3 Cubs players who'll make the Opening Day roster but won't last the season

A fan favorite is likely entering the start of his final season with the Chicago Cubs.

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2. Nick Madrigal

For as many jokes made at Nick Madrigal's expense last season when the Cubs converted him to a third baseman, he passed the eye test. Madrigal proved he was capable of handling third base, but his offensive profile still has flaws.

Madrigal's inability to take a step forward on offense in his development is likely what sparked Craig Counsell's decision to give Christopher Morel a chance at the hot corner. Madrigal has been assisting Morel with his transition to playing third base regularly and assuming Patrick Wisdom is not long for the roster, the former White Sox top prospect likely is safe in terms of making the Opening Day roster.

Madrigal will be the primary backup to Morel at third base to open the season but the ascension of 2023 first-round pick Matt Shaw is something to monitor. If the Cubs have a need for offense during the second half of the season and are in a position to make the postseason, Shaw will likely get serious consideration at being promoted to the Major League level.

Shaw's arrival will likely come at Madrigal's expense, especially if the plan is for him to play at third base.