The Cubs farm system has improved as much as any in Major League Baseball over the past two years, and only got better at the deadline with the trades of Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano.
The 2015 season still looks like the most likely scenario for the team's return to competition in the NL Central, however, but there is plenty of reason for optimism on the North Side right now.
While they're not in Chicago yet, here is a look at how the team's top-10 active prospects performed over the past week and whether their stock is trending up or down.
*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 eight homers and 35 RBI at the time of the injury.
*No. 6 prospect SP Arodys Vizcaino (recovering from Tommy John surgery) is currently sidelined and will not be included until he's active.
*No. 9 prospect OF Junior Lake was recently called up to the majors, so he will no longer be included here. He was hitting .295/.341/.462 with four home runs and 18 RBI at the time of the call-up.
*No. 13 prospect CF Brett Jackson was demoted to Double-A upon returning from a strained quad, and is hitting .218/.295/.341 line and 90 strikeouts in 252 at-bats. He won't be included until he at least returns to Triple-A, as it's safe to assume his stock is down while he's demoted.