MESA, Ariz. The Cubs have made building from within a priority, so it wouldnt be a surprise to see some of these players at Wrigley Field by 2014, if not sooner.
But for now, two of the more intriguing prospects in the system infielder Junior Lake and outfielder Matt Szczur are heading to Double-A Tennessee.
The Cubs also optioned infielder Josh Vitters, and pitchers Jeff Beliveau, John Gaub and Alberto Cabrera to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, reducing their spring roster to 48 players.
Catcher Jason Jaramillo a non-roster invitee who has been limited by a quad injury was assigned to minor-league camp.
Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.
There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.
The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.
Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.
After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."
Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.