Cubs: Myrtle Beach named as a top roster by Baseball America

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I’m not a very big ‘subscription’ guy, and with that comes a lot of free trials but rarely the follow through of a commitment. Except for one place, and that is Baseball America. Covering a lot of Minor League Baseball allows me to leverage my knowledge of the depths of the Chicago Cubs system.

As fate would have it, this same Cubs team received a huge honor as Baseball America (subscription required) just named the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Cubs’ Low-A squad, as one of the top ten ‘loaded rosters’ in baseball. Let that sink in for a moment. A team that was at the height of it all just a handful of years ago is now nearly rebuilding from the ground up, and there is some serious talent in waiting.

Chicago Cubs: Myrtle Beach is the squad to follow this season

If you’re looking to get to know the youngest guys on a professional baseball roster, the Pelicans are the team to follow. However, when you dig deep into this team, you’ll see there is a bevy of talented bats.

Outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong has become a favorite amongst fans as the freshly minted 20-year-old attempts to get his sea legs under him. In his first professional stint at formerly Class-A, Crow-Armstrong hit a whopping .417/.563/.500 over 32 plate appearances as he showed off what makes him a top-level competitor even in small sample sizes.

Jacob Wetzel is another name to keep tabs on as his second season has kicked off, and he’s hitting .300 through his first three games. Wetzel is older than Crow-Armstrong; however, at just 22 years, Wetzel still has a massive upside and a path to the major league squad in a couple of years if he keeps tearing the cover off the ball.

There is still a solid core rounding out the offense. The catching trio of Miguel Fabrizio, Ethan Hearn, and Malcom Quintero have already impressed. Hearn has grown into his own in a couple of short seasons despite the numbers say, and Fabrizio hit the ball well in Rookie ball last season.

If that isn’t enough, Reggie Preciado and James Triantos hold down the middle infield, and both are lauded as future solid talents for the Cubs. Then, add in the very talented Owen Caissie, who, along with Preciado, was part of the Yu Darvish deal, and you have the future infield for the Cubs at the back end of this decade presumably.

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