20013 first round draft pick Kris Bryant tore up A-ball. He was promoted to AA and tore that up too. He is now in AAA and proceeding to tear the cover off the ball. Anthony Rizzo is back in form and looking like an All-Star candidate. Starlin Castro is also recovering nicely from the worst year in his pro career. I’m starting to see a little light at the end of the tunnel that is the Cubs rebuilding plan. Am I jumping the gun a little? Maybe. But walk with me.
You still have 2014 Kyle Schwarber who is doing well at Class A ball and Javy Baez, who is fighting through some injuries. Let’s just check out a projected lineup here:
- CF- Bonifacio
- 2B- Baez
- 1B- Rizzo
- 3B- Bryant
- SS- Castro
- C- Schwarber
- LF- Lake
- RF- Olt
That’s a pretty impressive lineup, just based on what they are either doing in the majors or what they are doing in the minors. Right now, Lake, Olt and Bonifacio are “penciled” in as the starters in the outfield, this may or may not be the case over the next two years. Olt shows a lot of pop and Lake has power and speed. Both need to bring up their average a lot and show more consistency. The prospect of Rizzo, Castro, Bryant and Schwarber seems like a very solid “big four” right now. It will be interesting to see how it plays out over the next two years.
Of course, now all they need to do is get some pitching, right? So far I think the Cubs have done a solid job of bringing in journeymen to fill out the major league roster. It will be interesting and fairly exciting to see what they do when they really want to win.