By Jacob Kornhauser on June 8, 2014
The Cubs went a number of directions in this year's draft, but their top five picks all figure to be moving through the farm system shortly. Those from college will likely progress quicker than those from high school, but whatever the case may be, here is when each pick will likely be in the big leagues.
ETA: Opening Day 2017
Schwarber was the most refined bat in this year's draft just like Kris Bryant was the most refined bat in last year's draft. The left-handed slugger out of Indiana isn't as polished as Bryant so he won't move as quickly through the minor leagues, but he still should only need a couple of years before he's ready to play at Wrigley.
ETA: Mid-Season 2017
Stinnett is an underrated arm, but did get roughed up a bit against Virginia the other day. He's a college arm, which means he will take less time to reach the big leagues in all likelihood, but he still will need about three years or more before he's ready.
ETA: Opening Day 2018
Taking Zagunis made it clear the team isn't completely sold on Welington Castillo behind the plate and wanted other options in case he doesn't pan out. Schwarber may move to outfield and that could open up the catcher spot for Zagunis. He's shown he has plenty of tools in college, but will still take a while to reach the pros.
ETA: Opening Day 2019
It's a long way away, but Sands will take some seasoning in the minors. He has some great upside as a south paw, but high school pitchers who aren't elite generally take quite a few years to become major league ready. That should still be the case for Sands.
ETA: Opening Day 2019
Just like Sands, Steele is going to need a lot of grooming in the minor leagues. That should be a progressive process in which he spends time in every level of the farm system. After he's proven he can dominate every level, he should be ready to join the big league team.
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