Chicago Cubs: A year of rebuilding?

By Reid Lester
Chicago Cubs:  A year of rebuilding?
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The Chicago Cubs have the unique opportunity to get their young players some quality Major League time this year. Everyone is predicting the Cubs to have an abysmal year. Why not let the young, unproven talent get some big league plate appearances and time on the field at Wrigley?

The Cubs’ young players need to face big league pitching to advance their skills to the next level. Not only could the Cubs put a lot of young talent on the field, I think the crowds at Wrigley would enjoy the opportunity to get an early look at the generation of players who will hopefully bring their first World Series Championship in over 100 years.

Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney aren’t going anywhere. Christian Villanueva could come up and play third all year long. Three of our top four prospects are outfielders. Albert Almora, Brett Jackson and Jorge Soler would be an exciting outfield to watch as it develops. It would be great to watch these young players progress, but the truly exciting part would be to bring up five young pitchers for the starting rotation.

Pitchers typically need experience or a great catcher to manage the game for them. I think Wellington Castillo has the baseball IQ to direct a young staff. The Cubs should bring up Arodys Vizcaino, Dillon Maples, Pierce Johnson, Robert Whitenack and Alberto Cabrera to use for the starting rotation. None of these pitchers were born before 1988.

This young talent would no doubt have more than its fair share or errors and rookie mistakes, but in exchange for those issues, the Cubs young players could get the experience they need to be successful in the big leagues. The Cubs could guarantee themselves success for the next ten or more years. They could also turn what will no doubt be a lost season into an opportunity to develop for the future.

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