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What Twitter is Saying About the Chicago Cubs' Spring Training

TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 07:  Luis Valbuena #24 and teammate Josh Vitters #27 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate scoring a seventh inning run against the Anaheim Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Joseph SykesContributor IIIMarch 13, 2014

Theo Epstein’s Chicago Cubs have a long, tedious rebuilding year ahead of them and the fact that they are playing in one of the toughest divisions in baseball doesn’t help.

However, the team has a bright future, as they currently have some of the top prospects in the majors. The Twitter world is abuzz about Cubs like Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, including pitchers as well and what they mean for the future of this World Series-starved club.

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Javier Baez, a 21-year-old shortstop out of Puerto Rico, is easily the most talented and most well-known name out of the Cubs' “Big Four” prospects. He has been batting .333 so far in Mesa and has tallied two homers, two RBIs and two doubles.

Jesse Rogers from ESPN Chicago likes what he has seen so far from the young shortstop in an article about the four prospects.

Outfielder Jorge Soler out of Cuba recently got the news that he and two others, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant (the other of the “Big Four”) were sent down to the Cubs' minor league affiliate in Tennessee. This wasn’t surprising, as even Baez probably won’t see time in the majors until June.

On the mound, Jeff Samardzija is expected to be named the Opening Day starter, but there are rumors that the 29-year-old out of Notre Dame may not be on the Cubs' roster by April 2.

Wrigley Field turns 100 this season, which means it is still younger than the last Cubs' World Series title. A new logo, along with new updates, is in store to grace the ivy-covered walls of the North Side's venue.

It has been 105 years (soon to be 106) since the last Fall Classic victory for the lovable losers. The Cubs are playing in a division that saw three of its members reach last year's playoffs, so don’t expect them to be competing in the fall. Epstein and new manager Rick Renteria have a young quality squad they can morph into a competitive team like Theo did in Boston. Fans won’t like to hear this, but they need just a few more years to be competitive.

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