The Chicago Cubs are in rebuilding mode, but fans still have a lot to be excited about for the 2012 season. The first year of Theo Epstein's plan is in effect, and anything can happen.
Rebuilding comes from the ground up, so the farm system plays a vital role in this process. One of the gems in the Cubs system is first baseman Anthony Rizzo, acquired from the Padres in a January trade.
Rizzo is a future middle-of-the-order hitter, and though he likely won't make the team out of spring training, he could be called up to help out the woeful Cubs mid-season. As long as he stays in the minors until late June, the Cubs get an extra year of control over the first baseman.
Here are both major and minor league projections for Rizzo in 2012.