Chicago Cubs: Finding room at the Inn
The reality is a tough one for Verdugo when it comes to his chances at the big league level. Four of the clubs top ten current prospects are infielders, with three of those guys listed as shortstops. Both Aramis Ademan and Zack Short have seemingly gone backward recently with their production, which could open a door for Verdugo moving forward.
The likelihood is that Verdugo begins 2020 at Short-Season Low-A Eugene and moves up from there. However, with his dominating performance this year, he could find himself headed straight for South Bend next season.
Obviously, outside of Javier Baez, the state of the Cubs middle infield is up in the air. We have discussed the reality of Ben Zobrist and the expectation of how he probably does not have much time left in a major league uniform. Addison Russell is also someone who could and should realistically find himself on the chopping block. Outside of this, there is not a ton of stable value to be had right now.
Knowing this, there is a good chance we could see Nico Hoerner next season at some point. Or, at least, it would not be out of the question. Verdugo has a long way to go, but if he continues to progress and plays his cards right, he could be on his way to the Show in a few seasons.