3 way too early reactions from the Cubs Spring Training opener

Chicago Cubs put on a show in game one of Cactus League play.

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1. Cubs prospects offer tremendous offensive upside

After struggling at the plate in his first big league stint, Pete Crow-Armstrong quickly reminded us why he's the #1 prospect in the Cubs organization. His gapper in the first inning off big league veteran Jesse Chavez was a swing of beauty. Later on, he also scored from second on an infield single was just as impressive as his double, which was the best heads-up play of the game.

Matt Shaw had the other notable performance in his spring debut. Lasering an RBI double to left in the first, Shaw finished his day going 2-3, narrowly missing a 3-3 performance on a rope to 3rd that was speared impressively on a hop. Shaw will likely start in Double-A Tennessee in 2024 but has a fast track written all over him. He was drafted last summer and is already eyeing a big-league call-up in 2024.

The bigger-named prospects in Crow-Armstrong, Alexander Canario, and Shaw went 4-9 in the spring opener. It serves as a reminder that Jed Hoyer has done a fantastic job rebuilding this organization from top to bottom. The team's league-leading seven top 100 prospects (according to MLB Pipeline) are all quickly climbing up the ladder. The future is bright in Chicago.

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