Jim Callis

Breaking down the Cubs' 2015 Top 30 Prospects

Vast hitting talent gives Chicago the best system in Majors

Breaking down the Cubs' 2015 Top 30 Prospects

The Cubs top's first ranking of baseball's best farm systems, thanks to the finest collection of young hitting talent to come along in years. Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara graduated to Wrigley Field in 2014, and they're just the beginning.

MLB's Top 10 farm systems
Rank Team
1. Cubs
2. Red Sox
3. Twins
4. Pirates
5. Mets
6. Dodgers
7. Rangers
8. Astros
9. Braves
10. Blue Jays

Third baseman Kris Bryant is the most devastating power-hitting prospect in the game, and outfielder Jorge Soler (who homered off Mat Latos in his first big league at-bat) isn't far behind. Neither is catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber. Addison Russell is a rare five-tool shortstop, and Gleyber Torres might be another. Outfielders Albert Almora and Billy McKinney could be the tablesetters for all those run producers.

All that offensive talent obscures some intriguing pitching talent. C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson could impact Chicago's rotation in 2016, and Duane Underwood has more upside and a bit later ETA. The Cubs have invested heavily in mound help in the past two years, signing Jen-Ho Tseng out of Taiwan and drafting Jake Stinnett, Carson Sands, Justin Steele and Dylan Cease.

Cubs' 2015 Top 30 Prospects list

Biggest jump: Gleyber Torres, SS (2014: 20 | 2015: 7)
Duane Underwood, RHP (2014: Unranked | 2015: 8)
Biggest fall: Christian Villanueva, 3B (2014: 11 | 2015: 24)

Best tools
Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average.

Hit: Kyle Schwarber (60)
Power: Kris Bryant (80)
Run: Jacob Hannemann (65)
Arm: Jorge Soler (65)
Defense: Albert Almora (65)
Fastball: Duane Underwood (65)
Curveball: C.J. Edwards (60)
Slider: Jake Stinnett (60)
Changeup: Jen-Ho Tseng (55)
Control: Eric Jokisch (55)

How they were built
Draft: 18
International: 6
Trade: 6

Breakdown by ETA
2015: 5
2016: 7
2017: 11
2018: 7

Breakdown by position
C: 3
1B: 1
2B: 0
3B: 3
SS: 2
OF: 7
RHP: 10
LHP: 4

Jim Callis is a reporter for and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.