Pelicans opening-day roster loaded with top Cubs prospects

Baseball magazines, media outlets and organizations have made the Chicago Cubs farm system the near-consensus choice as the best in baseball.

Many of the players responsible for that assessment will begin the 2015 season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the franchise’s first season as the Advanced Class A affiliate of the Cubs after four seasons in the Texas Rangers organization.

Nine players ranked among the Cubs’ Top 30 prospects according to both Baseball America magazine and’s Prospect Watch have been assigned to Myrtle Beach, including highly-touted outfielder Billy McKinney and a pair of pitchers ranked among the Cubs’ top 11 prospects by Baseball America.

“I can’t see any reason why we can’t win a bunch of games,” said Pelicans manager Mark Johnson.