Chicago Cubs: Each team faces very different trajectories
The Dodgers farm system seems to be a factory of talent that they can develop. Gavin Lux, a stud prospect who came up and had some moments in September looks to be a fixture for a long time, while Smith, May, and Keibert Ruiz are the gold standards.
Players like Edwin Rios, Tony Gonsolin, Kyle Garlick and Dennis Santana all gave production the the Dodgers in spurts this year. It’s a rinse/repeat cycle in terms of players that come and go. The only thing the Dodgers have not done the last seven years is win a World Series.
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The Cubs farm system has been one of the worst in baseball the last couple years after everybody got called up or traded, notably Gleyber Torres to the Yankees for Aroldis Chapman during the championship season of 2016.
Chicago has some emerging prospects, but nothing on the level of the Dodgers of course. Miguel Amaya and Nico Hoerner are Top 100 prospects. Brennen Davis and Cole Roederer are emerging outfielders in lower levels of the minor leagues.
Brailyn Marquez can touch 100 MPH from the left side. Ryan Jensen and Chase Strumpf were early round picks in the 2019 draft and they have looked good in limited samples. The rest of the system is a lot of guys with high ceilings but they haven’t proven much.
The Cubs have their core for two more years, some players for three more years, and the Dodgers have theirs longer. Los Angeles seems better at player development at this point than Chicago and that’s big when trying to keep a run at the top alive.
Knowing all the information we know now, the question becomes to you as a fan…who would you rather be a fan of going forward? The Cubs, who sold out to win a World Series and whose window seems to be closing in a few years; or the Dodgers, who have a tendency to prospect-hug and keep stumbling in the playoffs, but their window to win seems never-ending?