As the Cubs trade off veteran pieces to help acquire potential building blocks, the farm system continues to rank as one of the best in baseball.
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MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo released his updated Top 100 prospect list Friday and the Cubs garnered five players, with the third-highest ranking among ballclubs.
Three Cubs players ranked in the Top 30 and four in the Top 40.
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Beyond the Big Three of Javier Baez (ranked No. 11), Albert Almora (No. 25) and Jorge Soler (No. 30), the Cubs have added No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant (No. 40) and third baseman Mike Olt (No. 63) who was the Rangers' top prospect at the time of this week's Matt Garza deal.
Noticeably absent on the list, however, is Arismendy Alcantara, the Cubs' Double-A infield prospect that has been shooting up the rankings across the game while in the midst of a breakout season.
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An interesting note: there are only eight third basemen on the list, but the Cubs have two of those (Bryant, Olt). It wasn't long ago the organization was bereft of legitimate third base prospects and now only Minnesota's Miguel Sano ranks ahead of the Cubs' two players at the hot corner.
Mayo also ranked the Top 20 for each team, and RHP C.J. Edwards -- also acquired in the Garza deal with Texas -- is listed as the Cubs' 11th best prospect. Here's how Mayo ranked the rest of the Cubs' Top 20:
6. RHPArodys Vizcaino
7. RHP Pierce Johnson
9. OF/IF Junior Lake
10. OF Matt Szczur
11. 1B Dan Vogelbach
13. OF Brett Jackson
14. 3B Christian Villanueva
15. OF Jae-Hoon Ha
16. 3B Jeimer Candelario
17. RHP Paul Blackburn
18. RHP Duane Underwood
19. 2B Gioskar Amaya
20. RHP Alberto Cabrera