The Cubs are looking at a possible surplus at the hot corner.
Earlier in the day, I had heard back from a scout that I checked in with in regards to Mike Olt.
From the reports I received, Olt looks more and more like the former top prospect he once was considered. In fact, this scout was pretty confident that Olt should be able to force the Cubs to bring him north as the third baseman if things continue in a similar fashion.
Later, I also heard from an Arizona source that other clubs are noticing yet another Cubs prospect at the same position. One Director of Pro Scouting says he would ask for Christian Villanueva.
“He’s not talked about enough”, says the source.
Villanueva is seen as a potential gold glove candidate. He doesn’t possess the power that most of the Cubs elite prospects flash. Still, he is seen as a potential .300 hitter with line drive power.
Hold on folks that's not at all.
If you call now, you can also receive reports that say Kris Bryant looks more than capable of handling third himself. Bryant apparently is showing some pretty good instincts defensively.
Bryant is still viewed by some as a future corner outfielder. Yesterday, however, Theo Epstein told WSCR’s Matt Spiegel he won’t rush to move a player like Bryant off a position before it is deemed completely necessary, regardless of a player like Olt stepping up.
If Olt does indeed step up, the organization is going to have an embarrassment of riches at third. A position that historically hasn't been easy to fill for the Cubs.
As for the former third baseman of the future Josh Vitters, the reports aren’t quite as glowing. One scout went as far as questioning Vitters baseball IQ (putting it nicely) after getting picked off and dropping a routine pop up.
You cannot win them all.
However, it is becoming apparent the Cubs are well on their way of winning the Ryan Dempster trade (receiving Villanueva) with Texas.
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