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Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
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My first run through the Cubs system gave me 49 players to consider. I have hacked that down to 40 and need to get it down to 36 at most. Again, the dilemma comes down to finding the right balance between low-level guys with upside who are very far away, and role players who are close to the majors. In this case there are the big summer free agent names that people want to read about, but who haven't played yet.

Chicago Cubs 40 players

Arismendy Alcantara 2B
Albert Almora OF
Gioskar Amaya 2B
Javier Baez SS
Yasiel Balaguert OF
Dallas Beeler RHP
Corey Black RHP
Paul Blackburn RHP
Kris Bryant 3B
Alberto Cabrera RHP
Jeimer Candelario 3B
Shawon Dunston JR OF
C.J. Edwards RHP
Kevin Encarnacion OF
Jacob Hannemann OF
Kyle Hendricks RHP
Brett Jackson OF hanging on by a thread
Eloy Jimenez OF
Pierce Johnson RHP
Eric Jokisch LHP
Dillon Maples RHP
Brett Marshall RHP
Jefferson Mejia RHP
Mike Olt 3B
Ivan Pineyro RHP
Neil Ramirez RHP
Armando Rivero RHP
Zac Rosscup LHP bubbly
Rock Shoulders 1B
Jorge Soler OF
Matt Szczur OF
Gleyber Torres SS
Jen-Ho Tseng RHP
Duane Underwood RHP good arm but bubbly
Christian Villanueva 3B
Josh Vitters 3B
Arodys Vizcaino RHP
Dan Vogelbach 1B
Logan Watkins 2B
Rob Zastryzny LHP