The Chicago Cubs have gone 13-12 since opening the season 5-13, and while contention is unlikely this season, it is at least nice to see a competitive club on the field.
Even with the big league team playing better, the focus remains on the its future, as they eye a return to the postseason within the next couple years.
When the return to legitimate contention hinges heavily on how their top prospects progress, and there is as much attention on the Cubs' minor league system as any in baseball.
So here is an updated look at how the team's top prospects performed in the past week, and whether their stock is trending up or down.
Top prospects according to Baseball America Prospect Handbook.
*No. 2 prospect Albert Almora (broken hamate bone) and No. 4 prospect Arodys Vizcaino (Tommy John surgery recovery) are both out of action right now, and won't be included until they're playing.
*No. 9 prospect RP Kyuji Fujikawa was not included since he is currently playing at the major league level.
*No. 11 prospect Juan Carlos Paniagua will start his season in Short-Season Class-A Boise on June 14, and won't be included until then.