Top 21 List

Today’s Update: June 16, 2017 (After the Draft)
Previous Update: March 29, 2017 (End of Spring Training)
Next Update:  After a trade or the end of the minor league season


19 – 21. Ala Carte Menu – Pick Your Own Three
Joe Martarano – 3B/1B/OF; Bailey Clark – Pitcher; Bryan Hudson – Pitcher; Gustavo Polanco – First Base; Michael Rucker – Pitcher; Chesny Young – Utility; Zach Hedges – Pitcher; Carlos Sepulveda – Second Base; DJ Wilson – Outfielder; Eddy Martinez – Outfielder; Preston Morrison – Pitcher; PJ Higgins – Catcher; Ryan Williams – Pitcher; Duane Underwood – Pitcher; Alec Mills – Pitcher; Bijan Rademacher – Outfield; Rob Zastryzny – Pitcher; Jose Rosario – Pitcher; Brailyn Marquez – Pitcher; Jonathan Sierra – Outfield; Zack Short – Shortstop; Faustino Carrera – Pitcher; Dakota Mekkes – Pitcher; Duncan Robinson – Pitcher; Delvin Zinn – Shortstop; Rafael Narea – 2B; and whomever you choose.


18. Erling Moreno
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Age: 19
2017 Affiliate – South Bend
Top Skills – 12 to 6 Curve that is flat out filthy, Opponents hit only .150 off him
ETA – 2019

17. Justin Steele – Pitcher

Age: 22
2017 Affiliate: Myrtle Beach
Top Skills: plus curve, live mid 90s fastball, improving every month in 2017
ETA: 2019

16. Wladimir Galindo – Third Base

Age: 19
2017 Affiliate – South Bend
Top Skills – Power and lots of it, Improving Plate Discipline, Doing well hitting for average. Suffered a broken leg and had surgery. He is likely out for the rest of the year.
ETA – 2019/20

15. Isaac Paredes – Shortstop

Age:18
2017 Affiliate: South Bend
Top Skills: Hit w/Potential for Power; Got off to a slow start, improving every month. Hitting over .300 in June.
ETA: 2020

14. Brendon Little – Pitcher
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Age: 20
2017 Affiliate: Eugene
Top Skill – 97 mph fastball as a lefty
I am looking forward to see where the Cubs place him this year and if he starts or relieves.
ETA – 2020 as a starter, 2018/2019 as a reliever

13. Jose Albertos – Pitcher
Age: 18
2017 Affiliate – Eugene
Top Skills – 97 mph fastball, command
ETA – 2020
The young 18-year-old out of Mexico throws between 95-97. Jose has been seen in extended spring training working up to four innings a start. Looks like he is working on his curve grip and will be delayed to Eugene a bit.

12. Alex Lange – Pitcher

Age: 21
2017 Affiliate: None
Top Skills: 93-96 mph fastball, plus curve, super-competitive
I think he will blossom as a pro.
ETA – 2019/2020

11. Mark Zagunis – Outfielder
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Age: 24
2017 Affiliate – Iowa/Chicago
Top Skills: pitch recognition, power potential, on-base machine
ETA – Late 2017

10. Oscar de la Cruz – Pitcher
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Age: 21
2017 Affiliate – Myrtle Beach
Top Skills – Commanding presence, fastball, curveball
ETA – 2018/2019
Sometimes, he makes it look so effortless. I often wonder how effortless it is for him. He could have been at AA Tennessee in early July. Things were going extremely well for him at Myrtle Beach before he skipped a start and went on the DL. He needs to stay healthy to build up that arm strength. Innings are what he needs.

9. Victor Caratini – Catcher

Age: 23
2017 Affiliate – Iowa
Top Skills – Switch hitting, hit almost .300 in 2016
ETA – 2017/18
I thought that 2016 was his best year as a Cub. Currently, he is blowing that season out of the water this year. He looks to be ready offensively to take over as the backup catcher in Chicago come 2018. On defense, I am not so sure. If he was ready defensively, he would probably be a top five prospect.

8. Aramis Ademan – Shortstop
Age – 17
2027 Affiliate – Mesa
Top skills – Defense, deft hands
ETA – 2021
He is going to skip rookie ball and play in short season Eugene in 2017. Defensively, he is leaps and bounds above every shortstop in the system.

7. Miguel Amaya – Catcher

Age: 18
2017 Affiliate – Eugene
Top Skills – Great receiver, great arm, and a developing power bat
ETA – 2020
He is a great defender with a great arm. This spring in EXST, he showed he some power in that bat. Premium skills at a premium position move him way up the board.

6. Adbert Alzolay – Pitcher

Age: 22
2017 Affiliate – Myrtle Beach
Top Skills – 96/97 mph fastball that he can sustain and maintain deep in the game.
ETA – 2019
He’s really come on in 2017 by quickening his pace. He still needs work on his change, but his FB is c’est magnifique. His curve is improving with a nice 2-7 arc.

5. Trevor Clifton – Pitcher
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Age: 21
2017 Affiliate – Tennessee
Top Skills – 3 plus pitches, improving command, pick-off move, pitchability, work ethic
ETA – 2018
He has been pretty consistent in 2017. It is easily his best start in his career. He has gone toe to toe with some big names and held his own. I still think efficiency should be the thing he works on most of the second-half. He needs to get to seven innings pretty consistently.

4. Tom Hatch – Pitcher
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Age: 21
2017 Affiliate – Myrtle Beach
Top Skills – 4 pitch repertoire, command and control, ridiculous armside run on his FB
ETA – 2019
He had a rough adjustment period in April through mid-May. After that, he’s been throwing darts including a 13 K affair. He could be amazing in the second half. Don’t look at his ERA before June.

3. Jeimer Candelario – 3B/1B
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Age 23
2017 Affiliate – Iowa
Top Skills – Switch hitting, can hit for power and average
ETA – 2017
I don’t know how much longer he is going to remain a Cub. I don’t think there’s much left for him to prove at Iowa, and I don’t think he’s going to get a fair shot to play every day in Chicago.

2. Dylan Cease – Pitcher
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Age: 21
2017 Affiliate – South Bend
Top Skills – 100 mph fastball, plus curve, improving changeup
ETA – 2019
He was having a pretty good season until he went down with an ankle injury in mid-May. The fastball and curves are there, the change is showing signs of being an average pitch. He still needs to be a lot more efficient to get into the sixth and seventh innings some more.

1. Eloy Jimenez – OF

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Age: 20
2017 Affiliate: Myrtle Beach/Tennessee
Top Skills: Hit for average and power, great pitch recognition, contagious smile
ETA – 2018
People laughed in the spring when he said he was trying to make ball club. He pretty much proved everyone wrong when he showed he belonged as a hitter. I think he’s about as close to being ready as he can be. Once he proves he we can make it at AA, I don’t even see the need for him to go to AAA. The question becomes where he is going to play.


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