FanGraphs releases Top 10 Cubs prospect list

FanGraphs releases Top 10 Cubs prospect list
January 16, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Tony Andracki

As the Cubs' top young players were busy showcasing their skills at the team's prospect camp this week, the experts at FanGraphs were ranking them in order.

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Marc Hulet released FanGraphs' Top 10 Cubs Prospects Thursday:

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1. Javier Baez, SS
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Albert Almora, OF
4. Jorge Soler, OF
5. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B/SS
6. Pierce Johnson, RHP
7. C.J. Edwards, RHP
8. Dan Vogelbach, 1B
9. Arodys Vizcaino, P
10. Kyle Hendricks, RHP

Most interesting is the ranking of Edwards, who has been widely considered among the Cubs' "Big 5," along with Baez, Bryant, Almora and Soler.

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Johnson may not have the same eye-popping numbers or head-turning stuff, but he's a smart pitcher who may have been one of the first arms taken in the 2012 draft if not for a minor forearm injury during his last season at Missouri State.

Hendricks seems to hover around the Top 10 on just about everybody's list.

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Other than that, everything seems pretty much standard here.

As a bonus, Hulet threw in the next five, too:

11. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
12. Christian Villanueva, 3B
13. Duane Underwood, RHP
14. Eloy Jimenez, OF
15. Neil Ramirez, RHP

Most interesting is the arrival of Jimenez, the 17-year-old prospect from the Dominican Republic who was listed as the top international prospect in 2013. Jimenez is obviously a long ways away from the big leagues, but the young outfielder has impressed with his size (listed at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds) and power.

Ramirez came over with Edwards as the final piece of the Matt Garza trade with the Texas Rangers in July and has battled injuries the last couple of seasons.

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Underwood is also an interesting choice as a Top 15 prospect. The 19-year-old righty was selected in the second round of the 2012 Draft and has pitched just 63 innings in his professional career since, topping out at short-season Class-A ball in Boise last season.