2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

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Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:33 pm

BA updated their top 30s: https://www.baseballamerica.com/teams/1 ... 021&type=P

1. Brailyn Márquez
2. Brennen Davis
3. Cristian Hernández
4. Miguel Amaya
5. Ed Howard
6. Adbert Alzolay
7. Kohl Franklin
8. Ryan Jensen
9. Christopher Morel
10. Chase Strumpf
11. Reggie Preciado
12. Riley Thompson
13. Corey Abbott
14. Burl Carraway
15. Cole Roederer
16. Ismael Mena
17. Yeison Santana
18. Luis Verdugo
19. Chris Clarke
20. Michael McAvene
21. Kevin Made
22. Justin Steele
23. Alfonso Rivas
24. Jordan Nwogu
25. Owen Caissie
26. Yohendrick Piñango
27. Tyson Miller
28. Keegan Thompson
29. Moises Ballesteros
30. Jack Patterson
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Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

Postby CubsWin » Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:09 pm

Granted he came in at 29, but it was interesting to see Ballesteros rank ahead of Quintero and Hearn. On the one hand, that's not a great sign for the other two prospects, both of whom have already spent a year or two in the organization (though in Quintero's case he's really just had one instructs that scouts could hear about). Ballesteros hasn't even worked with the Cubs yet.

Now this is a BA ranking, so it probably relied heavily on Badler's IFA reports. But, they would've also mostly relied on Badler's notes on Quintero as well, given how little info there is on him since his signing. So, it's noteworthy that the folks at BA ranked Ballesteros ahead of Quintero.

That said, this Cubs system is deep, especially with teenage talent, so when you're getting past the top 20 or so, it's pretty meaningless who gets mentioned the rest of the way as it changes pretty wildly depending on who is doing the talking.

In any case, the Cubs have a strong list of young catching prospects that we will hopefully learn a lot more about this season. After Amaya, Quintero, Hearn and Ballesteros (in whatever order you prefer) lead the way. All 3 are described as bat first catchers who have some above average defensive attributes but need a lot of development behind the plate. And then there's Brayan Altuve who signed for $1 million the same year Quintero signed (2019). Keep an eye out for Pablo Aliendo as well. From what I've been able to glean, he's more defensively gifted with a chance to develop a good bat.

That's 5 guys after Amaya, the oldest of which is Hearn (20) and the youngest of which is Ballesteros (17).
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Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:54 pm

JeffH wrote:You're missing a #28.


Give it to Rivas, maybe swap he and Ademan on there too

Making the second half of that list was not fun

The Gallardo comment is a little much too, the A’s had a pretty good lefty in the AZL. I’d say he had the best all around 2019 of pitchers his age. It’ll be interesting to see if he’s a big velocity guy moving forward, but seems like he has the potential for all the SP skills either way

Edit: Oooooh could have fit Steele on there...He’s another one with a shot to make an impact in 2021

Another edit: I could have snuck Matt Mervis on there too, knock Hearn off. Mervis mostly played as a LHH 3B in the CCBL and mashed, pretty impressive for a 1B
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Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

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Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

Postby JeffH » Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:45 pm

Just for the sake of documentation, Valdez bumped Brendon Little from the list.
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Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:39 am

Adbert Alzolay graduated from prospect eligibility.
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Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

Postby Bertz » Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:34 pm

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Philip: Target date for the Padres list?
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Eric A Longenhagen: Nationals early next week, then I start with the Northwest Valley Teams (SD, KC, TEX, SEA), which are the clubs I’ve been sitting on during the co-op and early minor league ST here in AZ. I’d guess the Mariners or Padres are first out of the gate since I expect there will be less movement there


From Longenhagen's chat this morning. That means the Cubs are going to be one of the last 3-4 he does. Normally that'd be annoying, but given the circumstances it'll mean he'll have had a chance to see nearly a month of minor league spring training since he's personally down in AZ right now. Fresh looks at all of our guys that literally no other writer will have.
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