Top 10 young players important to the Chicago Cubs future

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The Chicago Cubs are on the cusp of fielding a playoff team despite their below .500 record. With the farm system starting to churn out talent and high-value players getting closer to the MLB level, there is a lot to look forward to in the coming years. Here are 10 players 25 years or younger to look forward to that will be vital to the Cubs' future.

1. 1B Matt Mervis

Affectionately known as Mash, the 25-year-old Matt Mervis made his MLB debut in early May and earned everyday playing time from the get-go. Despite having veteran first-basemen Trey Mancini and Eric Hosmer on the team, an offensive shakeup was needed and the Cubs needed to start figuring out if Mervis can handle MLB pitching. Thankfully Hosmer was designated for assignment soon after to make the path even clearer and Mervis has been playing most days ever since.

A relative unknown at this time last year, Mervis was signed as an undrafted free agent and stormed his way onto the scene when he started mashing home runs last season. He put up one of the best offensive seasons among all prospects last year with 36 home runs, 119 RBIs, and a .984 OPS. Since the Cubs have been struggling to find a long-term first baseman since the Anthony Rizzo trade, Mervis could be the guy to fill that hole for years to come. His defense has been above average and although his power hasn't shown up at the big league level, there is still time for him to refine his skills while he sees everyday playing time.