Chicago Cubs: 3 under-the-radar prospects to consider targeting

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Chicago Cubs: Mark Vientos makes sense as a long-term Kris Bryant replacement

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The Mets may be the most heavily-linked team to the Cubs, with the team showing interest in Bryant, Craig Kimbrel, and even Javier Baez. JT Ginn and Ronny Mauricio have been the names mostly linked to the Cubs, but if Brett Baty is untouchable, Mark Vientos should be in the Cubs’ crosshairs.

Another bat with 60-grade power, Vientos absolutely mashes and has a penchant for drawing walks. Unlike many power bats, Vientos is a decent enough contact hitter as well, not striking out nearly at the same rate as other power hitters. Vientos isn’t exactly nimble, but his power more than makes up for it.

Vientos likely won’t be as versatile as a defender as Bryant was, but he certainly has the arm to play the hot corner. With loads of potential with his bat, Vientos may find himself being the successor for the person he’s traded for in the near future.

As the deadline draws ever so closer, the Cubs are likely zeroing on prospects they like and are making final decisions on who and when to sell. The team has a golden opportunity to strap a rocket to their “rebuild” and put themselves in a position for a quick turnaround.

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The Cubs likely aren’t gonna get monster prospect returns for everyone they sell off, but there can be value everywhere you look.