Top 10 young players important to the Chicago Cubs future

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8. LHP Jordan Wicks

Soft-throwing southpaw Jordan Wicks was chosen 21st overall by the Cubs in 2021 and he has quickly become one of their most promising minor league arms. Over 8 starts this season, Wicks has thrown 53 innings with a 2.55 ERA and struck out 44. In my mind, he is sort of a mix between Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks, with the former's frame and simplified lefty delivery and the latter's heavy reliance on the changeup. Since he doesn't lean on velocity, Wicks should have longevity in both ballgames and in his career overall making him perfect for a starting pitching role if he can continue his success at the MLB level. With the numbers he's putting up in Tennessee, I would expect a Triple-A promotion any day.