Rival Rankings: Chicago Cubs

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

Much of the Cubs success in 2016 can be attributed to the growth of several former top prospects who became key contributors at the major league level, but the graduation of those players along with the trading away of others has left Chicago’s farm system a bit thin. There is still talent there however, including the likes of outfielder Eloy Jimenez and second baseman Ian Happ. Jimenez, 20, had a breakout season at Low-A South Bend, and opened eyes with an impressive showing at the Futures Game in San Diego. Happ, 22, was Chicago’s first round pick in 2015, and he also turned in a strong 2016 campaign, splitting time between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee and hitting a combined .279 with 15 home runs.

2016 DRAFT CLASS

Chicago did not have a selection in the first two rounds of the 2016 draft and were without a selection in the top 100 overall choices. With their first pick in round three (#104 overall), the Cubs selected Oklahoma State right-hander Thomas Hatch, a hard-throwing 22-year-old that they hope can move quickly through their system. From there it was pitching, pitching and more pitching for Chicago. In round four, they took Tyson Miller out of California Baptist. In round five they tabbed Duke’s Bailey Clark and in round six they added Cal State Fullerton’s Chad Hockin. In all, 27 of the Cubs 38 draft choices were used on pitchers including 17 of their first 19 selections.

TOP TEN PROSPECTS

1. ELOY JIMENEZ (OF)

2. IAN HAPP (2B)

3. DYLAN CEASE (RHP)

4. ALBERT ALMORA (OF)

5. DUANE UNDERWOOD (RHP)

6. MARK ZAGUNIS (OF)

7. OSCAR DE LA CRUZ (RHP)

8. JEIMER CANDELARIO (3B)

9. D.J. WILSON (OF)

10. EDDY MARTINEZ (OF)

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