In the recently released list of top farm systems in baseball by Keith Law (subscription required) the Cubs check in at No. 4. This high ranking is indicative of the hard work President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have put into the extensive rebuild.
While a top farm system certainly doesn't ensure a top major league team, the Cubs are certainly headed in the right direction. That direction won't necessarily be forward until at least 2015, but it doesn't hurt to look at the players likely to contribute to future success in Chicago.
Many top prospects are more popular in Chicago than bench players actually playing for the Cubs, but there are plenty of other players with a chance of playing a key role on a contending team in the future. Here are the top 10 prospects in the Cubs' organization going into spring training.