Updated Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

Updated Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

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After the team's farm system got shaken up through trades, the many talented players the Cubs have shuffled in terms of rankings. Also, depending on how each player is performing this season, their stock may be either up or down. Based on that, here are the Cubs' updated top 10 prospects.

10. RHP Kyle Hendricks

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10. RHP Kyle Hendricks

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One of the rising stars in the Cubs' organization, Hendricks is actually getting a chance to claim a spot in the major league starting rotation currently. As last season's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in the organization, the Cubs clearly see something in Hendricks. Based on his continued production, he's finally cracking the team's top 10.

9. 1B Dan Vogelbach

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9. 1B Dan Vogelbach

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Interestingly, Vogelbach may be the Cubs' best trade chip moving forward. He plays the same position as current All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo and doesn't seem very versatile in the field. That being said, it seems likely he could be packaged with another prospect or two in return for an ace in the future.

8. OF Billy McKinney

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8. OF Billy McKinney

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McKinney was acquired along with Addison Russell and Dan Straily in the Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel trade, and he looks like a possible contributor in the future. He's still extremely young, so he's a couple years away from the major leagues, but his raw power is appealing to the organization.

7. OF Jorge Soler

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7. OF Jorge Soler

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Soler has slowly slipped down the Cubs' list of top prospects because he can't seem to stay on the field. Injuries constantly are taking away from his playing time, and until he can stay healthy, he can't be considered a top prospect. However, if he can stay healthy, he could provide even more power to a future Cubs lineup that seems very promising.

6. RHP C.J. Edwards

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6. RHP C.J. Edwards

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The Cubs' best overall pitching prospect, Edwards is making even more progress this season. He's not likely to see major league playing time until 2016, but as he fills out his lanky 6-foot-2 frame, he should get closer and closer to Chicago. With a nice repertoire of pitches, Edwards projects as a very good No. 2 starter if he can stay healthy en route to the majors.

5. 2B Arismendy Alcantara

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5. 2B Arismendy Alcantara

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For a long time, Alcantara was one of the most underrated prospects in the Cubs' minor league system because he was always injured. He's stayed healthy over the past two seasons, and the results have vastly improved. For now, he's playing for the Cubs and thoroughly impressing. Whether he stays there or not, he seems like a big piece for the organization going forward.

4. OF Albert Almora

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4. OF Albert Almora

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Almora is known for being a natural born leader and a possible future leadoff man. He has decent speed and is a great fielder in center field. He doesn't have much power, but he will record extra base hits and produce or score runs at a high rate. Still a youngster, Almora should be in the big leagues by 2016.

3. SS Javier Baez

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3. SS Javier Baez

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Formerly the team's top prospect, Baez struggled to open 2014. He's recovered and is still showing flashes of his great power upside, which should encourage the Cubs. In all likelihood, he will be somewhere in the team's starting lineup to open 2015, because he's simply too developed a hitter to keep in the minor leagues for another season.

2. SS Addison Russell

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2. SS Addison Russell

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Russell was the centerpiece of the biggest trade in the Epstein-Hoyer era and for good reason. He's one of the top overall prospects in all of baseball and will likely force Baez to either the outfield or third base. Now that he's in the organization, the Cubs may be focused on adding quality pitching this offseason.

1. 3B Kris Bryant

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1. 3B Kris Bryant

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It's hard to argue against Bryant being the team's top overall prospect after he hit 31 home runs and drove in 81 runs split between Double-A and Triple-A in the first half of this season. His crazy production has put people around the league on notice, and it's likely he could be playing in Wrigley Field by next April.

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