With a little over a month gone in the season, two big sources of prospect information, Baseball America and MLB Pipeline, have both updated their top 100 prospects lists. For the most part, these changes are just administrative as players who have exhausted their prospect eligibility, such as Andrew Benintendi and Dansby Swanson, are removed from the lists and everyone else gets moved up. One month simply isn’t enough time to really change anyone’s opinion of a single prospect, for the most part. However, a major injury or a truly unexpected performance will cause a little bit of movement up or down the charts.
Outfielder Eloy Jimenez is ranked as the number 11 prospect, up from number 14. That’s despite Jimenez spending all of this season so far down in Extended Spring Training as he recovers from a bone bruise suffered in Spring Training.
Outfielder/second baseman Ian Happ comes in at number 55, which is up from 63 in the pre-season rankings.
Right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease is the 90th-best prospect, up from 97.
Albert Almora Jr. was number 64, and he now has too much major league service time to be ranked, so he falls off the list.
Over at MLB Pipeline, the Cubs have four prospects among their top new top 100.
Jimenez is number ten on their list, up from number 14 before the season started.
Happ is their 23rd-ranked prospect, which is five spots up from his 28th ranking before the season.
Cease is ranked 68th, up from 77.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario is now the 87th-best prospect according to them, up from 96.
Almora was 76th on their pre-season list and has likewise fallen off.