With only a week left in spring training, the Cubs' roster is coming into focus.
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Top prospects like Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora won't be on the Opening Day roster, but that won't keep them out of the limelight as the franchise rebuilding project has come to the forefront since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over a year and a half ago.
While most of the Cubs' best prospects are at least a year or two away, the rest of the league has taken notice, and there is some fear starting to circulate through the other 29 MLB teams.
CSN's David Kaplan talked to a major-league scout in the American League Saturday, who had some nice things to say about the Cubs' rebuild.
Same scout also told me that if Theo/Jed remain committed to their plan "They could build a monster. They have resources + prospects."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 23, 2013
"Will they have the guts to stick to what the right move is and that is to keep stockpiling? Hard in that market. If they do it will work."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 23, 2013
Same scout on Cubs: "What they r doing is what everyone in baseball feared. Develop and have big money. In a winnable division."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 23, 2013
Last nugget from scouting contact: "I know they want a college pitcher at #2 but they could get the best position player if Appel goes #1.— David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 23, 2013
If that doesn't give Cubs fans hope, I don't know what would.