on the mound for the Solar Sox while fellow farmhands Albert Almora and Kris Bryant did the same at the plate Monday afternoon. Also, Edwin Maysonet and Jonathan Mota each manned the shortstop position and fared well at the plate for their respective Puerto Rican squads. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Arizona Fall League

Albert Almora, RF – Relegated to ninth in the batting order after some shaky plate appearances over the week, Almora got back on track Monday with a single in his first at-bat in the second inning. In the top of the fourth with nobody on and two out, the outfielder drove a double to left. In his third at-bat, he scored Devon Travis (Tigers) from third on a sharp single to center to finish 3-for-4.

Dallas Beeler, RHSP – Beeler pitched his finest game of the fall, going five scoreless innings, giving up five hits and walking none. He struck out Japhet Amador (Astros) and Stefen Romero (Mariners) and induced three double-plays. Beeler is now 4-1 with a 2.49 ERA.

Kris Bryant, 3B – Bryant got off to a fast start, ripping a double to center in his first at-bat. He advanced to third on a ground-out, and scored on a Tyler Collins (Tigers) sacrifice fly to record the first run of the game. The 2013 first-round pick drew a walk in his next appearance and had a two-out double in the seventh. He walked again in the ninth, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 and reaching base four times.

Caribbean Leagues

Dominican Republic

Frank Batista, RHP – Batista pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two in Cibaenas’ 8-1 win Monday.

Puerto Rico

Edwin Maysonet, SS – Batting ninth, Maysonet had a pair of singles to finish 2-for-4, despite a Santurce loss.

Jonathan Mota, SS – Mota went 2-for-5 for the Leones, driving in a run in a 7-3 victory.

Arizona Fall League/Caribbean Leagues recap: 11/8/13-11/10/13

The Solar Sox picked up a pair of wins this weekend, and many of the Cubs prospects got into the act. Junior Lake had a solid weekend in the Dominican, and Edwin Maysonet picked up a few hits in Puerto Rico. Here are some highlights from this weekend’s action.

Arizona Fall League

Albert Almora, LF/RF – Almora led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left on Friday. He was driven in two batters later from second on a Brian Goodwin (Nationals) single. He finished 1-for-4.

Kris Bryant, 3B – Bryant drew two walks and went 0-for-3 on Friday. On Saturday he had an eighth-inning single and went 1-for-5 on the afternoon.

Lendy Castillo, RHP – Castillo pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday, giving up one hit. His ERA is now at 1.93.

Wes Darvill, PH/2B – Darvill entered the game as a pinch-hitter on Saturday, grounding out in his only at-bat.

Armando Rivero, RHP – Rivero pitched on Saturday, giving up no runs on one hit and striking out Travis Shaw (Red Sox).

Jorge Soler, RF – On Friday, Soler singled in his first at-bat and scored four batters later when Devon Travis drove him in from third (Tigers). He went 1-for-5. He singled in his first-at-bat again on Saturday, and C.J. Cron (Angels) drove him in with a homer. The Cuba native finished the day 1-for-5.

Caribbean Leagues

Dominican Republic

Arismendy Alcantara, PH/2B – Alcantara was hitless in three at-bats for Licey on Friday and 0-for-2 on Saturday.

Julio Borbon, CF – Borbon drew a walk in his only at-bat on Saturday for the Tigres. He was 0-for-3 on Sunday.

Marcos Mateo, RHP – The reliever pitched two innings, giving up no runs on two hits, two walks and striking out three for Oriente on Friday. He blew the save on Sunday, but earned his third win of the winter (3-0 record), giving up one earned run on one hit, walking one and striking out one.

Junior Lake, LF – Lake had a single and two walks, finishing 1-for-5 on Friday for Oriente. He added another hit on Saturday, going 1-for-4, and went 1-for-3 on Sunday with a walk and two runs scored.

Mexico

Marcus Hatley, RHP – Hatley pitched a scoreless ninth inning, giving up a walk and no hits Sunday.

Puerto Rico

Edwin Maysonet, 3B – Maysonet had a single and scored a run Friday for Santurce and went 1-for-4 on Saturday with a walk and a run scored.

Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota struggled this weekend, going hitless in three at-bats Friday and two appearances Sunday for Ponce.

Rubi Silva, LF – Silva had a pair of hits and drove in a run for Ponce on Friday and added a double on Saturday.

