In about a week, some of the Cubs' top prospects will be taking the field and mixing it up with the big league squad with the hopes that when spring training breaks, they will trade in their life of riding buses and staying in motels for flying first-class and staying in five-star hotels.
The unfortunate reality is that no matter how well some of those top prospects play during spring training, they will find themselves back in the minors. A ton of development is necessary to prepare a ball player for the rigours of playing in the show.
There really is no way to determine whether a prospect will make an impact at the major league level or not. In fact, the majority of prospects fail to play a single inning in the big leagues. With that being said, here is a look at the top 10 Cubs prospects, and a prediction of what kind of player they will be at the big league level.
The top-10 prospect list used for this piece was done by Jon Sickels on minorleagueball.com.