The AZL Cubs did not place a single prospect on Baseball America’s Top 20 League Prospect Rankings. The Boise Hawks of the short-season A Northwest League fared much better, placing six prospects on the rankings released today.
Included in those six is the number one overall prospect in the league, third baseman Kris Bryant. The power-hitting third baseman typically ranks anywhere between second and fourth on the Cubs organizational rankings, and left Boise for Daytona during the season, skipping Kane County entirely.
The next name on the list is not nearly as big, but will still make a fair amount of Cubs Top 10’s. Right-hander Paul Blackburn checks in at number seven, while outfielder Yasiel Balaguert takes the ninth position and fellow right-hander Dillon Maples rounds out the Top 10.
In related news, Jim Callis – formerly of Baseball America and now of MLB.com – ranked the Astros as the current last-place team with the brightest future (e.g. the best farm system), but ranked the Cubs as the team set for the quickest turnaround, citing the offensive quartet sitting atop the team’s prospect ranks and the market’s ability to attract free agent.