Every MLB team has exciting prospects, but the Cubs sure have tons of potential in their farm system. Let’s explore it some.
This includes all the MiLB levels from Low A (the Myrtle Beach Pelicans) to Triple-A (the Iowa Cubs). As an opening thought, the Cubs’ system is often overlooked in the amount of talent (especially unique talent) that is in it. After the 2016 prospects like Bryant and Baez, and those like Happ that came later, the Cubs’ system kind of dwindled. And it was certainly one of the top goals of Hoyer this past season to help build it back up, which I think they’ve been pretty successful in.
The prospects that the Cubs netted in with trades before the deadline included Kevin Alcantara, Caleb Kilian, and Pete Crow-Armstrong, among others. They drafted Jordan Wicks and James Triantos in their first two picks in the draft, both of which have shown out-of-this-world potential. And those young players like Ed Howard and those they acquired in the Yu Darvish trade have seen some great playing time and are seeing some good success.
The first thought I want to mention is that players that are ready to move up in the near future (2022-2023) are players that will impact the team in a BIG way.
I’ll list a few players that fit this description:
- Brennen Davis. Obviously, he’s a highly talented outfielder that certainly has the ability to impact the Cubs. Hitting homers and elite fielding are just a couple of his great abilities.
- Brailyn Marquez. Even though with his injury setback and a pretty likelihood that he won’t be a starter anymore, his high 90s topping out at 100s fastball and dominant pitching will be ready to impact the Cubs’ bullpen.
- Caleb Kilian. He might even debut in 2022, but I think he’ll be able to contribute to the Cubs’ rotation as soon as 2023. I really like his pitching style, and I think it’ll carry over well to a MLB level.
- Christopher Morel. He’s a talented third baseman that was overlooked a little bit in 2021 but saw some great steps forward. Another Kris Bryant? It’ll remain to be seen!
Greg Huss posted this question awhile back:
Responses so far: Nwogu, Aliendo, Velazquez, Herz, Vazquez, Pinango, Espinoza, Chavers, Opitz, Kobos, Franklin, Franklin, Roederer, Scalzo, Spence, Burgmann, Santana, Thompson, Ramirez, Strumpf, Palencia, Gallardo, Z Davis, Beesley, Olivo, Watkins, Devers, Arias https://t.co/O2aCv7lfSW
— Greg Huss (@OutOfTheVines) January 19, 2022
Right there shows the depth of the Cubs’ system, with all the potential “sleeper” candidates. That really helps because 1) there ARE prospects that just breakout out of nowhere and 2) having depth helps in trades and wide selection to evaluate.
Anyway, that makes me pretty excited for the Cubs’ future!