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Chicago Cubs Top 20 Prospects

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CHICAGO CUBS Top 20 Prospects

  1. Mark Pawelek, LHP, Grade B+
  2. Felix Pie, OF, Grade B+
  3. Ronny Cedeno, SS, B
  4. Eric Patterson, 2B, B
  5. Jae-Kuk Ryu, RHP, B
  6. Donald Veal, LHP, B
  7. Sean Gallagher, RHP, B
  8. Angel Guzman, RHP, B-
  9. Rich Hill, LHP, B-
  10. Carlos Marmol, RHP, B-
  11. Sean Marshall, LHP, B-
  12. Scott Moore, 3B, B-
  13. Ryan Harvey, OF, C+
  14. Mark Holliman, RHP, C+
  15. Mike Phelps, RHP, C+
  16. Brian Dopirak, 1B, C
  17. Brandon Sing, 1B, C
  18. Rick Rohlicek, LHP, C
  19. Randy Wells, RHP, C
  20. Grant Johnson, RHP, C
Angel Guzman is a wild card. If healthy, he's at least a Grade B prospect and probably a B+, but given his inability to stay away from the doctors, I wanted to be cautious in rating him. If he stays healthy this spring, raise his grade accordingly and move him up the list.

As high school pitchers go, I like Pawelek a lot. Pie's athleticism is impressive and he performs well, at times. . .he is still rather raw and will struggle if rushed. Picking between Pawelek and Pie for the number one spot is a back-and-forth thing. When I went to bed last night I was going to put Pie on top, but I changed my mind this morning.

I have considerable doubts about Ryan Harvey's bat, and tend to rank him lower than other experts.