Venezuela

Frank Del Valle, LHSP – Starting for Margarita Friday, Del Valle gave up two earned runs on one hit and four walks in 3.1 innings to earn a no-decision.

Yoanner Negrin, RHSP – Negrin went five innings, giving up five earned runs and taking the loss for Caracas Sunday. He struck out four.

Lioger Padron, RHP – Padron picked up his first loss of the season Friday for the Leones, giving up a run in the 14th on two hits.

Hector Rondon, RHP – Rondon recorded a hold, pitching a scoreless inning for Caracas Friday.

Arizona Fall League/Caribbean Leagues recap: 11/6/13

Mesa couldn’t get back on track, falling 6-4 to Glendale on Wednesday, but Kris Bryant and a few Cubs relievers made solid contributions. Elsewhere, Frank Batista and Marcos Mateo both pitched well in the Dominican. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s fall/winter league action.

Arizona Fall League

Kris Bryant, 3B – Bryant led off the second inning with a single to center. He scored three batters later on a Steven Souza Jr. (Nationals) double. Bryant reached base again in the third with a walk and in the eighth with a two-out single to right. He finished 2-for-3 on the day.

Lendy Castill0, RHP – Castillo pitched a scoreless fifth inning, walking one and striking out Pratt Maynard (Dodgers) to end the frame.

Wes Darvill, LF – Darvill finished 0-for-4 Wednesday.

Armando Rivero, RHP – Rivero relieved fellow farmhand Castillo and pitched a scoreless sixth inning, giving up one hit, walking one and striking out Marcus Semien (White Sox).

Mesa travels to Glendale Thursday to take on the Desert Dogs. Michael Roth (Angels) will throw for Mesa while Jamie Walczak (Reds) takes mound for Glendale. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 CST.

Caribbean Leagues

Dominican Republic

Frank Batista, RHP – Batista gave up two hits over two innings, striking out one and allowing no runs in an 8-2 Aguilas loss.

Marcos Mateo, RHP – The Estrellas closer racked up his fourth save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning and striking out one in the 5-3 win.

Junior Lake, LF – Lake went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly for the Estrellas.

Venezuela

Hector Rondon, RHP – Rondon pitched 0.1 innings, giving up two hits, walking one and allowing two runs, though neither was earned in a 4-1 Leones loss.

Arizona Fall League/Caribbean Leagues recap: 11/5/13

Mesa came back to defeat Salt River 5-4 Monday night in a rain-shortened, eight-inning affair. Jorge Soler stepped up in a big way for the Sox, while right-hander Matt Loosen picked up the win despite a shaky inning of relief. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s fall/winter league action.

Arizona Fall League

Kris Bryant, 3B – Batting fourth, Bryant finished 0-for-2 with a walk.

Matt Loosen, RHP – Loosen entered the game in the fifth inning, walked the first two batters and surrendered a single to load the bases with no outs. But then he got Stephen Piscotty (Cardinals) to pop out, and after giving up an RBI single, fanned Tim Wheeler (Rockies) and induced a line out from Richie Shaffer (Rays) to end the inning. Loosen was credited with the win. His final line read: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER 2 BB, 1 K.

Jorge Soler, RF – With men on second and third in the bottom of the fifth, Soler hit a sharp grounder to left, scoring David Freitas (Athletics) and Addison Russell (Athletics). The two-RBI double scored the game-tying and game-winning runs. He finished 1-for-4.

Mesa heads to Salt River Tuesday to take on the Rafters, with first pitch scheduled for 8:08 CST. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network. Tommy Collier (Tigers) will throw for the Sox opposite Sam Gaviglio (Cardinals).

Caribbean League

Dominican Republic

Arismendy Alcantara, 2B – Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in a 2-1 win for Licey.

Arizona Fall League/Caribbean League recap: 11/1/13 -11/3/13

The Arizona Fall League held its midseason Fall Stars game on Saturday, and it featured the Cubs’ big three prospects. All three got in the game for the East, but the West cruised to a 9-2 win. Here are some highlights from the weekend’s fall/winter league action.

Arizona Fall League –

Albert Almora, RF – Almora entered the game in the top of the sixth as a defensive replacement, and went 0-for-2 at the plate.

Kris Bryant, 3B – Bryant led off the top of the eighth with a soft liner to center. Two batters later, Devon Travis (Tigers) tripled, scoring the Cubs 2013 first-round pick. Bryant finished 1-for-4 and committed two errors in the field.

