Chicago Cubs Farm System Report 2015

Chicago Cubs Farm System
Rank #1 heading into the 2015 season
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Chicago Cubs Farm System Report

The Chicago Cubs have quickly complied a very impressive list of talent and under the guidance of Theo Epstein they should be in contention very soon. The Cubs minor league system is highlighted by third basemen Kris Bryant. The #1 power prospect in all of baseball. He is expected to begin the 2015 campaign in Triple-A and will more than likely get the call to the bigs in late April/early May. He’s been dealing with a bit of a shoulder issue during Spring Training. He’s doing everything he can to force the Cubs hand and start him in the bigs. Bryant has played a little outfield during spring training, so don’t be surprised if he plays some when he gets to Chicago. Read the full scouting report on Kris Bryant

The Cubs traded the A’s for Addison Russell back in July of 2014. Russell is one of the top shortstop prospects in all of baseball. (View the Full rankings of Top 100 prospects). He has also been impressing during spring training. Most recently crushing a two-run homer off of King Felix during Cactus League play. He’d been dealing with hamstring issues the entire first half of the 2014 campaign and missed time during the 2013 season for the same issue. Russell played in 50 games after the trade and posted a .294 average with 12HR, 36RBI and 11 doubles. Quite the showing in such a short period of time. Russell carries a quiet confidence about him and is completely comfortable being in the shadows of Kris Bryant.(View Top 100 Prospect List – HERE)

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The Cubs selected Kyle Schwarber with the 4th overall selection in the 2014 draft. Schwarber was a guy that every team had high on their draft board because of his ability to hit. Many scouts argue over him staying at catcher long-term but Schwarber has said openly that he will prove all the doubters wrong. Theo Epstein mentioned during a Cubs season ticket holder event that he begin next season as a full-time catcher at High-A Myrtle Beach. Which means that Epstein is giving him a chance to completely prove himself as a viable catcher. It is of note, he ended up playing more than half of the games last season (2014) in the outfield versus catching. Schwarber delivered impressive numbers and should move quickly through the system. He hit .344 in 2014 with 18HR, 53RBI, 39BB and an OBP of .428 over 72 games.

The Cubs picked Jake Stinnett in the 2nd round of the 2014 draft out of Maryland. Stinnett is a power-pitcher with impressive command and polish. The Cubs will be cautious with his workload as he didn’t fully commit himself to pitching in college until 2013. He bounced around the infield playing third and first until ultimately made pitching his #1 priority.

Carson Sands is a lefty that throws strikes with three offerings. His calling-card is his 92-94 heater that has late life. His curve and changeup have potential but need seasoning. At 6’3″, 195lbs he has the build of a workhorse but needs to add a few pounds. The Cubs also drafted lefty Justin Steele who is also promising. The one pitcher that does not get a ton of of the spotlight is left-hander Dylan Cease. Understandably so as Cease went under the knife for Tommy John surgery in last July and won’t pitch in the Minors in 2015. He was a power pitcher hitting upwards of 95mph prior to his injury. Outfielder Albert Almora was the first selection by Theo and crew back in 2012. Almora is a natural talent and baseball came very easy to him. So when he struggled a little in 2014, it was good for his development. He is penciled in to start at Double-A to begin the 2015 season. These arms are very impressive and even if they didn’t draft these guys their system would still rank in the top five simply because of the offensive talent. Graduating Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara was just the beginning of the influx of young talent headed to Chicago. Between Russell, Bryant and the very young studs the Cubs have at the big league level they are are going to be down right scary to face come August/September. As you can see it’s pretty evident why the Cubs farm system ranking 2015 is #1.