"The Cubs are coming."
The organization's young prospects have quietly adopted that phrase as their new motto. Thursday evening, the mantra rang true.
MLB.com released its Top 100 prospects and seven Cubs made the list, including two in the Top 10 -- Javier Baez at 7th and Kris Bryant at 9th. Only the Minnesota Twins (Byron Buxton at No. 1 and Miguel Sano at No. 4) had a higher-ranked duo.
Albert Almora (18th), C.J. Edwards (42), Jorge Soler (49), Arismendy Alcantara (89) and Pierce Johnson (100) rounded out the Cubs' representation in the rankings.
The Cubs' seven players on the list tied with the Houston Astros for the second-most in the league. Only the Boston Red Sox, Theo Epstein's former team, had more with nine.
Of the group, Epstein's front office is responsible for bringing five of the Cubs' seven players. Baez and Alcantara were the only holdovers in the system when Epstein arrived in late 2011.
In the MLB.com midseason rankings last summer, the Cubs had four players on the list -- Baez (9th), Almora (22), Soler (26) and Bryant (36). Mike Olt, whom the Cubs acquired from Texas at last year's trade deadline, was ranked No. 58 last year while with the Rangers.
Bryant and Almora were live-tweeting MLB.com's Top 100 unveiling Thursday evening and even fellow Cubs prospect Daniel Vogelbach weighed in:
blessed to be apart of such a great group of ball players! this was a lot of fun! Goodnight twitter! #MuchLove— Albert Almora (@albertalmora) January 24, 2014