The Chicago Cubs may be struggling to make noise in the big leagues, but their farm system has become the best in baseball.
Nobody will be happy after a 101-loss season, and pointing out that young talent is on the way may not matter to impatient fans.
If we're being honest, the team has room for improvement in all areas. Their best starting pitcher, Jeff Samardzija, had a 3.81 ERA with 180 strikeouts. Those numbers are solid, but not when they lead the entire team.
The 2012 squad finished in the bottom third of the league in runs scored, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage—which makes it easy to see why the club struggled.
But while some teams look toward a win-now strategy (like the Yankees and Dodgers), the Cubs are building for their future, and it begins with their farm system. It may not please everybody, but there's reason for optimism over the next few years.
Here are four reasons why the Chicago Cubs' farm system has become the best in baseball.