4 players who could play third for the Chicago Cubs in 2024

The Cubs need a long-term solution at third base. There are options in free agency and within the organization that the team needs to consider.
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3. Matt Shaw

Infielder Matt Shaw was drafted by the Cubs in the first round (13th overall) in the 2023 draft. Shaw is already regarded as one of the best prospects in the game and the 21-year-old already has a place on the top 100 prospects list at 99. Similar to Nico Hoerner's journey to the majors, Shaw is expected to be a quick riser in the Cubs system.

In 20 games with the South Bend Cubs this year, Shaw threw up a dominant .393/.427/.655 slash line with 11 extra-base hits. This performance garnered him an early promotion to the Double-A Tennessee Smokies even though he was just drafted earlier this year. Since Shaw will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, he could end up making his way to Triple-A in early 2024.

Shaw is a natural shortstop but can play both second and third base. Although he'll probably need at least half of next year to continue developing, I could see him realistically being a September callup in 2024.