Cubs top ESPN’s Future Power Rankings
Just how well off are the Cubs as an organization going forward? According to ESPN analysts, they’re far and away in the best position to succeed of all major league teams for the next half decade.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney unveiled their updated MLB Future Power Rankings, with the Cubs coming in at No. 1, a two-spot improvement from March’s edition.
The Cubs arrived a year earlier than expected, and they’re not going away any time soon. This offseason they’ll put the finishing touches on what should be a championship-caliber club in 2016. Team president Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer are committed to building a strong rotation after Arrieta and Jon Lester this offseason to improve their playoff chances, and I expect them to be players on the top free-agent pitchers. If they don’t get one, I wouldn’t be surprised if they traded one (or more) of their many highly touted prospects to get a top-of-rotation type of guy. Either way, they’re positioned for a nice run of winning seasons. — Jim Bowden
All 30 teams were ranked in five categories including state of the major league team, state of the minor league system, finances, management and current contract situation. The Cubs ranked first in the management section and second in the majors department. The club also found itself in the top five of both minors and finances, and eighth in mobility.
In total, the organization accumulated 90.9 percent of the possible points, more than 12 percentage points better than the second place Dodgers. Rounding out the top five were the Red Sox (third), Astros (fourth) and Mets (fifth). The Astros were the biggest risers from March, jumping 15 spots.