Chicago Cubs: Five prospects who will play in Chicago this season
By Bill Quinn
Although the Chicago Cubs haven’t produced a ton of impact talent of late, 2020 will reverse course and help open a new era for the franchise.
Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Ian Happ. Those five guys all made their MLB debut for the Chicago Cubs sometime between 2014 and 2017. They have seven All-Star appearances, 475 home runs, a Rookie of the Year, an National League MVP trophy, and four of them own a World Series ring from 2016.
Pretty impressive, right? What’s more so is that all five of those position players were homegrown. Drafted or signed by the Cubs initially, they’re part of what was once considered the “young core” that also included Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Albert Almora. Although this group is yet to fully realize their full potential and bring home another title, it’s been a pretty spectacular run.
Granted, there has been a bit of a lull in terms of the pipeline the last couple seasons, but with the graduation of all of that talent to the big league level coupled with the positions blocked and manned by said talent, how could there not be? Not to mention the fact that all that talk about the “lack of talent” and depleted farm system is a bit of a farce if you take a look at some of the pitching depth and top tier prospects pushing to get to Chicago in the next two years.
So, your question is, “which prospects will be up in those two years, and more importantly, this year?” You’ve certainly come to the right place, as that’s exactly what we’re here to address and reveal right here.