Chicago Cubs: 4 Players Theo Epstein Should Give a Trial by Fire

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Chicago Cubs: 4 Players Theo Epstein Should Give a Trial by Fire
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Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo and prospects, oh my!

Chicago Cubs fans cannot wait for the major league arrival of the two big-name prospects with the intention of leading Chicago down the yellow brick road to a championship sooner rather than later.

Fortunately, the man in charge knows it'll take more than a click of his heels to bring a championship home.

Theo Epstein's hands are full with draft evaluations and questions from all angles asking when the two top prospects will be seeing time in the majors.

On the surface it makes perfect sense. Rizzo is posting numbers that appear to be pulled out of a summer slow-pitch softball league with four multi-homer games.

Jackson brings a little bit of everything to the table for a starting outfield that has hit as many home runs as I have this season.

But the two big names aren't part of the four that should be sent out on an everyday basis to see what they've got.

Yes, it's a rebuilding year. But there's plenty of time for Jackson and Rizzo to hone their skills in the minors. Jackson strikes out too much, and Rizzo has nowhere to play on the current team.

Instead, here are the four names Epstein should throw into the fire, and see what they have to offer.

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