Can any Cubs prospect match what Jose Abreu has done?

Can any Cubs prospect match what Jose Abreu has done?
May 16, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Jose Abreu has had quite the start to his MLB career, and the 27-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. Through 43 career games the Cuban slugger has belted a league-leading 15 home runs to go with 41 RBIs, a .266 batting average and has the injury-plagued White Sox staying afloat near .500.

So while Abreu lights up the South Side with 400-foot home runs and clutch at-bats late in games, it begs the question on the North Side: Will any of the Cubs' young up-and-comers ever top what Abreu has done?

Of course there's a chance Abreu is just a flash in the pan, but with each passing game it appears more likely that he's the real deal. And at 27 years old, he's entering the prime of his career, whereas the Cubs' top prospects -- Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora -- still have a ways to go before they peak. Still, it got the SportsTalk Live crew talking about who has a chance to top Abreu's potential career path.

But, as Gordon Wittenmyer pointed out, as well as the Cubs' prospects have played at the minor league level, nothing's guaranteed in the bigs.

"There's no way to know," he said. "Kris Bryant looks terrific, for who he is and at this stage of his career; he's got less than a year of professional ball under his belt. He's lighting it up at Double-A right now. Javier Baez lit it up at Double-A last year...Javier Baez isn't even hitting (.15) in Triple-A right now."

Yahoo! Sports Radio's Jason Goch said Abreu will have the best career, noting the current run of solid Cuban players in the MLB.

"A lot of the Cuban players who have come up have had pretty good runs," he said. "They have done a good job quickly and it's been sustainable, so I'll guess Abreu."

See what else the panel had to say in the video above.