The accolades keep pouring in for the Cubs system lately.
Whether it is their prospects littering MLB.com's top 100, rankings from the likes of Jim Callis, Jason Parks, or Keith Law, it's high praise these days for the young Cubs.
The bad news is most talent experts agree the Cubs come up short in the arms department. Outside of CJ Edwards, it's mostly the bats that experts rave about.
The good news is the Cubs are possibly cornering the market on young power bats. That could allow the front office to fix that pitching issue.
Parks mentioned earlier this year he suspects Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are consciously stockpiling power bats in their system, like many teams usually try to do with pitching. Market inefficiency anyone?
Bats like Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Dan Vogelbach, Mike Olt, and Albert Almora could all be pushing their way up by 2015. No matter how the Cubs view these bats in their long range plan, they could ultimately allow Hoyer some flexibility to obtain pitching.
Parks has mentioned if there is a shortage around the game, it’s power even more so than pitching. The Cubs could be dealing from a surplus soon, it would seem.
This might especially be the case if Olt returns to his top prospect status with a strong spring. That scenario may later trigger a move of Bryant to the outfield, and allow the flexibility of dealing a prospect like say Soler for arms.
That was a possibility that Callis agreed with while visiting "The David Kaplan Show" on Tuesday night. Callis reasoned Soler is the fourth best player out of the memorable quartet.
"When you're talking Baez, Bryant, Almora, Soler, I can't remember ever having four hitters in a system like that at the same time", said Callis.
Callis expects the Cubs to be contenders by 2016.
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