The challenge: Construct the Cubs 2015 roster using only players currently in their system. (Let’s do hitters only in this post, and pitchers in a later post to keep things straight.) For simplicity’s sake, assume optimum health for all players and don’t worry about salary considerations. Feel free to use 2011 draftees, assuming they will sign, if you wish. Basically, what home-built roster would give the Cubs the highest chance of winning the World Series?
Here’s my attempt:
C: G Soto
1B: D Vogelbach (he may be fat, but love the plate discipline & power)
2B: J Baez (assuming he signs and slides over from SS)
3B: J Candelario (17 yr old tearing up the Dominican summer league with sick plate discipline)
SS: S Castro
LF: B Jackson
CF: M Szczur
RF: R Golden (has a long development path ahead, but excellent potential)
Backup C: W Castillo (honorable mention: S Clevenger, M Gibbs)
Reserve IF: D Barney, J Vitters, R Flaherty (honorable mention: DJ LeMahieu, J Bour)
Reserve OF: T Colvin, J-H Ha
What's your take? Have at it!