ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law, who ranks young prospects, has revised his rankings recently. Law now ranks catcher Kyle Schwarber as the 15th best prospect in baseball. (ESPN Insider Only). This is up from his off-season ranking of Schwarber as the 90th best prospect. (Also ESPN Insider only). He loves Schwarber’s bat but thinks that he needs to grow behind the plate to make any contribution any time soon. There are rumors that the Cubs’ number one pick (4th overall) could be brought up to the majors as soon as this season.
2 months into one of the Chicago Cubs’ most hyped season yet, its time to look and see how these highly anticipated young stars are performing in the big leagues. Before the season, all eyes were on the likes of uberprospect Kris Bryant, newly acquired Addison Russell, and skilled sophomore Jorge Soler. So how are these young studs actually performing?
Jorge Soler, #68 OF
Soler has struggled lately, but has enjoyed a succesful second season in the majors. He is batting .279 with three round-trippers (newest euphemism for home run, I kinda like it). His OBP (on base percentage) has risen to .340. His 48 hits have gone for 16 RBIs. Overall, good start for Soler.
Addison Russell, #22 2B
Known as the cubs “second” best prospect, many have said that behind the Bryant hype Russell has the brighter future. For the most part, though, Russell has been just alright. With a .234 batting average and a .286 OBP, the talented second baseman has had his struggles at the plate this season, on 26 hits he has 12 RBIs and 3 dingers (another one). Joe Maddon and his group need better production out of Russell if they want a shot at competing with the division-leading Cardinals.
Kris Bryant, #17 3B
With so much anticipation, there were questions as to whether the highly touted slugger would live up to the hype. Boy, has he delivered. Bryant leads the team with 30 RBIs, and until Sunday was on a 12 game hit streak. He has been thriving at the dish, hitting .282 (Anthony Rizzo leads the team batting .314) and has a .400 OBP. He has launched 6 moonshots (my favorite). Get this kids rookie card while they are cheap.