Chicago Cubs: Pitching prospects are starting to show up

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The Cubs have pitching talent aplenty

With a World Series title back on the North Side of Chicago, the Cubs’ front office can afford to gamble with pitchers early in the draft. So many times, we see talented pitchers taken early in the draft that fail to reach the majors. That, in part, is why Theo and the rest of the front office took the approach of drafting position players with top picks.

Now that the pressure to win a title is off, the brass can return to developing pitchers.

The 2018 season will be the first full season that Cubs’ fans have seen home-grown pitchers make a difference on the field for quite some time. Jen-Ho Tseng, Dillon Maples and Pierce Johnson could all have huge impacts on the team moving forward.

In addition to those three, the pitchers listed in this article will be key to the sustained success of the Cubs in the near future.

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Yes, it was a great idea to target position players early in the draft for so many years. Now, however, that decision could potentially impact the long-term success of the club. Nevertheless, Theo Epstein has proven many times that he knows what he is doing and this occasion is no different.