Top 10 young players important to the Chicago Cubs future

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9. RHP Cade Horton

The first overall pick in 2022, Cade Horton has shot his way up the Cubs' system in less than a year. He is already considered the No. 2 rookie in the system and 66th in all of baseball. After skipping over rookie ball, Horton shined for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and already earned a promotion to the A+ South Bend Cubs. In his 3 starts for South Bend, the 21-year-old Horton has tossed 10.2 innings with an 8.44 ERA. He'll have to make some major adjustments before his next promotion but fortunately, he is still racking up the strikeouts with 36 on the year. He is projected to be a big league starter so hopefully he can reach the Triple-A level in either 2024 or 2025.