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5 Unknown Chicago Cubs Prospects Who Have Emerged In First Week

5 Unknown Chicago Cubs Prospects Who Have Emerged In First Week

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Every Cubs fan knows about Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora. However, there's more than just those players developing in the Cubs' minor league system. It's only a week into the 2014 season, but unknown prospects at different levels of the minors are already impressing this year.

5. 2B Jeudy Valdez

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5. 2B Jeudy Valdez

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Double-A Tennessee
3-for-8, one double

Valdez has shown off some power early in this season. He's consistently putting the bat on the ball as he did toward the end of last season. The infield at the major league level is going to be crowded, but if he keeps producing, there will be a spot for him.

4. OF Yasiel Balaguer

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4. OF Yasiel Balaguer

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Class-A Kane County
8-for-26, three doubles, four RBIs

While still in the lower levels of the minor leagues, Balaguer has been hitting the ball like another slugger named Yasiel. He's already hit three doubles on the young season and is driving in runs at a high clip. As long as he shows consistency, he could be in line for a promotion at some point.

3. SP Tayler Scott

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3. SP Tayler Scott

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Class-A Daytona
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 IP, 0.43 WHIP

In his first start of the season, Scott was lights out. He didn't give up any runs in seven innings of work and didn't allow too many baserunners either. For an organization desperate for pitching talent, it'd be nice if someone like him could emerge in the future.

2. 2B Gioskar Amaya

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2. 2B Gioskar Amaya

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Class-A Daytona
6-for-12, three runs, stolen base

Amaya is also in the lower levels of the minor leagues, but he's showing that he's a dual-threat in terms of hitting and speed. He can get on base consistently and then steal bases once he's there. In the future, he could fit nicely in the No. 2 spot in the order.

1. SP Tsuyoshi Wada

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1. SP Tsuyoshi Wada

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Triple-A Iowa
1-0, 1.36 ERA, 7 IP, eight strikeouts

Wada was extremely effective in his first start of the season for the Iowa Cubs. He went seven innings while allowing just one run and striking out eight. Clearly, he was missing bats with consistency and since he's one step away from the majors, he could be there this season if there are any injuries.