The Chicago Cubs front office knows that to be consistently competitive, they need a steady stream of talent coming to the majors. Well, they may not have the pitching depth yet, but they have set themselves with arguably the best farm system in the league.
The first wave of prospects may just be the biggest, as some guys could possibly be getting big league time here in 2014. The promotion of Arismendy Alcantara, although just temporary, could be the tip of the iceberg.
Not far behind Alcantara are some guys you may have heard of (cough, cough): Javier Baez and Kris Bryant. It seems that even with just a decent Spring, Alcantara will start with the big club right away in 2015, Bryant may have to force his way onto the team and Baez may need a couple more months of AAA ball before he is ready to face Major League pitching.
The fact that there is a very good possibility that all three of these guys could be in the same lineup on the Cubs roster gives all of us something to look forward to. And that doesn't take into account other players on the Iowa Cubs that are part of this wave: Arodys Vizcaino, Armando Rivero, Kyle Hendricks, Dallas Beeler, Dan Straily, Eric Jokish and Matt Szczur.
Hendricks and Beeler are getting their chance to prove they can be part of the future now, but all the players mentioned have a chance to help this team in this year or the next. That is some serious impact talent in that group.
The addition of Addison Russell certainly helps this group. With him and Soler currently hitting in the middle of the Smokies lineup, and sure to be ticketed for the Iowa Cubs next season, the second wave of talent is also very impact-prospect rich. This will include the likes of Corey Black, Pierce Johnson and CJ Edwards. Edwards and Johnson are pitchers that headline the arms in the system so it is important that they stay healthy to keep on the timeline.
Stephen Bruno and Christian Villanueva are firmly in this discussion as well. Bruno is a small, versatile guy who has hit at each stop in his minor league career. Villanueva regressed a bit, but if Bryant was not in the system he would still be with the I-Cubs. All this guy does his hammer doubles.
The Daytona Cubs are a year removed from an FSL championship and are led this year by Albert Almora (who I might add is hitting the cover off the ball right now) and Dan Vogelbach. New additions Billy Mckinney, Gioskar Amaya, Rob Zastryzny and Marco Hernandez should also be included. These guys still have a lot of development left but the Cubs have a lot of nice pieces, even deep in their minor league system.
There is little chance that this is exactly how everything will plan out, but it gives us a general idea that these prospects are coming, so brace yourself. I wont put the next wave into the discussion because it’s hard to know how much the front office will push these younger guys. You have to assume Kyle Schwarber will speed through the system as an advanced college bat, but with guys like Jen-Ho Tseng and Paul Blackburn the Cubs, I am sure, will be extra cautious.
The first wave can make the 2015 Chicago Cubs really exciting and there will be so many story lines coming into Spring Training. But the waves after that are nothing to turn your back on because each new group has some serious potential to help this club in the future.
The Chicago Cubs prospects are ready to explode onto the scene and it starts next year. Watch out, MLB.
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