Chicago Cubs: 10 bats to target as MLB trade deadline looms

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Jordan Groshans / Chicago Cubs
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Chicago Cubs: 10 bats to target at the trade deadline: #7 – Jordan Groshans

Let’s now dip into the minor leagues for a minute as we look at  Toronto prospect Jordan Groshans. At 21 years old, Groshans has been exceptional thus far. While playing in rookie ball in 2018 he posted a .296/.353/.446. He was drafted number 12 straight out of high school in the first round of the draft by Toronto.

In 2019 at A-ball, he slashed .337/.427/.482. Of course, there was no minor league season in 2020 due to the pandemic. Back at it this year, Groshans is batting .294/.375/.453 to go along with five home runs and 28 RBI in 45 games played. Not too shabby.

Even more so then just his bat, the reason Groshans should be a top target for the Cubs if they are looking to re-tool, is the fact that Groshans is listed as a third baseman and shortstop. Anybody know any third basemen or shortstops that may be on their way out on the North Side?

Groshans is one of those talents with a very high ceiling. Baseball America has him as the 49th-best prospect in all of baseball. So if you’re trying to pry him away, it’ll take a Craig Kimbrel-caliber move to make it happen. But if Jed Hoyer can get a deal done involving Groshans, it could very well be one that pays off for years to come.