In a one-hour special on the MLB Network tonight, MLB.com revealed their Top 100 prospects for 2015 and the Cubs placed six players on the list, all of which were in the top 60. The six players ranked were:
2. Kris Bryant
5. Addison Russell
22. Jorge Soler
47. C.J. Edwards
49. Kyle Schwarber
57. Albert Almora
Let's not take Bryant's ranking at number two behind the Twins Byron Buxton as any kind of insult. Basing it purely on tools, Buxton beats Bryant in four of the five tools, with Bryant having an edge only hitting for power. I, and many others, would argue that Bryant's health, nearness to the majors and consistency would outweigh the tools edge, but MLB.com's Jim Callis admitted it was pretty close to a coin flip, with the Astros Carlos Correa in the discussion as well.
You can read a summary of the debate between the two here.
Beyond that, the Cubs did very well in these rankings. Baseball is loaded with great shortstop prospects at the moment, as despite ranking fifth overall, Russell only came in as the third-best shortstop behind Correa and the Indians Francisco Lindor.
The mlb.com rankings seem to place a lot of weight on defense, which would help to explain Buxton over Bryant and Lindor over Russell. But that helps the Cubs in the rankings later as Almora is still considered a top 60 prospect despite a shaky season with the bat in 2014.
Like most everyone else, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo don't think that Schwarber will stay behind the plate. Like most everyone else, they don't think it will matter in the end because the bat could be special.
All in all, it's just more confirmation that the Cubs future looks brighter than it has in a very long time.