With Spring training coming in a little over a month, it's time to start looking ahead to the 2024 season and what certain Chicago Cubs can bring to the table individually. The team has at least five rookies who can excel, perhaps even more, and they will be looking to make an immediate impact next season. Without further ado, here are those five Cubs rookies who could win Rookie of the Year in 2024.
5 Cubs candidates for RoY in ‘24 - 5. Alexander Canario
Alexander Canario is first, as we already saw the potential he flashed last season when his breakout game consisted of a booming RBI double and a grand slam. Mindlessly, he was benched after that, and that was pretty much all we remember. Before his injury, Canario's bat looked like it could play at any level, as he hit 37 HRs while driving in 97 RBIs across three minor league levels in 2022. Now, having worked his way back, sitting him on the bench was as counter-productive as possible for him to get back into the swing of things.
Still, Canario's plus speed, power, and arm are all traits that play in the majors. If he is traded, I fear he will be one of the players we look back at, wishing we hadn't moved on. For 2024, his path to playing time is already somewhat obscured, given that if Pete Crow-Armstrong has a good Spring, he's a lock for a roster spot before Canario. The front office would have to decide on letting Crow-Armstrong develop more in the minors while keeping Canario on the roster for him to receive viable playing time. If he does, it won't surprise me when he breaks out.