Projecting Which Chicago Cubs Prospects Will Be Traded And Who Will Stick Around

Chicago Cubs Prospects: Who Will Stay And Who Will Go

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The Cubs have some very tough decisions to make in the next year. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer need to evaluate their current plethora of hitting talent and decide who to keep in their plans and who to deal for pitching talent. It's clear they need to deal at least a few prospects for top-end pitching soon, so here's a look at which prospects they'll keep and which prospects they'll flip for top-of-the-rotation starters.

10. OF Albert Almora - Stay

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10. OF Albert Almora - Stay

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As the team's 2012 first-round pick, the Cubs clearly believe in Almora's promise. He's not going anywhere, because he has the makings of a future leader on the team as well as the fact he could be the team's leadoff man and starting center fielder. He's part of the core of prospects the team has put together, so he's highly unlikely to make his major league debut for another team.

9. OF Billy McKinney - Go

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9. OF Billy McKinney - Go

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McKinney was acquired in the Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel trade and is a promising young power hitter. However, he seems like he might be one of the odd men out in a loaded outfield. Since he's showing such promise at a young age, the Cubs would be wise to deal him before he could potentially show he's not cut out to be a star.

8. OF Jorge Soler - Stay

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8. OF Jorge Soler - Stay

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Simply because of how much money the Cubs are paying their young Cuban prospect, they're not going to deal him. On top of that, he's finally healthy and starting to hit his stride, so he could be on his way to the big leagues relatively soon. Obviously the Cubs saw a lot of promise in Soler when they signed him to a big international contract, so he will be a Cub long term.

7. C/OF Kyle Schwarber - Go

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7. C/OF Kyle Schwarber - Go

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This season's first-round pick, Schwarber is tearing apart minor league pitching so far. He seems on the Bryant fast track to the major leagues, so if they think they can't find a spot for him on the major league roster right away, the Cubs could use him as a key trade piece in a deal for an ace. It's also possible he could be the team's catcher in the future, but to land an ace, the team will have to deal some players who may be stars.

6. 3B Kris Bryant - Stay

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6. 3B Kris Bryant - Stay

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Bryant appears destined to be a star in the major leagues. Starting next season, Bryant really could be an MVP candidate for years to come. The Cubs realize that and there's no chance they would deal him for anything.

5. 1B Dan Vogelbach - Go

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5. 1B Dan Vogelbach - Go

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Vogelbach seems like the Cubs' greatest trade chip of all, because he's young, developing and plays a position the Cubs already have filled. He seems like a perfect DH eventually, so trading him to an AL team could potentially land them an ace if they package him with another prospect or two.

4. SS Javier Baez - Stay

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4. SS Javier Baez - Stay

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His recent move to 2B signifies that Baez could be on his way to Chicago within the next couple weeks. That being said, the team isn't going to deal their power hitting prospect. With three prospects having the potential to start in 2015, the team isn't going to trade Baez right as he's reaching major league readiness.

3. 3B Jeimer Candelario - Go

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3. 3B Jeimer Candelario - Go

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Candelario gets lost in the talk of all the other top hitting prospects in the Cubs' organization, but he's a really interesting trade piece. Since 3B is a hard position to lock down long term, there may be a team willing to trade an ace for Candelario grouped with other prospects.

2. 2B Arismendy Alcantara - Stay

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2. 2B Arismendy Alcantara - Stay

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The only top prospect to make his Cubs debut so far, Alcantara has already thoroughly impressed the Cubs' front office. He's versatile as he can play 2B or most outfield positions and could actually patrol CF for the rest of the season depending on who the club trades at the deadline. He seems like a utility man of the future at the very least and an everyday starter is a possibility as well, so he's not going anywhere.

1. SS Addison Russell - Stay

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1. SS Addison Russell - Stay

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The centerpiece of the Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel trade, Russell is the future shortstop for the Cubs. No matter where that moves the rest of their top prospects as well as Starlin Castro, he's going to be in their lineup. If they didn't expect him to be a star in the league, the Cubs wouldn't have sent their two best pitchers in return for Russell and others.

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