The Cubs minor league season is coming off a pair of championships (Eugene, Myrtle Beach) and now that the season is over, the awards are starting to come in for the Cubs top prospects. So here's s quick roundup of the awards that have come in for the Cubs top prospects.
MLBpipeline.com has updated their list of top 100 prospects in baseball and despite several prospects graduating to the major league club over the past two season, four Cubs prospects still made the list, including two for the first time. Second baseman Ian Happ return to the list at #21 and outfielder Eloy Jimenez is right behind him at #23. Showing up for the first time at #97 is right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease and entering the list at #99 is third baseman Jeimer Candelario, coming off a successful season in Iowa and a brief major league callup.
Rawlings announced their Minor League Gold Glove Awards and the Gold Glove for left field went to the Pelicans' Charcer Burks. Only one left fielder in all of minor league baseball wins this award, so it's pretty impressive that Burks was chosen for this honor.
Baseball America has started their lists of the Top 20 Prospects for each minor league. Four leagues with Cubs affiliates have been announced and unsurprisingly, the champion Eugene Emeralds dominate the Northwest League list. Four Cubs made the Northwest League list of top prospects:
3. RHP Dylan Cease
10. 3B Wladimir Galindo
13. OF D.J. Wilson
16. OF/1B Chris Pieters
Over in the Midwest League, the South Bend Cubs had only one player on the list, and that was Jimenez who was listed at #2 behind only Dayton's Nick Senzel, who was the second-pick in the draft this past June. Even then, Baseball America said it was pretty much a tossup between Jimenez and Senzel, with Jimenez having more upside but Senzel being a surer bet.
Two Pelicans made the Carolina League's Top 20 Prospects list. Second baseman Ian Happ was listed at number 10. He was praised for his work ethic, strike zone judgement and power potential. Carolina League Pitcher of the Year Trevor Clifton was named the number 12 prospect.
OK, I lied. Actually three Pelicans were named to the Top 20 list. Shortstop Gleyber Torres was number 4. Good luck with the Yankees, Gleyber. I saw that picture of you hanging out with Alex Rodriguez on Twitter.
No Arizona Cubs player made the Arizona League Top 20 list, although it was noted that shortstop Isaac Paredes and pitcher Erling Moreno just missed the cut.
Baseball America will be doing top 20 lists for the Southern League and Pacific Coast League in the upcoming days. I'll have another update on those when those lists are announced.
Finally, the Emeralds won a few off-the-field awards. General Manager Allan Benavides was named Northwest League Executive of the year. The Emeralds also won a pair of "Golden Bobbleheads" at the Minor League Promotional Seminar for their work with the Children's Miracle Network and 7-year old Hayden Kumle, who was named an honorary Ems player. The Ems won "Best Community Promotion" and "Best Overall Promotion" for their work with Kumle.
As always, congratulations to all the players honored, and I hope we see you all at Wrigley Field some time in the near future.