4 top pitching prospects that could lead the Cubs to a dominant spring

The Chicago Cubs signed Shota Imanaga this offseason and are expecting a bounceback from Jameson Taillon. However, there may be even more intriguing pitching stories if you look a little deeper.

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Ben Brown RHP

Brown was our number 10 prospect heading into this season and the pitching prospect that every fan wanted on the major league squad after his blisteringly hot start to the 2023 season. In the first four games of the year, he allowed just one run over 20 innings while striking out 30.

He was acquired from the Phillies for David Robertson and he could sneak into conversations for that fifth starter spot in the Opening Day rotation. The best thing that he has going for him is that Javier Assad and Drew Smyly may be better assets coming out of the bullpen than being used in the rotation and his stuff has a significantly higher upside than Hayden Wesneski or Jordan Wicks.