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Chicago Cubs: Breaking Down Top 10 Prospects

Chicago Cubs: Breaking Down Top 10 Prospects

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As many of the Cubs' top prospects get closer and closer to the big leagues, it doesn't hurt to look at different factors that will impact each player's career in the long run. From biggest strengths to biggest weaknesses, each player will have to capitalize on some aspects of their game and overcome others in order to reach the big leagues in timely fashion.

No. 10: RHP Arodys Vizcaino

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No. 10: RHP Arodys Vizcaino

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Biggest Strength: Fastball velocity

Biggest Weakness: Versatility

ETA: Mid-2014

Vizcaino has electric stuff; he averages 96 mph on his fastball. However, in his short career he hasn't been able to stay healthy. Should he stay healthy, he will be in Chicago very soon to pitch in the Cubs' bullpen.

Arodys Vizcaino Pitches Out of Trouble

Arodys Vizcaino pitches out of trouble for the Braves in 2011.

No. 9: 1B Dan Vogelbach

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No. 9: 1B Dan Vogelbach

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Biggest Strength: Plate Approach

Biggest Weakness: Lack of Versatility

ETA: 2016

For being just 20 years old last season, Vogelbach showed an amazing plate approach. He hit for power to all fields and also showed tremendous plate vision. However, since he can likely only play first base in the field, he may be playing for an American League team when he makes his major league debut.

Vogelbach Scouting Video

Looking at both the good and bad of Cubs' first base prospect Dan Vogelbach.

No. 8: 3B Jeimer Candelario

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No. 8: 3B Jeimer Candelario

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Biggest Strength: Gaps Power

Biggest Weakness: Low Batting Average

ETA: 2016

Often lost in the fold with all the other top prospects for the Cubs, Candelario seems to do most things well. He only batted .256 last season, which needs to improve, but he also hit 11 home runs to go along with 35 RBI.

Jeimer Candelario Shows Off Gaps Power

This is a clip of Candelario whacking a double, showing off his power upside.

No. 7: 2B Arismendy Alcantara

Arismendy Alcantara
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No. 7: 2B Arismendy Alcantara

Arismendy Alcantara
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Biggest Stregth: Speed

Biggest Weakness: Lack of Contact

ETA: 2015

Alcantara had a breakout season in Double-A last season, hitting 15 home runs and 36 doubles while batting .271. However, he struck out 125 times, which isn't acceptable for someone who projects to hit in the top of the lineup. By next season, Alcantara should be in the big leagues if the Cubs can find a spot for him.

Alcantara Faces Chattanooga Lookouts

In Double-A at-bats against Chattanooga Lookouts last season, Alcantara showed off his versatility.

No. 6: RHP Pierce Johnson

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No. 6: RHP Pierce Johnson

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Biggest Strength: Strikeout Pitcher
Biggest Weakness: Frame
ETA: 2015

Johnson, one of the Cubs' top pitching prospects, showed last season that he could be ready for the big leagues soon and he has shown the propensity to miss bats. However, he's 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, so he will have to add to that frame. Depending on what they do, he could be pitching for the Cubs next season.

Pierce Johnson Shows What He's Got

In a game he pitched at Kane County last season, Johnson showed why he's a top prospect in the Cubs' organization.

No. 5: OF Jorge Soler

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No. 5: OF Jorge Soler

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Biggest Strength: Power

Biggest Weakness: Versatility

ETA: Mid-2015

Soler was placed on the fast track for the majors at first, but a series of injuries has set his development back considerably. He's said to have a higher ceiling than Yasiel Puig, but he has to stay healthy to realize that. If he does, he could be in Chicago at some point next season.

Soler Shows Off Power in 2013 Spring Training Game

In a team intra squad game last season, Jorge Soler showed off his power by launching a monster home run.

No. 4: OF Albert Almora

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No. 4: OF Albert Almora

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Biggest Strength: Leadership

Biggest Weakness: Lack of Power

ETA: Mid-2015

Even in his early 20s, Almora has shown management that he has off-the-charts leadership skills. In the future, he could be the unspoken captain. While he should be batting lead-off and power won't matter that much, he could do with a little more pop in his bat.

Albert Almora Launches A Spring Training Double

Not known for his power, Almora shows that he is as close to a five-tool player as the Cubs have in their organization.

No. 3: RHP C.J. Edwards

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No. 3: RHP C.J. Edwards

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Biggest Strength: Strikeout Pitcher

Biggest Weakness: Frame

ETA: 2016

Like Johnson, Edwards has shown the ability to miss bats, but his frame could be a problem. Amazingly, Edwards struck out 155 batters last season in just 116.1 innings pitched. He's also 6-foot-2, 155 pounds, which is downright scrawny. A bigger frame will help Edwards to stay healthy in the long run.

(Long) C.J. Edwards Highlight Video

Breaking down every facet of Edwards' game on film.

No. 2: 3B Kris Bryant

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No. 2: 3B Kris Bryant

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Biggest Strength: Power

Biggest Weakness: Strikes Out Too Much

ETA: 2015

On the fast track to the major leagues, Bryant has done nothing but impress the Cubs so far in his short career. He has shown that he will hit for a high average while also hitting for power, which is a hard combination to find. However, last season and in spring training this season, he has shown that he strikes out a bit too much for a middle of the order hitter.

Kris Bryant Launches Home Run In First Spring Training At-Bat

Bryant, who seems to have a flare for the dramatic, launches a home run in his first ever spring training at-bat.

No. 1: SS Javier Baez

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No. 1: SS Javier Baez

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Biggest Strength: Power

Biggest Weakness: Strikes Out Too Much

ETA: Mid-2014

Baez was the talk of spring training last month because of the insane power he showed off. He hit five home runs, one of which traveled 450 feet. Clearly, he's major league ready and should be in Chicago very soon. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts; he had 147 last season.

Javier Baez Hits Walk-Off Home Run For Tennessee Smokies

Showing his raw power and clutch hitting ability, Baez ends this game with one swing of the bat.