While the Chicago Cubs’ current on-field product may be lacking and lead to a few more seasons in the cellar of the NL Central, there is hope around the corner. Both Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have already made it clear that they plan to build around Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija and have quietly added numerous pieces over the last year through trades and the draft.
Their farm system is stacked with high-ceiling bats at premium positions; however, almost all of them, except for Brett Jackson, are still several years away from contributing at the big-league level. Additionally, because a majority of their top talent is housed in the low minors, the 2013 season will be a telling year for the overall development of their system. And while it may seem as though they lack impact pitching prospects, that could quickly change over the course of the next year.
Here’s a look at the Chicago Cubs’ top 10 prospects headed into the 2013 season.