Rankings and Stuff

Earlier this week, the Scout.com MiLB network launched arguably its biggest, most collaborative piece yet: the compiling of baseball's top 300 prospects. There were countless hours, last-second roster shufflings and changes (in part based on big league service time) that went into the project. And of course, there were plenty of players from the Cubs' own farm system nominated to the list.

A total of 11 Cub prospects make up the top 300, as ranked by Scout's insiders. It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the Cubs' farm system that of those prospects ranked, Felix Pie is the highest on the board at 25th overall -- one spot behind Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and one ahead of Baltimore's Nolan Reimold. Both are Class A outfielders.

Speaking of outfielders, a total of 67 were ranked in the top 300. Pie came in 10th best at his position. Through 102 games in his first Triple-A season, the 21-year-old is batting .272 with a season-high 10-game hitting streak.

The Cub prospect who perhaps most impressed our insiders was Eric Patterson. Of the 13 second basemen who make up the list, Patterson is ranked second among them and 49th overall. He is batting .270 in 101 games at Double-A West Tennessee after bypassing Advanced A.

Ah, but what about pitchers?

Angel Guzman edged out Rich Hill for top honors among the hurlers. To no surprise, fast-rising prospects Sean Gallagher and Donald Veal garnered well-deserved nominations on the list. Carlos Marmol's name was not included, as he is zeroing in on 50 innings pitched at the big league level.

"On any list, there's always a guy missing somewhere that nobody knew about," Cubs Director of Player Development Oneri Fleita said when told of the upcoming Scout.com Top 300 on Friday.

"Nobody knew about Marmol a couple of years ago and now he's in the big leagues. We feel confident that we have a bunch of guys like that who are just sitting around. Sooner or later, time will tell. The cream always rises to the top."

To view the complete list of rankings, or to sort them by their many attributes, click on the link below.

2006 Scout.com Minor League Rankings

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