Oct. 14, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell plays for the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game against the Scottsdale Scorpions at Salt River Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago’s farm system made a name for themselves last year. The youngsters are efficiently developing, and a few are already making impacts in the big leagues.
"“You can count the MiLB.com staff members among the believers. After a season in which the Cubs produced MiLBY winners for Top Offensive Player (Kris Bryant) and Best Team (Kane County), the MiLB.com staff has voted the Cubs as the Minor League’s farm system of 2014.”"
Russell hit .295 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI apart of the Stockton Ports, Smokies and Midland RockHounds this past season. The shortstop continually managed to reach base and struck out just 49 times in 280 plate appearances.
Outfielder Albert Almora is also moving up the ladder quickly, as he hit .270 and drove in 60 runs.
This year, the Cubs’ top prospect’s talent will be flashier and their strides to improvement will be crucial for seasons to come.