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Chicago Cubs will face challenges as young Milwaukee Brewers improve

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Aug 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zach Davies (27) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zach Davies (27) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 21, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; The Miller Park logo outside of Miller Park prior to the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. Cincinnati won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; The Miller Park logo outside of Miller Park prior to the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. Cincinnati won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

As the Chicago Cubs battle the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend at Miller Park, there’s a lot of promise for the Brew Crew moving forward. It starts with a couple headline prospects approaching the bigs.

There’s no disputing the results of the Chicago Cubs’ top-to-bottom rebuild. From a 100-plus loss team to World Series champions in roughly five years, it’s worked to perfection. Now, other teams, including the Milwaukee Brewers, are hoping their young prospects will lead them to prosperity.

According to MLB.com, the Brewers carry five of the top 100 prospects in all of Major League Baseball entering the season. By contrast, Chicago has four, headlined by Eloy Jimenez and Ian Happ.

The Brewers haven’t won the National League Central since 2011. In fact, it’s been three years since Milwaukee enjoyed a winning record (and they barely snuck that one out at 82-80). It’s clearly time for a renaissance up I-294 and they’re counting on their prospects to deliver.

At the big league level, Milwaukee has several young players who will play a vital role in their success this season. Most notably, it’s names like Zach Davies on the mound and 22-year-old shortstop Orlando Arcia.

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