Now a month into the big league season, the Chicago Cubs are sitting at 9-15 and appear to have their work cut out for them if they hope to avoid a last-place finish in the NL Central.
More than ever, Cubs fans will be keeping a close eye on the farm system, as the rebuilding franchise will count on a solid crop of in-house talent to lead the team's return to contention.
Here is an updated look at how the team's top 10 prospects are performing down on the farm, and what direction they are currently trending.
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.