Cubs have seven prospects in Baseball America’s Top 100
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter February 20, 2014 10:41PM
Updated: February 21, 2014 2:32AM
MESA, Ariz. — It might be of no consequence to the 2014 season, but Baseball America’s new list of top-100 prospects validates the Cubs’ efforts to build a strong farm system.
The Cubs landed seven on the list, including more players (five) in the top 50 than any other team: shortstop Javy Baez (fifth); third baseman Kris Bryant (eighth); pitcher C.J. Edwards (28th); outfielder Albert Almora (36th); and outfielder Jorge Soler (41st). Pitcher Pierce Johnson (87th) and second baseman Arismendy Alcantara (100th) also made the list.
“I don’t even care about that,” said Baez, a fixture on such lists who had one of the most productive 2013 seasons in all of minor-league baseball. “You’ve still got to do your job.”
Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft, called it a distraction to pay attention to those things.
“It’s all someone else’s opinion, and if you listen to other people’s opinions, good or bad, it messes with your head,” he said. “We’re prospects. We haven’t done anything special yet. We’re here getting better and learning from these guys so that some day, we’ll be able to be up there with them and make a big impact.”
New manager Rick Renteria seemed to appreciate the recognition of the talent he will be able to work with in the next few years.
“The public perception and the reality of what we’re seeing out there, it’s legitimate,” he said. “It’s something that the organization should be proud of.”
Not that it means anything, Baez said, adding that if you’re on a prospects list, it usually means you’re not in the majors.
“That’s our goal, and we’re just trying to get there,” he said.