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Baseball America announces their Cubs Top 30 Prospects

We’d already gotten their top 10. Now Baseball America lists their top 30 Cubs prospects.

Miguel Amaya
Miguel Amaya
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It seems to be that time of year when everyone is announcing their top prospects in baseball. Earlier this winter, Baseball America announced their top 10 Cubs prospects for 2021. Yesterday, they filled out the list with their top 30. (Baseball America sub. req.)

The list and the accompanying scouting reports are behind a paywall, but if you just want to know who BA considers to be the Cubs best 30 prospects, I’ll list them here. Baseball America makes their lists from consulting their vast network of contacts from throughout the industry and normally, combine that with what their staff has seen themselves. This year, of course, they’ve had to rely more on what others are telling them than what they’ve seen themselves, although there has been winter ball and some other events open to the public recently.

BA’s Top 30 Cubs prospects are:

  1. Brailyn Marquez LHP
  2. Brennen Davis OF
  3. Miguel Amaya C
  4. Ed Howard SS
  5. Adbert Alzolay RHP
  6. Kohl Franklin RHP
  7. Ryan Jensen RHP
  8. Christopher Morel 3B
  9. Chase Strumpf 2B
  10. Reggie Preciado SS
  11. Riley Thompson RHP
  12. Cory Abbott RHP
  13. Burl Carraway LHP
  14. Cole Roederer OF
  15. Ismael Mena OF
  16. Yeison Santana SS
  17. Luis Verdugo SS/3B
  18. Chris Clarke RHP
  19. Michael McAvene RHP
  20. Kevin Made SS
  21. Owen Caissie OF
  22. Justin Steele LHP
  23. Alfonso Rivas 1B
  24. Jordan Nwogu OF
  25. Yohendrick Pinango OF
  26. Tyson Miller RHP
  27. Keegan Thompson RHP
  28. Ronnier Quintero C
  29. Jack Patterson LHP
  30. Manuel Rodriguez RHP

They didn’t rank new signing Cristian Hernandez (or any players signed in the most recent international free agent signing period) although in a chat earlier this winter, they said that the 17-year-old Hernandez would likely rank in the 6 to 10 range.

Preciado, Mena, Santana and Caissie were all acquired in the Yu Darvish deal and all four make the Cubs top 30 prospects. Howard, Carraway and Nwogu were the Cubs’ first, second and third round picks in 2020 and have yet to make their professional debuts, of course.

Made and Quintero were top international signings in 2019. They also have yet to make their professional debuts. Pinango was a 2018 international signing who hit an impressive .358/.427/.442 with 27 steals in 62 games as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League in 2019. He should play in the US for the first time in 2021.

The Cubs got Rivas from the Athletics for Tony Kemp before last season. He’s played in the A’s system but has yet to make his Cubs debut, except in Spring Training.

The rest of the players on the list should all be familiar to anyone who read the Minor League Wrap regularly in 2019.