The season has been over for a few weeks now, but for Chicago Cubs fans the future of the franchise is still lacing it up and playing meaningful games. Recently, the Cubs had three young stars participate in the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game in third baseman Kris Bryant, and outfielders Jorge Soler and Albert Almora.
Under the new front office staff, the Cubs have been drafting, signing, and developing talent for the farm system. That system has since become a top five farm system in all of baseball. Some of that talent is on display out in Arizona currently. It is the reason why there is optimism in Chicago.
Specifically for Kris Bryant, in AFL league play Bryant is hotter than the Arizona sun and at or near the top of several offensive categories. At the time of the All-Star Game, his batting average was over .400 with an outstanding 1.373 OPS. Bryant’s four home runs, 14 RBI, six doubles, 38 total bases, and 14 runs all were best in the AFL.
Out of San Diego University, Bryant was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 First Year Player Draft. With a decorated collegiate career and a key need at third base, Bryant has been as advertised in his first year within the Cubs’ organization soaring up the ranks. When he was signed it was the largest signing bonus in the 2013 draft and the biggest in the two years under the new draft rules. This year he was named the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year. Could the Cubs have the next Evan Longoria in their system?
Bryant, Soler, and Almora are just a few of the pieces that the organization refers to as rebuilding the plan from within for the future. The Cubs hope that the future is coming very soon with current production like this coming from the young talent. The faithful at Clark and Addison hope the youngsters continue to shine when the sun is out at Wrigley.