Jim Callis

Where the Cubs' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Cubs' top 30 prospects are starting the season

With the 2015 season officially under way, here's a look at where the Cubs' top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. Kris Bryant -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
2. Addison Russell -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
3. Jorge Soler -- Chicago Cubs (MLB)
4. C.J. Edwards -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
5. Kyle Schwarber -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
6. Albert Almora -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
7. Gleyber Torres -- South Bend Cubs (A)
8. Duane Underwood -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
9. Billy McKinney -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
10. Pierce Johnson -- Extended spring training
11. Jen-Ho Tseng -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
12. Eloy Jimenez -- Extended spring training
13. Jake Stinnett -- South Bend Cubs (A)
14. Carson Sands -- Extended spring training
15. Jeimer Candelario -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
16. Dan Vogelbach -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
17. Justin Steele -- Extended spring training
18. Mark Zagunis -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
19. Victor Caratini -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
20. Corey Black -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
21. Dylan Cease -- Extended spring training
22. Rob Zastryzny -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
23. Jacob Hannemann -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
24. Christian Villanueva -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
25. Daury Torrez -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
26. Eric Jokisch -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
27. Paul Blackburn -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
28. Kevonte Mitchell -- Extended spring training
29. Trevor Clifton -- South Bend Cubs (A)
30. Bijan Rademacher -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)

Team to watch
The Cubs have the game's top farm system and distributed that talent fairly evenly throughout their four full-season affiliates. The Triple-A Iowa Cubs stand out the most with the sheer star power of third baseman Kris Bryant (No. 2 on's Top 100 Prospects list) and shortstop Addison Russell (No. 5), both of whom could play major roles in the big leagues this year. The same is true of slugging middle infielder Javier Baez, who lost his prospect status last summer.

Teams on MiLB.TV
Iowa Cubs
Tennessee Smokies
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
South Bend Cubs

New faces
Right-hander Dylan Cease was pushing to go in the first round of the 2014 Draft before he injured his elbow. He had Tommy John surgery shortly after signing for $1.5 million in the sixth round, and already is throwing off a mound in preparation to make his pro debut this summer in Rookie ball.

On the shelf
Right-hander Pierce Johnson, one of the Cubs' best and most advanced pitching prospects, will open the year in extended spring training while recovering from a minor back injury. He missed the start of last season with hamstring issues.

Jim Callis is a reporter for and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.