Grading Chicago Cubs’ Top 5 Hitting Prospects

Grading Chicago Cubs' Top 5 Hitting Prospects

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The Cubs are hoping that most of their prospects will be ready for the majors within the next year or two and are tracking their progress closely. All of their top five hitting prospects have experienced their ups and downs during the course of this young season, but as a whole, here is how each grades so far this season.

SS Javier Baez - C

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SS Javier Baez - C

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.211 Batting Average
7 Home Runs
22 RBI
3 Steals

Baez struggled majorly early on this season, but he has started getting back on track lately. Still, he's barely batting above .200 and needs to get that average up while maintaining his power if he hopes to get the call-up this season.

3B Kris Bryant - A+

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3B Kris Bryant - A+

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.331 Batting Average
13 Home Runs
42 RBI
1.049 OPS

Bryant is doing absolutely nothing to make management want to slow down his quick ascent through the minor leagues. He's been one of the most impressive hitters in all of the minor leagues, and if he keeps it up, he could see major league time this September.

OF Jorge Soler - B

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OF Jorge Soler - B

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.333 Batting Average
0 Home Runs
7 RBI

Soler's numbers look good, but he's only played in seven games so far this season. He can't seem to stay healthy and he keeps pushing back his timetable for reaching the big leagues. As long as he can stay healthy, next season is a reasonable date to expect Soler to make his big league debut.

OF Albert Almora - B

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OF Albert Almora - B

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.266 Batting Average
2 Home Runs
21 RBI
3 Steals

Almora hasn't been that flashy this season, but he's putting together a decent year. For a top of the order hitter, he's proving he can drive in runs with the best of them. Still, Almora needs to put together all of his tools in order to prove he's ready for a big league call-up.

2B Arismendy Alcantara - B

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2B Arismendy Alcantara - B+

Arisendy Alcantara
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.263 Batting Average
5 Home Runs
23 RBI
9 Steals

Alcantara is one of the Cubs' most forgotten hitting prospects, but he's shown flashes of all five tools over the last season or two. His average right now isn't the best, but he's showing he can hit for power and drive in runs while still being a guy who can steal 30-40 bases a season.

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