There’s only one semi-interesting rumor floating around in the ether today, which we’ll get to in a bit. So thankfully, Baseball America went and ranked its top ten prospects for the Cubs. First, Jim Callis gives us a rundown on the big moves in the Cubs organization in 2012.
The Cubs spent the No. 6 overall pick in the draft and $3.9 million in bonus money on center fielder Albert Almora, one of the most polished high school position players in recent memory. To restock an organization seriously bereft of pitching, they spent their next seven choices on arms, starting with Missouri State righthander Pierce Johnson.
A week after the draft, Chicago landed Cuban slugger Jorge Soler with the biggest deal for an amateur in franchise history.
At the trade deadline, the Cubs picked up righthander Arodys Vizcaino from the Braves in a deal for reliable veterans Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm.
Lest we forget, the Cubs signed a few international free agent pitchers, too.
The Cubs spent heavily on three international pitchers, with $1.5 million Dominican righthander Juan Carlos Paniagua generating positive reviews and $6 million Cuban lefthander Gerardo Concepcion getting shelled in low Class A and removed from the 40-man roster in December. They imported Hanshin Tigers closer Kyuji Fujikawa from Japan in December for a two-year deal worth $9.5 million.
Concepcion could end up being the biggest waste of $6 dollars since Lee Majors. Rankings after the jump…