Chicago Cubs: An intriguing batch of international prospects to watch

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There is a ton of intrigue with the current crop of prospects in the Chicago Cubs organization. While the tip of the iceberg is where many fans tend to avert their attention, a group of young international prospects is also keeping things interesting.

Each year Major League Baseball’s international signing period takes center stage. Two seasons ago, it was Wander Franco and Jelfrey Marte. Last season, Victor Victor Mesa, Marco Luciano, and Richard Gallardo.

Of course, it wasn’t that long ago Chicago Cubs fans were excited about a key prospect who came from overseas. Outfielder Jorge Soler once appeared to be a critical piece of the team’s plans. Chicago wound up moving on from the Cuban-born slugger ahead of the 2017 campaign in the Wade Davis trade. But last season, he finally put it all together as a member of the Kansas City Royals, leading the American League with 48 home runs, appearing in all 162 games for the club.

But let’s focus on the present, shall we?

For the Cubs, there is a unique talent flying under the radar as a specific group of guys upped their production and showed up in a huge way. This group of kids, as a few of them still basically are, is still years away from the grandstand of MLB. However, it is never early enough to be hoping and dreaming of a bright future to continue for years to come.