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Chicago Cubs Spring Training: 5 Players Who Are Sure To Shine

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Five Cubs Players Who Are Sure To Shine In Spring Training

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Chicago Cubs fans are focused what’s happening on the upper level of the minors as the MLB team is clearly not exciting as the prospects that are close to arriving to the majors.

With most of the players taking a step back last year and little to no additions to the MLB club, it’s understandable that the fans aren't very excited. However, the reality is that there are several players that will make things quite interesting.

The Cubs have a number of high-ceiling prospects who could turn things around for the franchise in the near future and with that in mind, Spring Training can quickly become a spectacle worth watching as it will be a chance for these players to get an extended look with the big league team.

But that’s not the only exciting thing that will happen at the Cubs’ camp once Spring Training rolls in. There are several positional battles that still need to be solved, some players also need to bounce back, and it’ll be quite interesting to see what newly-hired manager Rick Renteria will do since he has almost no flexibility to round up the 25-man roster that will start on Opening Day.

Having said all that, it’s clear that some players will be fighting for their roster spot while others will try to showcase their skills for a future promotion. There are plenty of things to look forward to, and these are five players that will shine in Spring Training with the Cubbies.

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5. Jake Arrieta

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The former Baltimore Orioles’ starter is ready to take a permanent spot in the Cubs’ rotation, and he appears to be ready to have a strong Spring Training. His stuff has always been electric and he could be in line for a spectacular showdown if his stuff and command can be on the same page.

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4. Jorge Soler

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The Cuban outfielder has had several troubles off-the-field trying to adjust to life in the States and has also been injured a lot in the past two years, but he appears to be healthy and ready to take the next step despite a year where he clearly didn’t progressed as expected. He has raw power to all fields, and there’s no doubt he will shine in the Cubs' camp.

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3. Starlin Castro

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The former All-Star is coming off a historically bad season, but he’s in line for a big-time bounce back. He’s already working out and he should be ready to do what he has always done: see the ball and hit it deep. If he can come back strong in ST, he will be one of the most pleasant surprises for the organization.

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2. Javier Baez

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The Cubs’ top prospect and one of the best in all of baseball, and already impressed in last year’s Spring Training. He looks even better after his stellar 2013 campaign, so he will definitively be a name to watch. He’s getting closer to the majors, so don’t be surprised if a strong performance in Spring Training brings his call-up even closer. He might get his first crack at the MLB level at some point his year.

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1. Kris Bryant

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The second overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft had a huge debut as a pro, advancing three levels and winning the MVP in the Arizona Fall League. So, he has already done enough to get his first taste of the majors. He’s been excelling in every level, and his raw power and solid approach will be enough to quickly transform him into one of the the team's Spring Training stars.