Welcome to The Zygote 50. This is where I track the progress of the Chicago Cubs top prospects, and rank them while I'm at it.

To be eligible, a hitter must be under 50 at bats, and a pitcher under 30 innings. The aim is to rank them based on their likelihood to have careers of 3000 at bats (hitters) or 1000 innings (pitchers). As relievers are a bit of a different subset, their benchmark is 300 innings.

This site was last updated on October 2, 2014. I shoehorned any big league players with eligibility remaining. (Jonathan Martinez was added after I realized he wasn't included. His addition wasn't going to delete anyone. He was added as 10a.) Visit the blog, where I will be posting articles and video footage as applicable. Yes, even homers by Kris Bryant.

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Click here to edit The Cubs top 20 hitting prospects, and where they are currently playing

1. Kris Bryant, 3B/OF

2. Addison Russell, SS

3. Kyle Schwarber, C/OF

4. Albert Almora, CF

5. Billy McKinney, OF

6. Dan Vogelbach, 1B

7. Christian Villanueva, 3B

8. Victor Caratini, C

9. Mark Zagunis, OF/C

10. Jacob Hannemann, OF

11. Willson Contreras, C

12. Gleyber Torres, SS

13. Jeimer Candelario, 3B

14. Eloy Jimenez, OF

15. Bijan Rademacher, OF

16. Marco Hernandez, SS

17. Rafael Lopez, C

18. Kevonte Mitchell, CF-3B

19. Shawon Dunston, OF

20. Wladimir Galindo, IF

Top Twenty Pitchers

1. CJ Edwards

2. Jen-Ho Tseng

3. Pierce Johnson

4. Duane Underwood

5. Rob Zastryzny

6. Corey Black

7. Paul Blackburn

8. Jake Stinnett

9. Daury Torrez

9a. Eric Jokisch (14 1/3 IP. Ineligible in 15 2/3 IP.)

10.  Tyler Skulina

10a. Jonathan Martinez

11. Carson Sands

11a. Dallas Beeler (11 IP. Ineligible in 19 IP.)

12. Juan Paniagua

13. Dallas Beeler

14. Dylan Cease

15. Trevor Clifton

16. Justin Steele

17. Tommy Thorpe

18. Tayler Scott

19. Ivan Pineyro

20. Austyn Willis

Relief Pitchers

1. Arodys Vizcaino (22 1/3 IP. Ineligible in 7 2/3 IP)

1a. Armando Rivero

1b. Zac Rosscup (20 IP. Ineligible in 10 IP.)

1c. Kyuji Fujikawa (25 IP. Ineligible in 5 IP.)

2. Andrew McKirahan

3. Frank Batista

4. Hunter Cervenka

5. Gerardo Concepcion

6. Jordan Minch

7. Zack Godley 

8. Erick Leal

9. Trey Masek

10. James Norwood