This certainly was a roller coaster of a week for the Chicago Cubs. On Wednesday, not only did the Cubs lose out on there top off-season target–Masahiro Tanaka–but negotiations between the team and the rooftop owners appeared to have fallen through.
But for as down as Cubs fans were on Wednesday, Thursday proved why the future is still very much bright for the Cubs organization.
Thursday is when MLB.com released their ranking of the top 100 prospects in baseball. The Cubs had the second most of any team as 7 of their prospects cracked the top-100 list.
- Shortstop Javier Baez (7)
- Third Baseman Kris Bryant (9)
- Outfielder Albert Almora (20)
- Pitcher C.J. Edwards (42)
- Outfielder Jorge Soler (49)
- Infielder Arismendy Alcantara (89)
- Pitcher Pierce Johnson (100)
So whenever the question comes up of how successful Theo Epstein and the Cubs front office has been, point to this list.
While there is no guarantee when it comes to prospects, the Cubs have assembled a plethora of top prospects and figure to hit on at least a couple of them.
Whenever talking about prospects, the question always comes up about when fans can expect to see some of these players at Wrigley Field. The answer to that question may be as soon as 2014.
Baez is starting the season with the Cubs Triple-A affiliate and Bryant likely will start the season with the Cubs Double-affiliate. The message the front office has consistently sent to the organization’s top prospects is dominate your league. So far, Bryant and Baez have dominated every level within the Cubs organization. If both do the same at the start of the 2014 season, then it is likely that the duo could make it up to the Major League level by September. Some experts even have suggested that Alcantara could make his Major League debut in 2014.
As for Almora, Edwards, and Soler, many experts expect them to be ready at some point during the 2015 season. Edwards was the highlight of the package that the Cubs received from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Matt Garza. To this point, Edwards remains one of the-if not-the only impact pitching prospect that the Cubs have in their system.
Meanwhile. Almora and Soler figure to be fixtures in the Cubs outfield for many years to come.
With Thursday’s unveiling, fans may begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.