Chicago Cubs Top Minor League Prospects

The Chicago Cubs made it to the playoffs for four consecutive seasons from 2015-2018. Chicago won the World Series in 2016 against the Cleveland Indians in seven games after trailing 3-1. The Cubs ended their 108-year drought.

Chicago has some very good players in the majors like Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Wilson Contreras, and Kris Bryant, but their farm system is totally depleted now. General Manager Theo Epstein will need to restock it like a grocery shelf.

Epstein and Joe Maddon didn’t see eye-to-eye. Maddon decided to part ways in the offseason and he is now the new manager for the Los Angeles Angels. Former Chicago Cubs catcher and World Series Champion David Ross is the new manager for Chicago. With that in mind, who are some of the top prospects in the Cubs farm system?

Nico Hoerner

Nico Hoerner is the top-ranked prospect in Chicago’s farm system. He is a shortstop, second baseman, and outfielder. Hoerner could be like another Ben Zobrist and Ian Happ.

Nico Hoerner could be very flexible and he will be a part of the Chicago Cubs roster in 2020 as long as there is a baseball season due to the coronavirus nonetheless.

He bats from the right side of the plate and was the 24th overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2018 MLB Draft. Hoerner went through the minor leagues quickly.

He will most likely stay at second base in the immediate future. In 20 games with the Chicago Cubs last season, his batting average .282 with three home runs and 17 RBI’s, along with zero stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .305.

Nick Hoerner was a September call up last season on an emergency basis due to the Javier Baez injury nonetheless. Baez is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this baseball team. Hoerner did a tremendous job filling in nonetheless and Addison Russell also suffered an injury.

Also, in 75 games with two different teams in the minors last season, Hoerner’s batting average was .292 with three home runs and 22 RBI’s, along with eight stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .349.

Brailyn Marquez

The second-ranked prospect in Chicago’s farm system is Brailyn Marquez. He is a left-handed pitcher. Marquez is projected to reach the majors in 2021, but it may be delayed until 2022 due to the coronavirus.

Brailyn Marquez is currently in High-A with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He was signed as an international free agent on August 23, 2015, by the Chicago Cubs. Marquez can reach as high as 102 mph with his fastball. He has the potential to be a front line starter in the MLB nonetheless.

In 22 games pitched and started with two different teams in 2019, his record was 9-5 with a 3.13 ERA. In 103.2 innings pitched, he gave up 85 hits and 46 runs. Brailyn Marquez also walked 50 batters and struck out 128 nonetheless.​​​​​​​

Brennen Davis

The third-ranked prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system is outfielder Brennen Davis. He was the 62nd overall pick (second-round selection) in the 2018 MLB Draft. Davis is projected to reach the majors in 2022.

He is currently playing in Single-A with the South Bend Cubs. Brennen Davis bats from the right side of the plate. He could potentially hit 30 home runs in a season and also steal 30 bases nonetheless.

In 50 games played last season with South Bend, his batting average was .305 with eight home runs and 30 RBI’s, along with four stolen bases. His on-base percentage is also .381 nonetheless.

Miguel Amaya

The fourth-ranked prospect in the Cubs farm system is catcher Miguel Amaya. With Wilson Contreras being the everyday catcher, it is going to be interesting to see what the Chicago franchise does with Amaya.

Maybe they will have a two catcher tandem and that may not be a bad thing. He just got recently called up to Double-A with the Tennessee Smokies.

Miguel Amaya played in 99 games last season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. His batting average was .235 with 11 home runs and 57 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. His on-base percentage was also .351.

He is projected to reach the majors sometime next season, but it may be put off until 2022 due to the coronavirus. Miguel Amaya was signed as an international free agent on July 17, 2015, by the Chicago Cubs.

The fifth thru eighth ranked prospects in the Chicago Cubs farm system is outfielder Cole Roederer (#5 ranked prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system, according to MLB.com), right-handed pitcher Adbert Alzolay (#6 ranked prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system, according to MLB.com), right-handed pitcher Kohl Franklin (#7 ranked prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system, according to MLB.com), and right-handed pitcher Ryan Jensen (#8 ranked prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system, according to MLB.com).

Chicago could get back to the playoffs this season if there is one due to the coronavirus nonetheless. They don’t have to worry about the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central. The St. Louis Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Cincinnati Reds could be dangerous in the division as well nonetheless.

Who do you think are some of the top prospects in the Chicago Cubs farm system? Leave a comment below.

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