Baseball America Crowns a Surprising New No. 1 Cubs Prospect

Most prospect lists tend to be pretty staid affairs. There is usually some analysis, a few statistics, and maybe even a little video. The rankings are often conservative in nature and rapid ascents are usually rare.

That is how things used to be.

With Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Jeimer Candelario, and Isaac Paredes gone, everything changed when it came to the Cubs’ top prospects and it was a sure bet that every list was going to vary greatly. While current performance should be part of the evaluation process, any prospect list should be looking two to four years down the road. As such, you’ll see some variation in how various outlets view prospects’ value.

Outside of Keith Law’s, rarely does a prospect list have any surprise value to it. Baseball America’s top 10 Cubs Prospect List didn’t necessarily shock me, but it most certainly offered some major surprises.

Let’s have a look:

10. Nelson Velazquez
9. Jen-Ho Tseng
8. Thomas Hatch
7. Brendon Little
6. Oscar de la Cruz
5. Alex Lange
4. Victor Caratini
3. Jose Albertos
2. Adbert Alzolay
1. Aramis Ademan

The first thing to note here is that only two names remain from last year’s top 10: Oscar de la Cruz and Jose Albertos. Mark Zagunis, Trevor Clifton, …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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