Author’s note: Please enjoy this link to an article posted on Prospects1500 regarding multitude of Cubs middle infield prospects. It is a fun look at the possibility on how these players can be utilized, should they all remain with the franchise and develop.
Anyone who has followed the Chicago Cubs, especially during the Epstein/Hoyer era, know of their affinity for shortstops. The thought process is that the shortstop position requires a unique set of physical attributes. If the prospect develops to the point where he no longer can project defensively at shortstop, then he may be able to fit at other positions.
The current Cubs Top 50 prospect list has 11 players listed as middle infielders. Almost all of them are shortstops. Nine of the eleven range in age from 17 to 20 years old.
So, it is completely possible that the bulk of these prospects can be ready for the majors at nearly the same time. It is acknowledged that not all prospects will develop as expected, and some may be used in trades. But, this is a fun look at that outside possibility that they are all there, all develop, and all are ready within a relative short span of each other. Which of these prospects will actually end up at the shortstop position?