While things look bleak now, the Chicago Cubs might have a bright future ahead of them. Three Cubs prospects are ranked on Baseball America's AZL Top 20 Prospects list, with two of them coming in the top four.
Albert Almora, who was selected sixth in the 2012 draft, was second on the list behind only Oakland Athletics shortstop Addison Russell. Almora hit .321 in 33 games combined between the Arizona Rookie League and Class A Boise.
Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler was fourth on the list. The Cubs signed the 20-year-old Soler to a nine-year deal worth $30 million earlier in the year. The youngster struggled a bit in the Arizona Rookie League, hitting just .241 in 14 games. But he showed off his immense talent at Class A Peoria, batting .338 and knocking out three home runs in 20 games.
The final Cub on the list is Dan Vogelbach, coming in at 14th. Vogelbach excelled in the Arizona Rookie League the past two years before also performing well at Class A Boise this season. He hit .322 and had 10 home runs for the Boise Hawks in 2012.