With a 4-2 record last week, the Chicago Cubs are now three games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for fourth place in the NL Central, and at this point avoiding a last-place finish is really all the team has to play for from a standings perspective.
July is here, and that means the trade deadline is right around the corner. Expect the Cubs to be as aggressive of sellers as any team in the league as they look to continue to stockpile prospects for their ongoing rebuild.
For now, here is a look at how the team's top 10 prospects performed over the past week and what direction their stock is trending.
Note: Top prospects according to Baseball America Prospect Handbook
*No. 4 prospect SP Arodys Vizcaino (Tommy John surgery recovery) is currently sidelined and will not be included until he's active.
*No. 9 prospect RP Kyuji Fujikawa is not included since he is currently playing at the major league level.
*No. 11 prospect SP Juan Carlos Paniagua is currently dealing with visa issues, according to Baseball America, and will not be included until he is stateside and playing.