Baez Tops End of Season Prospect List

MILB.com gets the gold star for getting their homework done first and has put out a Top 20 Cubs prospect list based off the end of the 2012 season. It's actually a fairly in-depth look at the system so I encourage folks to check it out. But as for the names, check after the jump...

  1. Javier Baez
  2. Albert Almora
  3. Brett Jackson
  4. Arodys Vizcaino
  5. Jorge Soler
  6. Matt Szczur
  7. Trey McNutt
  8. Junior Lake
  9. Pierce Johnson
  10. Josh Vitters
  11. Dillon Maples
  12. Robert Whitenack
  13. Dan Vogelbach
  14. Ben Wells
  15. Paul Blackburn
  16. Jeimar Candelario
  17. Gioskar Amaya
  18. Tony Zych
  19. Alberto Cabrera
  20. Marcus Hatley

Even with the Rizzo graduation, the Cubs go from what I considered 3 "B" or higher prospects (Rizzo, Jackson and Vitters) to 5 (Baez, Almora, Jackson, Vizcaino, Soler). I'd personally put Soler second in that list and everyone else down a notch, but that's neither here nor there.

They also released a new Top 100 major league ranking and it goes: Baez (#24), Almora (#52), Jackson (#74), Vizcaino (#76) and Soler (#77). The 5 Cubs rank for the fourth most among the 30 organizations: Blue Jays (7), Pirates (6), Padres (6).

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