Although I feel the specific function of Keith Law’s up to date prospect rankings earlier this week, which solely go as excessive as the top-60 gamers, was to re-establish every participant’s present worth forward of the commerce deadline, they’re nonetheless up to date rankings. And when three Cubs present up in the top-60, a pair as excessive as we have ever seen, effectively, we’re going to talk about it. Especially on condition that this set of rankings does embrace gamers from the 2022 MLB Draft.
In his preseason rankings, Law had only one Chicago Cub in the top-100 – Brennen Davis, and he was ranked at a powerful No. 28 total, as he headed in direction of his first prolonged expertise at Triple-A. Unfortunately, Davis had a tough begin to the 12 months and wanted again surgical procedure, which has had him out for many of the season.
That data pressured lots of prospect gurus to – for my part – overreact and drop Davis WAY down the varied lists. But Law has him dropping simply seven spots to No. 35 total: “When wholesome, he is proven plus uncooked energy and will find yourself a 25-30 homer man who will get on base at an above-average clip and performs sturdy protection in proper discipline. We could not see that model of Davis once more till he will get a full offseason of rehab and relaxation.” I actually respect the tempered response. Davis was a big-time prospect for a purpose and his surgical procedure, whereas not very best, does assist clarify his small-sample offensive struggles to begin the season. Also, the surgical procedure wound up not being as severe as initially feared.
Furthermore, on condition that Davis is coming again earlier than anticipated, there is not any purpose to drop him out of the top-40 proper now.
But Davis is not even the Cubs prime ranked prospect! Surprise! That honor belongs to Pete Crow-Armstrong, who truly took Davis’ spot at No. 28, regardless of being unranked in Law’s pre-season top-100.
And the evaluation is *glowing*:
Crow-Armstrong has one in every of the highest flooring of anybody in the minors, as a result of he is going to be a minimum of a 60 defender in heart, most likely 70, who’ll hit – everybody agrees he is going to hit. More of a contact/velocity hitter in highschool, he is modified his stance and swing since hurting his shoulder final spring, beginning extra upright and fewer open, moving into his legs extra to get to extra energy for 13 homers this 12 months between Low and High A. The Mets’ first-round decide from 2020 performed in simply six video games in 2021, then went to the Cubs in the Javier Báez commerce. This 12 months marked his Cubs debut, and now he is their greatest prospect, a real centerfielder with very sturdy hit/OBP abilities who would possibly find yourself stunning us all with 20-ish homers at his peak.
A 60/70 heart fielder “who’ll hit — everybody agrees he is going to hit.” WOW. That is as assured as I’ve ever seen Law report on any prospect and it is extremely encouraging.
Also, PCA occurred to showcase that energy final evening, only for enjoyable:
Not to be outdone by way of lastly getting some deserved love, outfield prospect Kevin Alcántara additionally makes his first look on Law’s top-prospect rankings, slotting in proper there at quantity 60. And he too will get some severe love as “the highest-ceiling prospect” the Cubs acquired again final deadline who has “as projectable a physique as you’ll ever see and stunning bat management.”
That’s three Cubs prospects in the top-60 for Keith Law, not together with different potential top-100 varieties like Christian Hernández (65 to MLB Pipeline, 75 to BA), Caleb Kilian (79 to BA), and their two first-round caliber abilities from the 2022 MLB Draft, Cade Horton and Jackson Ferris.
I additionally would not be shocked if Owen Caissie or Alexander Canario began getting back-end top-100 consideration quickly, relying on how their seasons shake out. And there are one other half-dozen guys who would most likely fall in that 125-200 vary proper now.