The Chicago Cubs will win the 2024 World Series because the farm system is extremely balanced and absolutely loaded
The teams that have the ability to win championships are ones that are constantly improving. In order to be a team capable of improving during the season you need to have some combination of the following things:
- Young talent that has not yet reached its ceiling
- Players that begin the season in the minor leagues that can help the major league team at some point in the season
- A farm system deep enough to trade talented prospects for talented MLB players that can help a team win now
The Cubs have all three of those things.
The Major League roster is expected to carry outfielders Pete Crow-Armstrong and Alexander Canario, infielder Michael Busch, left-handers Jordan Wicks Luke Little on Opening Day, all of whom have little experience on the largest stage. Beyond that, Morel still battled strikeout problems last season but he improved in every other statistical offensive category and if he can find a defensive position to even be average at he could take his play to an entirely different level.
There are also players that will begin the season in the minors that could help the major league club if there is an injury or a lack of performance. Players like Matt Mervis, Owen Caissie, Kevin Alcantara, Matt Shaw, Cade Horton and Ben Brown will all be opening the season in the upper levels of the minors and they’ll be just a phone call away from coming up and providing for the team in a pinch.
Beyond that, if the major league team is cruising but they appear to be just one or two pieces away from truly contending at the trade deadline, any of the players listed above will be extremely attractive to a trade partner due to their high ceiling and their proximity to the majors. If a team were more interested in players that are further away then they could look at up-and-comers such as Jefferson Rojas, Derniche Valdez, Alexis Hernandez or Moises Ballesteros.
Moral of the story, this team’s farm system is not only built to help itself in a time of need due to injury, it also has the ability to send several prospects away in return for a difference-maker at the trade deadline.