The Chicago Cubs farm system is considered to be top ten in the league right now with several top 100 prospects sprinkled around their minor league affiliates. Not all of them will turn into big league stars or even be on the Cubs in the future. With a wealth of position players already at the big league level, some of the outfield prospects will undoubtedly be moved to acquire big league talent. Here are three prospects the Cubs should hold on to, and two they should trade.
Keep: RHP Ben Brown
Ben Brown has emerged as quite the prize from the 2022 trade deadline. The Cubs sent their closer David Robertson over to the Phillies in exchange for Brown last August, and the 6'6 right-hander recently earned a promotion to the Iowa Cubs. Although the adjustment to the Triple-A level was slow, Brown is beginning to settle in with a 2.25 ERA on the season.
As the Cubs' number 6 prospect, Brown is knocking on the major league door and could get the call as soon as this season. With high velocity and an impressive curveball, Brown could end up being a big league starter or transition into a high-leverage bullpen guy. Either way, Brown is too valuable to trade.