Chicago Cubs have a long-term first base option not named Anthony Rizzo

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Chicago Cubs: Finding the answer

Diving into the depths of the Cubs’ minor league rosters, the sad truth remains there are not a lot of options worthy of succeeding Rizzo, outside of Young. Some guys such as Cam Balego, Tyler Alamo, Gioskar Amaya and Yasiel Balaguert are still young or at least relatively young. But, at least at this point in their respective careers, they’ve been unable to produce at the same level as Young.

Which brings us to Young. Standing at 6’1″ and a modest 180 pounds, Young played at Old Dominion for a single season, registering an impressive .367/.441/.580 line with seven home runs and 34 RBI. He also managed to steal nine bases and struck out a mere 19 times in 57 starts for the Monarchs.

Young is an All-American who profiled as a mainstay at second base. Since joining the organization, has moved over to first, handling duties there. He also registered 189 innings in left field last season at High-A. A jack of all trades, Young can do it all which could be crucial for Chicago in the future.