Cubs Midseason Top Prospects: Consensus Rankings

MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Chicago CubsAll of the major scouting outlets have published their midseason top prospects updates by now, which is good since the season is well over halfway through. I rounded up a bunch of them (from Baseball America, Bullpen Banter, Baseball Prospectus's Jason Parks, ESPN's Keith Law, and minorleagueball's John Sickels) and pulled the rankings for Cub prospects, including newly acquired 'spects Mike Olt and C.J. Edwards

Cubs Midseason Top Prospects

  BA (50) BB (75) BP (50) KL (50) Sickels (75) Consensus
Javier Baez 10 19 17 27 14 17
Albert Almora 16 16 15 25 18 18
Jorge Soler 18 18 31 20 23 22
Kris Bryant NA 26 ~25 15 ~20  
Arismendy Alcantara NR NR ~100 ~57 57  
Mike Olt 44 NA NR NR ~80  
C.J. Edwards NR 70 NR NR 73  
Pierce Johnson NR NR NR NR ~85  

It's not entirely fair to use a straight average of the ranks as a consensus, since different lists have varying criteria for inclusion (how to deal with guys who have played in the majors, draftees, etc…). Nonetheless, I think this a fairly accurate, if rough idea of how the players are perceived by the scouting industry at-large. On lists where a particular prospect was not included, I looked in chats and comment sections on each site to see if the rankers gave a specific indication as to where a particular prospect would have landed. I pulled these quickly, so please let me know if you spot any errors or there is a particular list you would like to see added.

In the aggregate, four Cub prospects are in the neighborhood of the top 20: Baez, Almora, Soler, and Bryant, but none are generally considered top 10. Two to four others: Alcantara, Edwards, Johnson, and Olt are decent bets to be in the back half of top 100 rankings in the coming offseason. Of the "Big 8," six have joined the system since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have taken over.

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