Chicago Cubs: Multiple players could break out this season in a big way

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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 19: Albert Almora Jr. #5 of the Chicago Cubs looks on from the dugout after losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 in game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Despite their relative age, the Chicago Cubs are pretty well established. But there are a few players ready to break out and earn major roles moving forward.

The Chicago Cubs have enjoyed the best three-year stretch in franchise history  – thanks to one of the best talented young cores in the game. Headlined by Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, this group appears poised to make its fourth-consecutive postseason in 2018.

But among these star players are guys who have shown flashes – but are yet to cement themselves as top-tier Major League players. If even one or two of these guys can break out this year, the Cubs can get back to the dominance we saw in 2015.

It won’t be easy. The Milwaukee Brewers appear hopeful on knocking off the Cubs. In St. Louis, the Cardinals brought in slugger Marcell Ozuna as a shot-in-the-arm offensively. But if Chicago adds their much sought-after top-tier arm, they have to be the favorites.

But that’s a discussion for another time. Let’s talk about some of these young talents.