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FanGraphs Top 22 Cubs List Bears Out Theo Epstein’s Boast About System

“The best part of our farm system right now is at the lower levels, where the talent is emerging, and at the big leagues, where they’re all wearing rings.”

That was Theo Epstein’s response to those questioning the strength of a system that wasn’t viewed with as much esteem as before. That best part of the farm system he’s talking about consists mostly of international players with raw talent who are still in the midst of their early developmental stages. FanGraphs’ recent top 22 prospect list highlights much of the Cubs’ lower-level Latin talent and includes several pitchers who could lock up MLB innings in 2018.

Aramis Ademan leads the pack of youngsters atop the rankings. As a left-handed hitting shortstop, the 19-year-old Ademan has moved through the system at a pace most teenagers don’t match. Quick and wiry, he hit .286 with a 16.7 percent strikeout rate and .180 ISO while playing for short-season Eugene before being promoted to South Bend.

Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs compared Ademan’s quiet hitting mechanics to former Phillies great, Jimmy Rollins.

“Ademan is similarly cool with a bat in his hands, taking quiet, comfortable swings that resemble the left-handed swing of Jimmy …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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