With the Cubs off to a 5-12 start, it appears as though the Northsiders are in for another trying season. However, there is plenty of reason for optimism in the minor league system.
In the past year alone, the farm system has emerged as one of the best in the National League, and the team has a number of players who profile as future impact big leaguers.
Here is an updated look at how the team's top prospects are performing. Be sure to check back here each Monday for an updated stock report on the Cubs' top prospects.
Top prospects according to Baseball America.
*No. 2 prospect Albert Almora and No. 11 prospect Juan Carlos Paniagua will start their season in Short-Season Class-A Boise on June 17, so until then they won't be included.
*No. 4 prospect Arodys Vizcaino is recovering from Tommy John surgery, and will not be included until he returns.
*No. 9 prospect RP Kyuji Fujikawa was not included since he is currently playing at the major league level.