When Baseball America released its midseason top 50 rankings, three Cubs prospects — Kris Bryant (2nd), Addison Russell (5th), Javier Baez (7th) — cracked the top-10. Weeks later, all three of them blasted home runs in the minors on the same day.
The hype on the North Side is clearly about "the kids," and general manager Jed Hoyer says that's a "good and bad" thing.
"I'm excited that our guys are getting closer to the big leagues," Hoyer said on the Kap & Haugh show. "... it's fun to have really good lineups in the upper levels cause I think when the guys get to the upper level, you're kind of finishing off their development. When they're in the low levels, they're exciting and fun to watch, but you realize they're pretty far away."
While it's difficult for Cubs fans to not express their excitement watching top prospects like Bryant succeed in the minors, Hoyer admits the Cubs must be cautious.
"I do think we have to make sure that we don't get distracted," he said. "The focus has to be on the big league team and developing here, but I do love the fact that fans are excited about that."
You can check out Hoyer's full comments in the video above.