By Nick Schaeflein @ptchr2424 on March 16, 2014
This spring, the focal point for the Chicago Cubs has been the future. The highlight of that future is the farm system that has been assembled. The talent in camp is much deeper than just the "core four." While the arrival dates of the next generation is still uncertain, one thing that is certain is these guys could all win a longest-distance home run hitting contest. Here are the Cubs' top five prospects of Spring Training 2014.
When the time arrives, Kris Bryant will be a star at the big-league level. However, in his first spring camp, the hitting machine has struggled a bit. He currently only has two hits this spring, but they have both traveled a long, long way.
All of the prospect headlines for the Cubs have been dominated by hitters and rightfully so. The talent pool is not quite as deep on the pitching side just yet for Chicago. One youngster who is having a nice spring, though, is Kyle Hendricks. He has tossed eight innings only allowing three runs, and has struck out 10.
Mike Olt is starting to emerge as the favorite for the third-base job. The more at-bats he gets, the more his potential is starting to show through. Olt has smacked three home runs already this spring, and appears to be fully recovered from corrective eye surgery.
He has not had the dominating headlines like his teammates, but Albert Almora is having a terrific camp. He is making solid contact to all parts of the field to the tune of a batting average of over .500. Almora is also contributing solid defensive play as well. He is a quiet leader who has five-tool potential for the Cubs.
Javier Baez is the man getting much of the attention at Cubs camp. He is Chicago's top-rated prospect and has absolutely crushed three home runs thus far. He will also be getting playing time very soon at second and third base in camp which can only mean good things are ahead for the Cubs. Baez has one of the fastest swings in the game and will be at the big-league level around September this year.
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