Prospecting season is upon us and as usual, baseball industry folk compose their lists that provide insight in to the world of scouting and player development. The wealth of knowledge that is available is outstanding – it’s like Christmas in February!

Jonathan Mayo, the author behind the Cubs’ top 20 prospets list in 2012, is at it again having updated his list for the 2013 season. While some of the player who populate that list come as a shock, others (mainly the top 3) fall exactly where you’d expect them to.

The 2013 list looks like this:

Javier Baez
Albert Almora
Jorge Soler
Brett Jackson
Arodys Vizcaino
Dillon Maples
Pierce Johnson
Christian Villanueva
Junior Lake
Matt Szczur
Daniel Vogelbach
Jae-Hoon Ha
Jeimer Candelario
Josh Vitters
Robert Whitenack
Duane Underwood
Paul Blackburn
Gioskar Amaya
Alberto Cabrera
Darien Martin

No shock that as usual, Javier Baez is top dog in the Cubs’ prospect picture with Almora and Soler rounding off the top 3. I still believe that Soler and Almora are interchangeable in some respects as Soler possesses a strong bat, but Almora is the younger, more rounded player. Age accounts for a lot in scouting terms, after all.