2012 MLB Top Prospects: Chicago Cubs Have 4 Top Prospects According To Baseball America

Baseball America has just released their highly anticipated ranking of the Top 100 MLB Prospects.The Washington Nationals phenom OF Bryce Harper comes in with the No. 1 overall ranking, closely followed by the Tampa Bay Rays' top pitching young gun, SP Matt Moore.

The Cubs do not make an appearance until No. 32 with their young, seemingly MLB-ready OF Brett Jackson:

32 Brett Jackson of, Cubs Age: 23. ETA: 2012.
Steadily moving up the charts (38th on last year's Top 100) like a Foo Fighters song.

Jackson spent the 2011 season split between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting a combined .274/.379/.490 through 512 PAs. He is currently blocked by LF Alfonso Soraino, CF Marlon Byrd and RF David DeJesus, but he is still expected find his way into some playing time in 2012.

The other three Cubs prospects in the Top 100 include No. 47 1B Anthony Rizzo, the 22-year-old slugger acquired in the RHP Andrew Cashner trade, No. 61 SS Javier Baez, the Cubs' top pick in the 2011 Rule 4 Draft, and No. 64 OF Matt Szczur, a former football star at Villanova University.

For more on the Cubs prospects and world of minor league baseball, drop by Minor League Ball with John Sickels. Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more Cubs news and notes.

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