With Chicago Cubs lone All-Star representative Travis Wood unlikely to pitch in the All-Star Game after starting on Sunday night, the highlight of All-Star weekend for the Cubs came on Sunday, when shortstop prospect Arismendy Alcantara homered for Team World in the 2013 Futures Game.
Alcantara is just one of a handful of promising young players currently suiting up in the team's minor league ranks, and that organizational depth will no doubt improve in the weeks ahead, especially if Matt Garza is moved.
For now, here is a look at the team's current top 10 prospects, how they performed over the past week, and whether their performance is trending up or down.
Note: Top prospects according to Baseball America Prospect Handbook.
*No. 3 prospect RF Jorge Soler (fractured left shin) is currently sidelined and will not be included until he's active. He was hitting .281/.343/.467 with 8 HR and 35 RBI at the time of the injury.
*No. 4 prospect SP Arodys Vizcaino (recovering from Tommy John surgery) is currently sidelined and will not be included until he's active.
*No. 5 prospect CF Brett Jackson (strained quad) is currently sidelined and will not be included until he's active. He was hitting .223/.300/.367 with 6 HR and 23 RBI at the time of the injury.
*No. 9 prospect RP Kyuji Fujikawa is not included since he is currently playing at the major league level.