With spring camp officially started around the MLB, the final domino to fall in the offseason prospect rankings came Wednesday.
Baseball America released its annual Top 100 list, and seven Cubs cracked the rankings, including two in the Top 10 and five in the Top 50.
As usual, Javier Baez is the top Cub on the list, coming in at No. 5 behind only Byron Buxton, Xander Bogaerts, Oscar Taveras and Masahiro Tanaka.
BA's Ben Badler heaped plenty of praise on Baez:
The scariest thing about Javier Baez isn't his freakish bat speed or power. It's how much he improved all around last year. #BA100— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) February 20, 2014
Kris Bryant (eighth) also ranked among the Top 10. C.J. Edwards (28), Albert Almora (36), Jorge Soler (41), Pierce Johnson (87) and Arismendy Alcantara (100) rounded out the Cubs' prospects.
The Cubs' seven players on the list tied for second with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Only the Boston Red Sox, Theo Epstein's former club, had more with eight prospects.
Last year, the Cubs had four players on Baseball America's list: Baez (16th), Almora (33rd), Soler (34th) and Arodys Vizcaino (83rd).