5 Chicago Cubs prospects that took a major step forward in 2023

Taking a look into the Chicago Cubs farm system and determining five prospects that took a major step forward in the 2023 season.
Oct 26, 2022; Surprise, Arizona, USA; Chicago Cubs outfielder Owen Caissie plays for the Mesa Solar
Oct 26, 2022; Surprise, Arizona, USA; Chicago Cubs outfielder Owen Caissie plays for the Mesa Solar / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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5 Cubs prospects that took a step forward - 3. Luke Little

What a wild ride for the big southpaw Luke Little this season. After starting the year in High-A South Bend, Little ascended the ranks all the way up to the majors, where he recorded a perfect 0.00 ERA in his 6.2 frames in MLB. He helped fill a huge hole at the major league level when the Cubs needed a lefty in the bullpen down the stretch, and he earned every chance he got as he recorded a stellar 2.12 ERA in 63.2 IP between three levels of the minors before being called up to the show.

Moving forward, The Cubs will look to both the free agent and trade markets to make a strong push for the 2024 season. Given that the team will be looking to fill out their payroll, having effecting arms that are also extremely cost-effective, like Little, makes him a no-brainer for the front office to keep him at the major league level unless he has a disastrous Spring Training. With his talent, I can see him being a strong member of the back end of the bullpen next year.