Chicago Cubs: Building for the future
According to MLB’s Jim Callis, next years draft class is on pace to be as good as the 2011 class. That class included Cubs’ superstar and firecracker Javier Baez. While the Cubs will not be lauding a top 10 selection, or even top 20, due diligence by the trusted Epstein is sure to bring another talented prospect to the Windy City.
It is no use beating a dead horse about the veteran nature of the current rotation. However, it is essential to note. Jon Lester and Cole Hamels are both 35 years old, and there is no certainty to how much longer either guy will be able to pitch. Lester has another two years on his current deal and becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2022. Hamels, meanwhile, is a free agent after this season.
Many young arms in the system should see considerable time over the next few seasons. When it comes to the future, it is crucial to nail those picks, and the Cubs could very well continue to go after pitching.