1/10 Future Cubs

In its latest issue, Baseball America presented its list of top 10 Cubs prospects and also peeked into the future:

2016 Projected Cubs Lineup (not batting order)

C Welington Castillo
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Starlin Castro
3B Jeimer Candelario
SS Javier Baez
LF Brett Jackson
CF Albert Almora
RF Jorge Soler
Rotation: Jeff Samardzija, Matt Garza, Arodys Vizcaino, Edwin Jackson, Pierce Johnson
Closer: Juan Paniagua

Notes: I’ve heard good things about Candelario, who batted .281 at Boise last year with six home runs and 14 doubles. He’s only 19, he’s a switch-hitter, and still raw, but is someone to watch progress in the Minors. Can’t wait to see Almora and Soler at Wrigley (am guessing it will be before 2016).

Baseball America’s top 10 Cubs Prospects:

1. SS Javier Baez
2. OF Albert Almora
3. OF Jorge Soler
4. RHP Arodys Vizcaino
5. OF Brett Jackson
6. RHP Pierce Johnson
7. 1B Dan Vogelbach
8. 3B Jeimer Candelario
9. RHP Kyuji Fujikawa
10. SS Arismendy Alcantara

Notes: I’m surprised Fujikawa was included on the list since he’s projected for the big league team’s bullpen. A pitcher to keep an eye on is Dillon Maples in 2013, who is coming back from an elbow injury.

– Carrie Muskat

15 Comments

Wonder why no love for Junior Lake.

Brett Jackson will not be in the Cubs starting lineup in 2016…. he would be a great bench guy but he just simply won’t be good enough to start every day…. BOOK IT!!!

Nice to see Jackson ranked number five by Baseball America, maybe there is still hope for this kid to be a regular by 2016 given time to mature. Nobody can see the future and assume a young player may not get better and improve enough to become a regular. Jackson (more so) and even Vitters may just need a few more years and a few more pounds. One never knows…

I’m shocked not to see Junior Lake as well. I think he will be there, either at 3rd, or maybe an outfield spot.

I don’t understand why everyone seems to have given up on Matt Szcur.

And Barney?? :(

Alas Isabel….Barney may not see 2014 as a Cub…. I suppose that is a GOOD sign of talent being on the way to the big club?!?!?!?

Its okay, I’ll still be his number one fan even if he’s not with the Cubs!! :)

I hope Barney will still be with the Cubs in 2014. I hope he will still be there in 2016. Don’t think ANYONE can really predict that far ahead on who the Cub’s players will be. I can only HOPE he will still be at 2nd. He does love being a Cub.

I hope so too. But I will still be his fan if he leaves the Cubs. And duhhh everyone loves being a Cub! Haha

Certainly not a prediction, just a speculation that superior players than Barney will make their way on the team by or in 2014, pushing Barney off the roster or onto the bench…I say this BEING a Barney fan but also a realistic baseball fan. ANYBODY can speculate at least that much. We would be unrealistic if we were NOT to want a better second baseman than the already good second baseman we have. Rizzo and Castro may be the only set starters to remain in 2014, again, just a reasonable speculation. If the outfield is a hi run producing powerhouse in 2014 then by all means Barney would be a definate keeper.

Brett Jackson needs to address his proclivity to fan. In the minors last season, he was on a pace to strike out 200 times or more. That`s unacceptable. He does not deliver nearly enough long balls or extra base hits to justify those numbers.

You make a good point, Mamma, and I do recall Rob Deer and that he had power and fanned often. I believe he hit more than his share of tape-measure homers. Would be interested in knowing the extent of your baseball experience. Did you reach the pro level?

Right on Mamma!!

Agreed Mamma. I’ll take contact hitters with some power rather than all or nothing home run hitters with much power (especially those that HAVE to play LF because they have limited to no defensive skills to contribute). Jackson may be woth keeping for a few years as a work in progress to see if he can turn into a .290 hitter with some power (15-20 HR’s), he already has very good defensive skills. Our outfield is just BEGGING for players to make sieze a starting role. The likes of Soriano, DeJesus and Right Fielder Of The Day leave the door wide open for improvement.

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