Top Baseball Prospects for 2016 and Beyond
Now updated for 2016's Top Prospects
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Top Cubs Prospects for 2016
Current Overall SB ranking shown in grid below.
A wiry, athletic shortstop who makes even difficult plays look effortless, Cubs prospect Gleyber Torres is the latest in an embarrassment of infield riches for Chicago. The club won't be able to play as much talent as it's acquired and developed, which means the team may be looking to move some of its talent to the outfield (or to another franchise, likely for pitching.)
Wherever he fields, Torres has a quick, aggressive approach from the right side of the plate, with an offensive game that looks a lot like ex-Cub Starlin Castro.
Full Scouting Report for Gleyber Torres
SB 32 BA 41 SC 40 BP 41 SN ES 15 ML 28
An aggressive, athletic catcher with a whole lot of as-yet-untapped potential, Cubs prospect Willson 'Double El' Contreras looks like the catcher of the future Wrigley fans have been waiting for. With a cannon arm and a thunderous bat, he projects as the complete package. His fielding and blocking skills are also better than average, which means he should remain at catcher, even if his game-calling experience isn't all there yet. At the plate, he's a line-drive machine with very fast hands and more than a suggestion of real power down the road. On the downside, he can get very pull-happy and shows a tendency to try to swing his way out of slumps, which isn't something that works well at the major league level very often. Still, he's young, and with good coaching should end up an everyday lineup threat on a team that seems overflowing with great young hitters.
Full Scouting Report for Willson Contreras
SB 51 BA 67 SC 49 BP 57 SN ES 27 ML 50
SB 80 BA 87 SC 67 BP 67 SN ES 47 ML 76
So many outfield prospects... so little outfield. The Cubs number one pick in 2012, outfielder Albert Almora would project to be a Northside star soon, if we were confident there would be a place to play him. Signed when he was only 18, he's not quite ready yet, but he's already got scouts drooling: his across-the-board toolset is solid, and he's still improving. His leadership ability and poise are especially impressive, as is the .272/.327/.400 line he put up in his first season at AA Tennessee. His baserunning needs work, as he doesn't seem to have the skills to match his better than average speed potential, but other than that he projects as a high-average contact hitter who could contribute at the major league level soon... very soon. A trade might be necessary to give him an opportunity, however.
Full Scouting Report for Albert Almora
SB 85 BA SC BP 83 SN ES 88 ML 86
A plus hitter despite his non-conventional approach, Cubs prospect Billy McKinney could be a part of a situational platoon in Wrigley at any time now. Of course, with a bit more development in the minors, he could grow into an everyday player, instead. A solid athlete with better than average speed, McKinney has proven adept all over the outfield, with a good glove, solid range and a pretty-good throwing arm.
Full Scouting Report for Billy McKinney
SB 117 BA SC 90 BP 74 SN ES 69 ML 88
SB 152 BA SC BP SN ES ML 77
SB 223 BA SC 71 BP SN ES ML
A shortstop signed as a free agent by the Cubs in 2012, Oscar De La Cruz has risen quickly to become one of the club's top pitching prospects. His 92mph fastball is heavy and repeatable, and while his secondary pitches still need work, he's coming along very quickly. Give him a couple of years.
Full Scouting Report for Oscar De La Cruz
SB 237 BA SC BP SN ES ML
SB 282 BA SC BP SN ES 91 ML
A compact, athletic outfielder with true plus speed and natural grace, Cuban-born Eddy Julio Martinez has drawn comparisons to Andruw Jones thanks to his mix of speed and batting acumen. A spray-hitter who shows flashes of power to all fields, Martinez was signed as an IFA by the Cubs, who see enough spark to make him worth a $3 million gamble. He'll be a slow-grower, but he's definitely an intriguing talent.
Full Scouting Report for Eddy Julio Martinez
SB 329 BA SC BP 97 SN ES ML