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Baseball Prospectus' Top 10 Cubs prospects

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Baseball Prospectus' Top 10 Cubs prospects

On the heels of a 100-loss season, the Cubs' front office is in California trying to better the team at the GM Meetings.

Some of their work has already been done, however. It'll just take a few years to see if it has paid off.

Baseball Prospectus ranked the Cubs' Top 10 prospects and six players on the list are new additions under Theo Epstein's rebuilt front office:

1. Albert Almora, OF
2. Javier Baez, SS
3. Jorge Soler, OF
4. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B
6. Brett Jackson, OF
7. Pierce Johnson, RHP
8. Duane Underwood, RHP
9. Christian Villanueva, 3B
10. Dillon Maples, RHP

Three of those guys (Almora, Johnson, Underwood) are from the 2012 MLB Draft, and two players (Vizcaino, Villanueva) were acquired at the trade deadline. Soler, who defected from Cuba, was signed in late June. Three others (Baez, Vogelbach, Maples) were drafted in 2011, leaving Jackson as the only player who was with the organization to start 2011.

This list is significantly different than Kevin Goldstein's 2011 version, which featured only Jackson, Baez and Maples among the Top 10. Vogelbach was ranked No. 12.

That's quite a turnaround for the front office. It's interesting to see Almora come in above Baez -- who has wowed scouts with his skill-set over the last year-plus -- and Soler -- the hottest international commodity this offseason behind Yoenis Cespedes and Yu Darvish -- but that speaks to how high Almora's ceiling is.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8

 

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

The 2017-18 IHSA boys basketball season has a lot of talented teams in the Chicagoland area. See who made the preseason top 25, headlined by five Public League powerhouses.

No. 1 Morgan Park

No. 2 Whitney Young

No. 3 Simeon

No. 4 Orr

No. 5 Curie

No. 6 Fenwick

No. 7 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Waukegan

No. 9 Niles North

No. 10 Uplift

No. 11 Romeoville

No. 12 Hinsdale South

No. 13 West Aurora

No. 14 Larkin

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 16 OPRF

No. 17 St. Charles East

No. 18 Kenwood

No. 19 Willowbrook

No. 20 Bloom

No. 21 Evanston

No. 22 Lake Zurich

No. 23 Proviso East

No. 24 Lincoln-Way East

No. 25 Libertyville