Two Cubs prospects named to Double-A All-Star team

Two Cubs prospects named to Double-A All-Star team
November 13, 2013, 11:45 am
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Tony Andracki

When people talk about the Cubs' top prospects, the focus is on Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, C.J. Edwards, Javier Baez or Jorge Soler.

But a pair of underrated prospects -- Arismendy Alcantara, Christian Villanueva -- earned MiLB honors this week as they were named to the 2013 Topps Double-A All-Star team.

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Alcantara enjoyed a breakout season with Double-A Tennessee, flashing power (36 doubles, 15 homers), speed (31 stolen bases) and a keen batting eye (69 walks, .352 OBP). The 22-year-old second baseman is expected to join Triple-A Iowa for the 2014 season and Chicago may not be long after that if he continues along this path.

The Dominican native did wear down at the end of the season, as he played more than 100 games for the first time in his career. He should be better equipped to handle the long season next year, barring injury.

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Villanueva came over from the Texas Rangers in the Ryan Dempster deal in 2012 and the former Baseball America No. 100 prospect (pre-2012) enjoyed his best pro season as well. The 22-year-old Mexican native led the Southern League in doubles (41), extra-base hits (62) and total bases (230) while playing great defense at third base.

Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson and Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley -- widely considered the best pitching prospect in the game right now -- headlined the rest of the 2013 Double-A All-Star roster.