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Cubs Prospects Show Glimpse Into Future

There is plenty for fans of the Chicago Cubs to be excited for this season and beyond.  For a team that has not won a World Series since Theodore Roosevelt was president, there is certainly a buzz going around the city and the baseball community.  Things were looking up when they hired Theo Epstein as General Manager at the end of the 2011 season, adding to that they now have Joe Maddon as manager, arguably one of the best farm systems full of Cubs prospects in the league, and an ace to anchor their staff in Jon Lester.

As if there was a need to grow more excitement, Tuesday three of the Cubs prized prospects decided to perhaps give a glimpse into the future, and hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in their game against the Cleveland Indians, which they would ultimately lose 10-6.

Jorge Soler, who signed as an amateur free agent in 2012, started things off in the fourth inning hitting his first home run of the spring off the Indians Trevor Bauer.  It was certainly a no-doubter to left field that put the Cubs on the board.  Soler made his major league debut in August, and played in 24 games with the Cubs hitting .292 with five home runs.

Not wanting to be outdone by Soler, Javier Baez who was ranked as high as fourth on the Baseball America’s Prospect list, took a 1-1 offering from Bauer and sent it flying over the left field wall farther than Soler hit his.  The ball flew off his bat and went sailing.  You can tell it is a no-doubter when the outfielder doesn’t move and just admires the balls flight.  Baez made his major league debut just a couple of weeks before Soler did last season.  He appeared in 52 games for the Cubs and hit .169 but had nine home runs.

If Soler’s and Baez’s home runs weren’t enough, baseball’s top prospect Kris Bryant wanted in on the fun.  Unfortunately it was at the expense of Trevor Bauer yet again.

“I wanted to get a good pitch to hit and hit it” Bryant said in an interview with MLB.com “That’s really all I can do in that situation.  It was kind of cool seeing their homers and mine kind of scraped over the wall, but it gets the job done” he added.

Bryant is not only the Cubs top prospect, he is all of baseballs.  Many want and hope that he makes the jump this season and breaks camp with the Cubs.  Last season in Triple-A Iowa, Bryant hit .295 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI in just 70 games.  The Cubs have Tommy LaStella penciled in at third potentially, so it is uncertain what will become of KB when the season starts.  It is definitely something you want to keep your eye on.

“You’ve got to let hitters have some fun in Spring Training, too, right?” Trevor Bauer said “I actually thought the fourth inning was probably my best inning as far as what i’m working on” he added.  MLB.com states that Soler hit his homer on two-seamer that was sinking in, Baez hit his on a cutter, and Bryant hit his on a four-seam fastball.


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