Javier Baez may round the bases quite a bit in his MLB career, or we could see him fail as an elite prospect. Photo courtesy of Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

What if Chicago Cubs' Core Four Don't Pan Out?


The Chicago Cubs have what is considered the second best minor league system in the MLB, behind only the Minnesota Twins. With players like Kris Bryant and Javier Baez waiting to make their marks as future stars, the future is so bright for the Cubs that fans are excited, despite their poor play right now. But what will happen to the Cubs if these players that are expected to become stars fall flat on their faces and end up being big nobodies?

While I hate to be pessimistic, great prospects don’t always become superstars. Just look back at some Cubs prospects of the past, including Angel Guzman and Hee-Seop Choi. Not every top Cubs prospect ends up as the team’s savior. So it’s not impossible to think that at least two or three of these “core four” prospects won’t live up to potential.

While I do believe that the Cubs’ regime won’t allow these players to slack off, and that they are making the right decision by letting them stay in the minor leagues longer than most fans want, it’s still not 100% certain that the “core four” will be anything special. While it could end up being a huge stroke of luck that four of the best talents in baseball get an opportunity to grow together and become a unit, there’s also a possibility that all of the players fail to live up to their potential. Just don’t expect a Yankee dynasty, a la Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera just yet.

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  • cubsfanforever2014

    Good point David! That is why the Cubs keep stock piling all these guys..Knowing that some may not work our or some could be used as trade bait. Guzman and guys like that didn’t work out because that was the Hendry era, which we soon found out, that his prospects (Jackson, Vitters) weren’t really all that good. The Cubs front office and scouting directors are much better now so I am not as worried!

    • http://sarcasticsportsnetwork.com David Ridderhoff

      And I’m not worried at all, I think, in my heart of course, that at least three of the four guys will be good/great players, but most fans are just sitting here thinking, “2018 is our year because they’re all going to be stars.” We should have much more faith in Theo than Hendry!

  • Gioscianna

    I’m a faithful cubs fan and I have been thinking of this possibility as well. But I don’t think they’ll all be busts I believe that one (either Bryant or Baez) will be our star and one of the remaining three will be a solid player for us. While I would love all four to be studs, a future with one star and one solid player is more likely to happen, out of these four of course.