After watching the Chicago Cubs in 2012, it's evident that they were playing for the future. They gave ample playing time to prospects Brett Jackson, Dave Sappelt and Josh Vitters—as well as young relief and starting pitchers—and were met with mixed results.
But most of the Cubs’ best young talent spent 2012 at the lower levels of minor league baseball; many not making it above High-A ball. And they are young…really young. Five of the top 10 are under 20 years old.
While the present for the Cubs may be dark or hazy, the future looks bright.
A handful of Cubs prospects are in most—if not all—major lists of top 100 prospects, including three being in Baseball America’s 2012 Midseason Top 50 prospects list.
Yet slotting the players is difficult. Should the rankings be based on how they have performed thus far or how they are projected to perform? Practice or theory?
Some will be ranked by how they have been projected to perform, and some have the numbers that do not necessitate performance projection.