Cubs net three prospects in MLB's Top 100

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Cubs net three prospects in MLB's Top 100

The Cubs notched three players on MLB.com's Top 100 prospects list. Two of those three players -- Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez -- weren't even a part of the organization this time last year.

The third, Brett Jackson, has been the Cubs' top prospect for years.

Jackson came in at 33rd on the list while Rizzo was named the 37th best prospect. Baez was 62nd.

Matt Moore, the stout left-handed pitcher of the Tampa Bay Rays, was named the game's top prospect by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout came in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Other notable names include Hak-Ju Lee (No. 46) and Chris Archer (No. 74), who were part of the Matt Garza deal.

Dan Vogelbach, the Cubs' 2011 second-round draft pick, was the 10th best first baseman by positional rankings, but didn't earn a spot in the Top 100.

By comparison, Rizzo was 18th on the same list last year and Jackson was 29th. Baez was obviously not a part of it, since he wasn't drafted until last summer.

Archer was 38th and Lee was 48th. Jackson was the only Cubs prospect, though the list last year only went up to the Top 50 players.

Preview: Cubs-Nationals Monday on CSN

Preview: Cubs-Nationals Monday on CSN

The Cubs take on the Washington Nationals on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 6 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Monday’s starting pitching matchup: Eddie Butler (3-2, 4.19 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (7-1, 2.96 ERA)

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Honda Road Ahead: Can Cubs slow down Nationals bats?

Honda Road Ahead: Can Cubs slow down Nationals bats?

CSN's David Kaplan and David DeJesus discuss the upcoming matchups in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

Maybe a four-game series with the N.L. East-leading Washington Nationals will help the Cubs take off. 

It did last year. 

The Cubs swept the Nats early last season, boosting themselves into first place in the National League - a position they wouldn't relinquish. More than a sweep, though, a positive series is vital for a team that continues to hover around .500. 

To do so, Joe Maddon's pitchers must somehow slow the Nationals offense, which has managed to push across more runs than any team in the majors. 

After D.C., the Cubs are off to Cincy for a three-game set with the Reds. 

Watch David Kaplan and David DeJesus preview the upcoming matchups in the video above.