It took four prospects to obtain Jose Quintana to help bolster the starting rotations. Who are the top prospects in the Chicago Cubs system now?
Coming into the season, the Chicago Cubs possessed five prospects in MLB’s top 100. That number is down to one. Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. are on the Major League roster. While Happ’s was not expected to be up this soon, injuries to Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist required his presence in Chicago. And, coming into this season, Almora Jr. was expected to be on the 25-man roster all season.
But, the play of the Cubs demanded something else be done. The offense was sluggish, but the starting pitching was a shell of their 2016 selves. Going from being the top rotation to one of the worst performing in the NL forced Theo Epstein’s hand. He reached out and acquired starting pitcher Jose Quintana.
The price tag from the crosstown White Sox seemed a bit high to many. Losing two of the remaining three Top 100 prospects was required. Now, Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease are in the South Side’s system. How does that leave the Cubs?