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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Jordan Wicks LHP

Wicks got a taste of big league action last season and prior to his final blowup start of the year, he had put together a pretty respectable run. He comes into the season as our number nine prospect in the system and is the odds-on favorite to take the fifth spot in the rotation for Opening Day.

That being said, he will have a lot of competition in the form of the aforementioned Ben Brown as well as Hayden Wesneski, Javier Assad, and Drew Smyly. This will be one of the first major decisions that new manager Craig Counsell will have to make and it will be fascinating to see if Wicks (or anyone else for that matter) can make his decision easy with a dominant spring training. 

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