3 Chicago Cubs storylines to watch for during the second half of the season

The Chicago Cubs begin an important stretch of games on Friday as they start the second half of their season with a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox.

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3 Chicago Cubs Storylines to follow in the second half of the season - Will the team be aggressive with top prospect promotions?

The Chicago Cubs have generally practiced caution with their prospect promotions as the team wants their top prospects to dominate at each level before getting the call-up to the Major Leagues.

However, we may have started to see a shift in that philosophy this season as the team promoted pitching prospects Ben Brown and Jordan Wicks to Triple-A Iowa during the first half of the season with the idea that both could help the Major League team by the end of the season. Daniel Palencia was converted to a reliever upon his promotion to Triple-A and that has led to his promotion to Major League level already.

Cubs' top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong has yet to get the promotion to the Triple-A level but it seems imminent at this point. Depending on the approach the Cubs take at the deadline or, even if the team moves Bellinger to first base as a way to stabilize the position as they go for the division, a promotion of Crow-Armstrong to the Major League level shouldn't be ruled out.

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