Though spring training is officially underway for every team in the league, top prospect lists are still being unveiled.
Baseball America rolled out their Top 100 prospect list for 2013 Tuesday and four Cubs made the list.
Javier Baez came in at No. 16 with Albert Almora No. 33 and Jorge Soler 34th. Arodys Vizcaino, who the Cubs acquired from the Braves at the trade deadline, was ranked 83rd.
Last year, the Cubs didn't have anybody until Brett Jackson at No. 32, followed by Anthony Rizzo (47), Baez (61) and Matt Szczur (64). Vizcaino was ranked No. 40 when he was still with Atlanta.
With the Cubs' farm system coming in at fifth in the rankings of one writer this winter, Baseball America's assessment is further proof of the organization's progression.
Of the four players on the list, only Vizcaino figures to lose his "prospect" status before the 2014 rankings come out, so the Cubs could very well add to their already-lofty status in the rankings. Baez, Almora and Soler will have another year of seasoning -- as will the rest of the club's prospects -- and the Cubs have the second overall pick of this summer's draft.
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Cracking this list is an accomplishment in and of itself. Of the 1,146 different players named to BA's Top 100 prospects from 1990-2009, 89 percent (1,020) have made the Major Leagues.