Future Alert: Baseball America Gives Huge Praise to C.J. Edwards, Top 10 List Released

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The Cubs farm system is absolutely stacked on the position player side, most notably featuring the “Big Four” of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.  Along with Dan Vogelbach, the quartet of prospects comes with offensive potential other organizations can only dream of.  However, according to Baseball America, the system often claimed to be devoid of pitching has a pitcher better than half of that “Big Four,” as C.J. Edwards, a right-hander acquired in the Matt Garza trade with the Texas Rangers, checked in at #3 on BA’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects List, ahead of both Almora and Soler.

  1. SS Javier Baez
  2. 3B Kris Bryant
  3. RHP C.J. Edwards
  4. OF Albert Almora
  5. OF Jorge Soler
  6. RHP Pierce Johnson
  7. 2B/SS Arismendy Alcantara
  8. 3B Jeimer Candelario
  9. 1B Dan Vogelbach
  10. RHP Arodys Vizcaino

Around the mid-point of the 2013 season, many were getting ready to throw Arismendy Alcantara into the distinctive category, creating a “Big Five,” but in what should be seen a great news from the organizational standpoint, another pitcher, right-hander Pierce Johnson, checked in ahead of Alcantara as well.  With perhaps less potential than, but also likely a safer bet than, C.J. Edwards, Johnson’s recognition as being among the top six in the bat-heavy organization shows that BA thinks he could amount to be a solid core piece of future Cubs rosters.

The end of the list had a few surprises as well, as Jeimer Candelario remained on and Arodys Vizcaino, who hasn’t pitched competitively in two seasons, made it on.  Both obviously have significant potential, but Candelario is coming off a pretty down season at Kane County.  Other names that could have taken position on the back of the list include third baseman Mike Olt or pitchers Paul Blackburn, Kyle Hendricks, Duane Underwood, Trey Masek or Juan Carlos Paniagua to name a few.

Baseball America also released its annual rankings of the best tools in the organization.  Javier Baez edged out Kris Bryant for best power hitter, while Albert Almora took home the honor of best hitter for average.  Jeimer Candelario was recognized as possessing the best strike-zone discipline while 2013 draftee Jacob Hannemann was named both the fastest baserunner and the best athlete.  C.J. Edwards harnessed both the best fastball and curveball in the organization, while Pierce Johnson owns the best slider and Kyle Hendricks includes the best changeup and the best control in his arsenal.  Will Remillard was named the best defensive catcher, while Christian Villanueva was the best defensive infielder and Albert Almora the best defensive outfielder.  Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler possess the best infield and outfield arms, respectively.

A new installment to the prospect listings at Baseball America is the rankings of the “Top 15 Players 25 and Under,” replacing the projected future lineups included in years past.  The rankings include both prospects and players already at the major league level.

  1. SS Javier Baez (AA)
  2. 3B Kris Bryant (A+)
  3. SS Starlin Castro (MLB)
  4. 1B Anthony Rizzo (MLB)
  5. RHP C.J. Edwards (A+)
  6. OF Albert Almora (A)
  7. OF Jorge Soler (A+)
  8. RHP Pierce Johnson (A+)
  9. 2B/SS Arismendy Alcantara (AA)
  10. 3B Jeimer Candelario (A)
  11. 1B Dan Vogelbach (A+)
  12. RHP Arodys Vizcaino (MLB… in 2011)
  13. OF Junior Lake (MLB)
  14. RHP Juston Grimm (MLB)
  15. Kyle Hendricks (MLB)

Whenever an organization has Jorge Soler ranked seventh on that list, it is in a pretty good spot as far as young and upcoming talent is concerned.

About Jackson Scofield

I cover the minor leagues for World Series Dreaming. You probably don't read my articles. Also have been doing Chicago Fire coverage, press pass and all, for ChiCitySports. Studying Journalism with a focus in sports at Columbia College Chicago. Go Hawks (The hockey team, but go Boise too)!

One thought on “Future Alert: Baseball America Gives Huge Praise to C.J. Edwards, Top 10 List Released

  1. If five of the position players become MLB regulars, this is going to be a sick team to watch. Two of them could become all-stars. When have the Cubs ever had a farm team this stacked with legit talent?

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