The Cubs farm system continues to gain momentum heading into Theo Epstein's third year as president of baseball operations.
With three of the organization's top prospects tearing up the Arizona Fall League, the Cubs tied the Kansas City Royals for fifth place in Baseball America's farm systems rankings. The Cubs were ranked 12th on Baseball America's organization rankings before the beginning of the 2013 season.
BA's ranking system rewards prospects who are close to major-league ready, which may have been enough to push the Cubs down on the list.
By most measures, uber prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant appear to be on the fast track to Wrigley Field, but other players -- Arismendy Alcantara, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, Pierce Johnson, C.J. Edwards -- may be a year or more off.
Regardless of timelines, the Cubs have some of the top young talent in the game, as evidenced by a Monday morning tweet from Baseball Prospectus' Jason Parks:
As if it weren't enough that they're just one win away from a third championship in the last decade, the Boston Red Sox also earned the top spot in Baseball America's rankings, led by Xander Bogaerts, who has come through for some big hits this postseason.
The Houston Astros, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers filled out the Top 5.
The rankings were immediate reaction to the 2013 season, and the official Baseball America farm system rankings will come out just before the 2014 campaign.