Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cubs Facing Same Prospect Conundrum As Sox

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Listen to Theo Esptein on his bevy of young prospects: "Not all of them will work out, but we like these players quite a bit and they have a chance to play together for a long time." Sound familiar? Maybe it's because it's virtually the same mantra we hear from Ben Cherington. Of course, the Red Sox gambled on their prospects a lot more than the Cubs did in 2014. Next, year, however, Theo may be facing the same temptation to hand over full-time jobs to Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Arismendy Alcantara, Kris Bryant and Kyle Hendricks. They are the doppelgangers of Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Mookie Betts, Christian Vazquez and Garin Cecchini. Will Theo have more luck than Ben? Probably not.