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The Baseball America top 100 prospects are out today and Javier Baez is the highest ranked Cub, at 18. Albert Almora is 33rd and Jorge Soler 34th. Arodys Vizcaino is the final Cub in the top 100 at 83.
This is an improvement over last year's top 100. Last year, Brett Jackson was the highest ranked at 32nd. Anthony Rizzo was ranked 47th and then two other Cubs, Javier Baez (61) and Matt Szczur (64), were ranked in the top 100.
Though it is an improvement, the Cubs still have just 4 in the top 100, but they do now have 3 in the top 50 as opposed to 2. A negative person might tell you that last year they had 4 in the top 70 and they only have 3 in the top 80 this year, but negaitive I am not.
A negative person might say that the Cardinals have 2 prospects ranked 6th or higher in Oscar Taveras (3rd) and Shelby Miller (6th). The Cardinals also have Carlos Martinez ranked 38th and Trevor Rosenthal ranked 39th. He might go on to tell you that the Cardinals' Michael Wacha is also ranked 76th.
But I won't tell you that. I won't tell you that the Cubs biggest rival has the best farm system in all of baseball. And a better MLB team than the Cubs. Nope. Not saying it.
He'd also tell you that the Reds have 4 players in the top 100. He'd probably tell you that the Pirates have 2 ranked in the top 20 and 5 in the top 100 (78 or higher).
I'm not going to tell you any of that because it show the Cubs minor league system may not even be average in their own division. I keep things positive so that information will not be posted here.