It was a good week for the Cubs minor league system, as top prospects Dan Vogelbach and Kris Bryant were both promoted, and a number of other top guys enjoyed terrific weeks as well.
That should provide even more reason for optimism moving forward on the North Side. Even while the big league club suffered through a 1-5 week, the future looks incredibly bright for the Cubs.
The Cubs may not be legitimate contenders until 2015, but once their top prospects arrive, they should have the young core to sustain their success for some time. For now, here's an updated look at how the team's top prospects performed this 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 with 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 after being demoted.