2012 Chicago Cubs Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
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2012 Chicago Cubs Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Chicago Cubs Top Prospects.

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Anthony Rizzo 1B
Born: 8/8/1989
Highest Level Reached: MLB San Diego Padres (Traded From Padres January 2012)
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .331, 34(2B), 1(3B), 26HR, 101RBI
MAJORS: .141 (18 hits in 128 at-bats), 8(2B), 1(3B), 1HR, 9RBI

#2 Javier Baez SS
Born: 12/1/1992
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Boise Hawks
2011 Combined Stats: .278, 2(2B), 1RBI (5-18 in 5 pro games; 2011 1st Round Pick)

#3 Brett Jackson OF
Born: 8/2/1988
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Iowa Cubs
2011 Combined Stats: .274, 23(2B), 5(3B), 20HR, 58RBI, 21SB

#4 Matt Szczur OF
Born: 7/20/1989
Highest Level Reached: High-A Daytona Cubs
2011 Combined Stats: .293, 22(2B), 3(3B), 10HR, 46RBI

#5 Dillon Maples RHP
Born: 5/9/1992
Highest Level Reached: 14th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#6 Jeimer Candelario 3B
Born: 11/24/1993
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Dominican Summer League Cubs
2011 Combined Stats: .337, 16(2B), 2(3B), 5HR, 53RBI

#7 Josh Vitters 3B
Born: 8/27/1989
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Tennessee Smokies
2011 Combined Stats: .283, 28(2B), 2(3B), 14HR, 81RBI

#8 Dan Vogelbach 1B
Born: 12/17/1992
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League AZL Cubs
2011 Combined Stats: .292, 3(2B), 1HR, 6RBI (7-24 in 6 pro games; 2011 2nd Round Pick)

#9 Pin-Chieh Chen 2B
Born: 7/23/1991
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Boise Hawks
2011 Combined Stats: .301, 14(2B), 4(3B), 2HR, 30RBI

#10 Tony Zych RHP
Born: 8/7/1990
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Boise Hawks
2011 Combined Stats: 0-0, 2.25ERA, 4IP, 2BB, 5K (2011 4th Round Pick)

#11 Ben Wells RHP
Born: 9/10/1992
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Boise Hawks
2011 Combined Stats: 4-4, 4.66ERA, 77.1IP, 19BB, 53K, .265BAA

#12 Trey McNutt RHP
Born: 8/2/1989
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Tennessee Smokies
2011 Combined Stats: 5-6, 4.55ERA, 95IP, 39BB, 65K, .319BAA

#13 Ronald Torreyes 2B
Born: 9/2/1992
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Dayton Dragons (Traded From Reds December 2011)
2011 Combined Stats: .356, 9(2B), 5(3B), 3HR, 41RBI, 12SB

#14 Marco Hernandez SS
Born: 9/6/1992
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League AZL Cubs
2011 Combined Stats: .333, 16(2B), 5(3B), 2HR, 42RBI

#15 Chris Carpenter RHP
Born: 12/26/1985
Highest Level Reached: MLB Chicago Cubs
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: 3-4, 5.91ERA, 42.2IP, 27BB, 34K, .269BAA
MAJORS: 0-0, 2.79ERA, 9.2IP, 7BB, 8K, .316BAA

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

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