Ranking Chicago Cubs' Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

By Jacob Kornhauser

Ranking Chicago Cubs' Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

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The Chicago Cubs may have the most loaded farm system in all of MLB, and that's why there's so much optimism for the future in Chicago. These 10 players, along with some players already at the major league level, could help the Cubs earn something they haven't had in 107 years.

10. RHP Jen-Ho Tseng

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10. RHP Jen-Ho Tseng

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Age: 20
2014 Numbers: 6-1, 2.40 ERA, 85 Ks

Tseng was extremely impressive in 17 starts last season as he pitched in Low-A at just 20 years of age. He was one of the most impressive pitchers in the organization, and that's why he jumps ahead of the older, oft-injured Pierce Johnson in prospect rankings.

9. C Victor Caratini

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9. C Victor Caratini

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Age: 21
2014 Numbers: .277 average, five home runs, 55 RBIs

Caratini was acquired from the Braves at the trade deadline and he adds catching depth to a team that had none before the trade. Even though the team is re-devoting Schwarber to becoming a big league catcher, Caratini could step in eventually if Schwarber moves to the outfield.

8. 1B Dan Vogelbach

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8. 1B Dan Vogelbach

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Age: 21
2014 Numbers: .268 average, 16 home runs, 76 RBIs

Vogelbach is a lefty bopper that has a very good plate approach for his age. He's impressed plenty of members of the Cubs' front office, but since he throws right-handed and plays first base, it's more likely he will be traded to an AL team at some point as part of a big trade.

7. OF Billy McKinney

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7. OF Billy McKinney

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Age: 20
2014 Numbers: .264 average, 11 home runs, 69 RBIs

Included in the trade that also landed the Cubs Addison Russell, McKinney has been impressive in his brief minor league career. At just 20 years of age, he slugged 11 homers and drove in a fair number of runners as well. As a lefty power hitter, he should grow even more into his raw power in the future.

6. RHP C.J. Edwards

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6. RHP C.J. Edwards

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Age: 23
2014 Numbers: 1-2, 2.35 ERA, 54 Ks

Edwards has struggled to stay healthy in his career because of his lanky 6-foot-2 and 155-pound frame, but when he's been healthy, he's been phenomenal. He's been good enough to be called the best pitching prospect in the Cubs' farm system, in fact. A pitcher who will strike plenty of batters out, Edwards could be in Chicago by 2016.

5. C Kyle Schwarber

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5. C Kyle Schwarber

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Age: 21
2014 Numbers: .344 average, 18 home runs, 53 RBIs

You know you're something special when your general manager raves about you more than the top prospect in all of baseball. Schwarber, who was the Cubs' top pick, is talked about just as highly by Theo Epstein as Kris Bryant. As a left-handed power hitting catcher, he's one of the most valuable assets in the organization.

4. OF Albert Almora

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4. OF Albert Almora

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Age: 20
2014 Numbers: .270 average, nine home runs, 60 RBIs

If Almora could stay healthy, he could really make progress toward the major leagues. He struggled with injuries again last season, but got hot once he got healthy. The front office likes his leadership skills and ability to play great defense in center field, both of which the Cubs could use by the time they should be competing in 2016.

3. OF Jorge Soler

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3. OF Jorge Soler

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Age: 22
2014 Numbers: .340 average, 15 home runs, 57 RBIs (minors)
.292 average, five home runs, 20 RBIs (majors)

Soler made his major league debut last season and didn't disappoint. He put his excellent plate discipline on display and also showed off his raw power. He has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order hitter for the Cubs for quite some time.

2. SS Addison Russell

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2. SS Addison Russell

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Age: 20
2014 Numbers: .295 average, 13 home runs, 45 RBIs

Even after tearing his hamstring early in the season, Russell kept making progress toward the major leagues last season. He could be up at some point in 2015, and if he is, he will be able to show fans at Wrigley Field just how talented he is in the field and at the plate.

1. 3B Kris Bryant

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1. 3B Kris Bryant

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Age: 22
2014 Numbers: .325 average, 43 home runs, 110 RBIs

Bryant's minor league numbers speak for themselves. He was the best player in all of minor league baseball, and that's why he's a popular pick for the NL ROY in 2015. If he can keep his steady approach and make adjustments, people could be talking MVP before too long.

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