Jorge Soler, RF – Batting seventh for the AFL East, Soler reached on a walk in his first at-bat. In his other at-bat, he led off the fifth with a sharp single to the right side of the infield.

On Friday, the Solar Sox were on the losing end of a 5-4 decision with Peoria. Almora and Wes Darvill both got in the game for Mesa.

Albert Almora, DH – Almora led off for the Sox and got things going in the bottom of the first with a double to right, but he was left stranded at second. He drew a walk in his next at-bat. With Mesa trailing by a run entering the ninth, Almora smacked a one-out triple to center, but Mesa couldn’t drive him in to tie the game. THe Cubs prospect finished 2-for-4 with a walk.

Wes Darvill, 3B – Darvill reached on a two-out walk in the fifth. In the seventh, he reached on an error and scored from second on a Dixon Machado single (Tigers). Darvill finished 1-for-3.

Mesa hosts Salt River Monday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:35 CST. Matt Purke (Nationals) will take the mound for the Sox, while Grayson Garvin (Rays) will throw for the Rafters.

Caribbean League –

Dominican Republic

Jeffry Antigua, LHP – Antigua was credited with a hold, striking out his only batter for the Toros as they came away victorious on Saturday.

Junior Lake, LF – Lake went 1-for-4 with the game-winning RBI for Oriente on Sunday. He also added a pair of hits in a loss on Saturday.

Marcos Mateo, RHP – Mateo blew a save on Sunday, but recorded the win, pitching one inning and giving up an earned run on two hits and a walk for the Estrellas de Oriente. He racked up his third save of the Dominican league season with a one-strikeout, hitless ninth inning on Friday.

Mexico

Marcus Hatley, RHP – Hatley pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Culican in a 7-2 win on Friday.

Puerto Rico

Edwin Maysonet, SS – Maysonet had a single and a walk in a 1-0 win for Santurce Saturday.

Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota recorded a single and scored the Leones’ only run in a 4-1 loss Saturday. He singled, walked and drove in a run in a win on Friday.

Rubi Silva, LF – Silva went 2-for-4 on Friday with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored for Ponce.

Venezuela

Frank Del Valle, LHP – Starting for Margarita on Saturday, Del Valle gave up one run on four hits and three walks, striking out two over three innings. The Bravos won 7-5.

Hector Rondon, RHP – Rondon surrendered two hits but struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning for Caracas Sunday.

Arizona Fall League/Caribbean Leagues recap: 10/31/13

Mesa looks to be getting back on track, topping Scottsdale 7-3 Thursday and tallying 12 hits. The Cubs’ big three prospects all took the field, with mixed results. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s action.

Albert Almora, LF – Almora went 0-for-4 Thursday.

Kris Bryant, 3B – Bryant reached base for the first time in the sixth inning, drawing a one-out walk. He’d get to second on a hit-by-pitch and move to third on a fielder’s choice. Then fellow farmhand Jorge Soler drove him in with a single. He reached base again in the seventh with a single to load the bases and eventually scored on a Soler base on balls. Bryant finished 1-for-4.

Armando Rivero, RHP – Rivero entered the game in the seventh inning and struck out the first two batters he faced—Kyle Kubitza (Braves) and Peter O’Brien (Yankees). He then forced Aderlin Rodriguez (Mets) to pop out to earn his second hold of the fall.

Jorge Soler, RF – With two outs and runners on the corners in the sixth, Soler scored Byrant on a single to left field, capping a three-run inning. The Cuban prospect also drove in a run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh, again scoring Bryant. Soler finished 1-for-3.

Sammy Solis (Nationals) will take the mound Friday for Mesa against Peoria, opposite Jason Adams (Royals). Albert Almora is expected to DH and lead off for the Sox, and Wes Darvill will play third and bat eighth. First pitch is scheduled for 2:35 CST.

Caribbean Winter League

Venezuela – 

Yoanner Negrin, RHSP – Negrin gave up two earned runs on three hits over 6.1 innings Thursday for Caracas. The 29-year-old fanned two and walked none, but got a no-decision in a 6-4 win.

Hector Rondon, RHP – The Cubs 2012 Rule 5 selection pitched one inning for Caracas, giving up one hit and walking none to earn a hold.

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