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Chicago Cubs: Full Overview of Cubs' Farm System and Prospects for 2013
Javier Baez is one of the most exciting hitters in the minor leagues right now. Courtesy of Mark LoMoglio, MiLB.com

In just one year together, the duo of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have transformed the Chicago Cubs.

The team went from a middling franchise, with money tied up in overpaid, old assets at the big league level (and not much in the farm system), to one of the most intriguing minor leagues in all of baseball. 

The team spent big money to add high-profile Cuban slugger Jorge Soler into a mix that also includes highly-touted 2011 first-round pick Javier Baez and last year's top pick Albert Almora. 

In addition to spending in the draft and international market last year, the Cubs made one of the most interesting trades before the deadline: they dealt Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson—two players who had no future with the franchise—and turned them into Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. 

Vizcaino is coming off Tommy John surgery last March and did not pitch at all in 2012, but he was one of the best arms in the Braves' system and ready to make an impact last season before he got hurt. 

Almost all of the elite talent in the system is at the lower levels of the minors, so it is going to take time before it all comes together—not that Cubs' fans aren't used to waiting—but the future is as bright as it has been in a long time in Wrigleyville. 

Here is a complete overview of the Cubs' system heading into 2013. It includes a look at the top prospects, an impact prospect for this season and a breakout candidate to watch. 

Note: All stats and ages courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. 

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