Found January 16, 2013 on Obstructed View OLD:
This is something interesting to document that doesn't deserve a real post. I was curious to see what Cubs are "young" for their level. So, what I've done is gone through each minor league system the Cubs contribute to and looked to see if any Cubs are in the Top 10. Here are the results. Note: only prospects who had appreciable time at each level were counted, at my discretion. Also, they had to be in the top 100 in batting average for the league (which is why Brett Jackson is not on this list). It's dumb, but it made this a lot quicker. I'm also not torn up about it too much, because it helps separate the chaff "prospects".  Dominican Summer League Hitting None Pitching Carlos Rodriguez, Age-16 (71.2 IP, 2.01 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 2.5 BB/9) Arizona  Hitting None Pitching Paul Blackburn, Age-18 (20.2 IP, 3.48 ERA, 5.7 SO/9, 3.0 BB/9) Boise Hitting Jeimer Candelario, Age-18 (.281/.345/.396) Darien Martin, Age-18 (.270/.318/.377) LEAGUE LINE: .249/.331/.359 Pitching None Peoria Hitting Javier Baez, Age-19 (.333/.383/.596) Pin-Chieh Chen, Age-20 (.259/.345/.347) LEAGUE LINE: .254/.326/.379 Pitching None Florida Hitting Ronald Torreyes, Age-19 [Youngest player in the league] (.264/.326/.385) Arismendy Alcantara, Age-20 (.302/.339/.447) LEAGUE LINE: .255/.326/.373 Pitching None Tennessee Hitting Jae-Hoon Ha, Age-20 (.273/.352/.385) Pitching None Iowa Hitting Josh Vitters, Age-22 (.304/.356/.513) Anthony Rizzo, Age-22 (.342/.405/.696) LEAGUE LINE: .278/.345/.430 Pitching None Pretty hilarious and sad that we don't have a single level-young prospect at A and above. This also gives me more confidence in Vitters. He truly is still very much a prospect, and he gets a bad rap for taking a little longer to climb to the majors even though he's still been level-young and competent everywhere he's been. Obviously, he needs to stick at third for that to happen. He should get a bunch of chances, in my opinion, because he's not blocking anyone unless you think Junior Lake is the answer.  

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