I can finally say I’ve seen the Cubs future, and it is good.
It almost seems as if we have been hearing about Javy Baez and Jorge Soler for years now. The reality is they are only in their first big league camp. A couple months ago we saw the future Cubs jokingly decked out in their Hall Of Fame busts.
Make no joke about it: most Cubs fans see it turning out this way. Expectations are always running high for Cubs prospects, as fans cling to hope. This group tantalizingly seems to have a little bit more credibility to go with it.
Today I got to catch my first glimpse of Baez and Soler on my TV. I had of course seen footage and such, but there they were, the real things in HD no less.
They have been built up enough around Cub-land that I had to remind myself I was watching 20ish prospects and not legends from the future.
Their talent is unmistakable to even the untrained eye. Baez stood out more today for his accomplishments (2 HR), but Soler is a toolish sight to be seen himself.
I couldn’t help but have names like Vlad Guerrero, Andre Dawson, and Darryl Strawberry rushing through my mind.
Baez has that lightening-quick bat that many already have compared to Gary Sheffield, a comparison even Theo Epstein remarked on today during his visit to the broadcast booth. Epstein points out that Baez has a ways to go in the batting eye department when it comes to Sheffield, however.
I know it’s a tiny sample size, but it will also be very hard to convince me he isn’t a better shortstop than Starlin Castro.
It’s good timing too because one of the thoroughbreds came up lame this week, as Albert Almora suffered a hand injury that cut his spring short.
Today I will take away that glimpse to get me through the rough periods this season. Now that I think about it, maybe it wasn’t at all random this game was chosen to be televised in a split squad situation.
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