Chicago Cubs Prospect Update: June 2014

Chicago Cubs Prospect Update: June 2014

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With the addition of Kyle Schwarber via the draft, the Cubs' Core Four have become the Fab Five. They are all experiencing different levels of success at various levels of the minor leagues right now. In order to assess how each of their 2014 seasons are going, here's a look at how each have handled themselves so far this year.

5. OF Albert Almora

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5. OF Albert Almora

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.244 BA
2 HR
30 RBI

While his numbers aren't very impressive, the good sign for Almora this season is that he's staying healthy. He's already played in more games this season than he did last year, and that will go a long way in his development if he can stay healthy the rest of the way.

4. OF Jorge Soler

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4. OF Jorge Soler

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.333 BA
0 HR
7 RBI

Where Almora has finally stayed healthy this season, Soler has continued his string of injuries that have stunted his development. He's played in just seven games this season and if he can't start staying healthy, he could turn into a major bust.

3. C/OF Kyle Schwarber

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3. C/OF Kyle Schwarber

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.565 BA
4 HR
11 RBI

In just six games in the minor leagues, the Cubs' first-round draft pick has already played well enough to earn a promotion to low-A Kane County. He's shown off his raw power and could be on a similar fast track as that of top prospect Kris Bryant.

2. SS Javier Baez

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2. SS Javier Baez

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.217 BA
11 HR
38 RBI

Baez started off this season extremely slowly, but has started to pick it back up lately. His power numbers are still very impressive and as long as he can work his average up, a call-up to Chicago this season isn't out of the question.

1. 3B Kris Bryant

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1. 3B Kris Bryant

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.353 BA
23 HR
60 RBI

Bryant has been the most impressive hitter in all of minor league baseball this season. He's on pace for over 50 home runs and 120 RBIs, which will put him well on his way to being the Opening Day third baseman for the Cubs in 2015.

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