As August turns to September, young prospects all around baseball anxiously wait to see if their performance will be rewarded with a late-season call-up.
Some, like Jae-Hoon Ha, await the call to the major league while others, such as Javier Baez, hope to advance to Triple-A.
Sitting at the bottom of the NL Central, the Cubs have turned their focus to the future and the minor leagues. Here we look at three exciting prospects that the Cubs will promote before the season's end.
Current level: Double-A Tennessee
Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara has played 123 games with Double-A Tennessee this season and has performed well. The speedy baseman has a .347 on-base percentage with 28 stolen bases and 14 home runs. Alcantara is sure to earn a promotion to Triple-A soon.
Current Level: Double-A Tennessee
Unfortunately for the Cubs, their most talented shortstop is currently in Double-A ball, not the big show. Though Starlin Castro has been disappointing in 2013, it's reassuring for Cubs fans to know there is hope for the future if Starlin doesn't work out.
Javier Baez has torn up the Southern League. In his 43 games with the Tennessee Smokies, Baez is hitting .307 with a 1.025 on-base plus slugging (OPS) percentage. He has 16 home runs with 14 doubles.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum has already stated that Baez will not be called up to the majors in 2013.