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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Bailey Horn LHP

We’ve written about Horn a couple of times this off-season and he’s our number 26 prospect in the system. He wasn’t spectacular in 2023 but he was solid in 2022 and he was added to the 40-man roster over the winter to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. 

His spring training will likely be far more important to him than it is to the organization. He’s unlikely to break camp with the Major League club, but as a lefty, you can’t rule it out. However, the thing that he’s playing for is to remain on that 40-man roster and not be a waiver-wire casualty if the Cubs find something more enticing at the end of March.