We’ve been looking at the other farm systems in the NL Central to try and secure, at the very least, some mental victories heading into this 2012 season. The Chicago Cubs haven’t made a lot of sense over the past…few years. When the team lost Chris Archer and Hak-Ju Lee it certainly hurt the depth of their system. (The crazy thing about Archer—where does he rank in the Rays system? It’s just unreal what Tampa has going on in the draft.)
Does it make the Matt Garza deal a bad one now that he is on the block? Um. We think so. Wait…is he on the block? Anyway, the Cubs do have some lower-level depth that we like from reading numerous scouting reports. It’s very possible, the Cubs could rebound as Theo Epstein works his magic piling up young talent.
But right now, it’s not happening. We scoured the Cubs system, but there just doesn’t seem to be any potential superstars.
Seedlings to Stars has one Cubs prospect in the Top 100.
It’s Brett Jackson at #69. The strikeout heavy centerfielder has some people in Chicago pretty pumped up. We think he looks like an average outfielder, but obviously we are mentally damaged after watching 19 years of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. It’s just such a damn shame, that’s all the Cubs have on the Top 100.
Have fun working 15 hours a day Theo. I don’t give a shit how smart you are, that will wear you out.
The Pirates have tremendous star potential in Jameson Taillon, Gerritt Cole, and Josh Bell. The Pirates system has two players ranked in the top 15 in the eyes of most experts. Bell could make a similar jump up the rankings after he puts up a solid campaign.
Of course prospects could wear Pirates fans out too. After all, haven’t they been doing that for 19 years? Sorry Theo we take it back.
Here is the complete S2S list and the more we scour it, the more we love the work the boys have knocked out:
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