The 2011 season has been nothing short of a struggle for the Chicago Cubs. Rookie manager Mike Quade has spent a large portion of this season simply filling gaps created by injury. Already in the young 2011 season, the Cubs have managed to send five position players and three starting pitchers to the disabled list.
Among those players have been starting catcher Geovany Soto, starting outfielders Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano and starting pitchers Randy Wells, Andrew Cashner and Matt Garza.
Thus far in 2011, the Cubs have needed a veritable shuttle between Des Moines, Iowa and Chicago in order to handle the large amount of personnel shuffling that has been required. Rookies Tony Campana, Brad Snyder, Lou Montanez, DJ LeMahieu and Wellington Castillo are among the unusually long list of players whom the Cubs have already called upon from within their minor-league system this season.
As injuries continue to pile up for the Cubs, and as Quade continues to be forced to audition unproven young talent, the list of Cubs prospects making their major-league debut in 2011 is sure to grow.
Here are five more players that may be headed to Wrigley Field this summer.