Young Minor Leaguers in the Cubs system

This is something interesting to document that doesn't deserve a real post.

I was curious to see what Cubs are "young" for their level. So, what I've done is gone through each minor league system the Cubs contribute to and looked to see if any Cubs are in the Top 10. Here are the results. Note: only prospects who had appreciable time at each level were counted, at my discretion. Also, they had to be in the top 100 in batting average for the league (which is why Brett Jackson is not on this list). It's dumb, but it made this a lot quicker. I'm also not torn up about it too much, because it helps separate the chaff "prospects". 

Dominican Summer League

Hitting

None

Pitching

Carlos Rodriguez, Age-16 (71.2 IP, 2.01 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 2.5 BB/9)

Arizona 

Hitting

None

Pitching

Paul Blackburn, Age-18 (20.2 IP, 3.48 ERA, 5.7 SO/9, 3.0 BB/9)

Boise

Hitting

Jeimer Candelario, Age-18 (.281/.345/.396)

Darien Martin, Age-18 (.270/.318/.377)

LEAGUE LINE: .249/.331/.359

Pitching

None

Peoria

Hitting

Javier Baez, Age-19 (.333/.383/.596)

Pin-Chieh Chen, Age-20 (.259/.345/.347)

LEAGUE LINE: .254/.326/.379

Pitching

None

Florida

Hitting

Ronald Torreyes, Age-19 [Youngest player in the league] (.264/.326/.385)

Arismendy Alcantara, Age-20 (.302/.339/.447)

LEAGUE LINE: .255/.326/.373

Pitching

None

Tennessee

Hitting

Jae-Hoon Ha, Age-20 (.273/.352/.385)

Pitching

None

Iowa

Hitting

Josh Vitters, Age-22 (.304/.356/.513)

Anthony Rizzo, Age-22 (.342/.405/.696)

LEAGUE LINE: .278/.345/.430

Pitching

None

Pretty hilarious and sad that we don't have a single level-young prospect at A and above. This also gives me more confidence in Vitters. He truly is still very much a prospect, and he gets a bad rap for taking a little longer to climb to the majors even though he's still been level-young and competent everywhere he's been. Obviously, he needs to stick at third for that to happen. He should get a bunch of chances, in my opinion, because he's not blocking anyone unless you think Junior Lake is the answer.

 

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