Hoyer, Cubs focusing on the 'now' as camp winds down

Hoyer, Cubs focusing on the 'now' as camp winds down
March 27, 2014, 11:45 pm
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Tony Andracki

So much of the focus has been on Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and the prospects at Cubs Park this spring.

While that's all well and good, the future is now for the Cubs front office. General manager Jed Hoyer wants to quit worrying about what will happen down the road and instead steer the focus back to the projected Opening Day 25-man roster.

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"The talent in camp is so much better than we've had in the past, whether it's major-league talent or minor-league talent," Hoyer told CSN's David Kaplan in a 1-on-1 interview from Arizona. "We're getting there. We're getting the depth. We're getting the right players in place.

But it is hard when you send some of those players out who you know are probably a big part of your future."

Javier Baez was one of those tough decisions, as the Cubs sent him down to Triple-A Iowa last weekend. Hoyer said Baez did exactly what they expected him to do — dominate and make it hard to cut him from big-league camp.

Baez is one of the main reasons for hope in the organization in the near future and while the Cubs may not have much in the way of high-end pitching, they are cornering the market on power hitters.

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Beyond Baez and Kris Bryant, Hoyer mentioned the power from Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, Mike Olt and even Albert Almora and Starlin Castro, whom he believes can surprise people with their home run total.

"We have some younger guys that have power and that's what you want," Hoyer told Kaplan. "You want teams to be intimidated when they come into your ballpark to play against your team, knowing that one bad pitch could be a two- or three-run homer.

"I think that's coming. We have to work on our on-base skills and we have to keep building our pitching depth, but I do feel good about our power going forward."