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 April 9 2015.  Visit the blog, where I will be posting articles and video footage as applicable. Yes, even homers by Kris Bryant.


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Top twenty hitting prospects


1. Kris Bryant, 3B/OF Triple-A Iowa Cubs

2. Addison Russell, SS Triple-A Iowa Cubs

3. Kyle Schwarber, C/OF Double-A Tennessee Smokies

4. Albert Almora, CF Double-A Tennessee Smokies

5. Billy McKinney, OF Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

6. Dan Vogelbach, 1B Double-A Tennessee Smokies 

7. Christian Villanueva, 3B Double-A Tennessee Smokies

8. Victor Caratini, C Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

9. Mark Zagunis, OF/C Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

10. Jacob Hannemann, OF Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

11. Willson Contreras, C Double-A Tennessee Smokies

12. Gleyber Torres, SS A-Level South Bend Cubs

13. Jeimer Candelario, 3B Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

14. Eloy Jimenez, OF Mesa Cubs

15. Bijan Rademacher, OF

16. Rafael Lopez, C

17. Kevonte Mitchell, CF-3B Mesa Cubs

18. Shawon Dunston, OF

19. Wladimir Galindo, IF

20. Ben Carhart,  C//3B



Top Twenty Pitchers


1. CJ Edwards

2. Jen-Ho Tseng Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

3. Pierce Johnson

4. Duane Underwood Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

5. Rob Zastryzny

6. Corey Black

7. Paul Blackburn Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

8. Jake Stinnett

9. Daury Torrez

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

11.  Tyler Skulina

12. Jonathan Martinez. Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Cubs

13. Carson Sands

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

15. Dylan Cease Mesa Cubs

16. Trevor Clifton

17. Justin Steele Mesa Cubs

18. Tommy Thorpe

19. Tayler Scott

20. Austyn Willis Mesa Cubs


Relief Pitchers


1 Armando Rivero

2. Zac Rosscup (20 IP. Ineligible in 10 IP.) Triple-A Iowa Cubs

3. Frank Batista

4. Matt Brazis

5. Hunter Cervenka

6. Juan Paniagua

7. Jordan Minch A Level South Bend Cubs

8. Gerardo Concepcion

9. Erick Leal

10. Trey Masek

11. James Norwood A Level South Bend Cubs