It was a good night for the Cubs' top prospects

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Thanks in large part to the ongoing rebuilding process, the Cubs have assembled a highly enviable core of hitting prospects. That point was reinforced in an impressive way on Thursday night ... 

For those unable to parse the Twitter parlance above, Javier Baez (Baseball America's no. 5 overall prospect coming into the season), Kris Bryant (BA's no. 8 overall prospect coming into the season), Addison Russell (BA's no. 14 overall prospect and headline haul from the recent blockbuster with the A's), Dan Vogelbach, Jorge Soler (BA's no. 41 overall prospect) and Christian Villanueva (BA's no. 100 overall prospect coming into 2012) each homered on the same baseball evening. 

Particularly heartening for the Cubs is how Baez has been pounding the ball of late. He endured a slow start to this, his age-21 campaign for Triple-A Iowa, but he has steadily improved from month to month and is now batting .291/.370/.535 over the last four weeks of play. Then again, that would constitute a bad month for, say, Kris Bryant (.350/.446/.712 at Double- and Triple-A this year). 

Regarding young Mr. Baez, here's his Thursday homer of note and also further evidence of his enviable raw power ... 

A well-struck baseball is what that was. 

Nothing is to be fully assumed with prospects (as is the case with future projections of any ballplayer), but the Cubs' system is utterly loaded right now. If you don't believe me, then just ask Thursday to tell you.

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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