With the hiring of Theo Epstein, it is clear the Chicago Cubs want to become a club that has sustainable success into October year-in and year-out. With that, a World Series title would be likely to come to Wrigley.
Although this will be no easy task, there might not be a better trio in baseball to get the job done. Under the Epstein regime, the Red Sox averaged over 90 wins a year and won titles in 2004 and 2007. A part of this is due to all of the money spent on top-notch stars, but a lot of the regime's success came through the MLB Amateur Draft held every June.
In Boston, Epstein drafted players such as Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, and Jon Lester. All of these guys are integral parts of the success Boston has each year.
This must be welcomed in Chicago. The Cubs haven't had the greatest drafts since the event started in 1965, especially in choosing first-round talent. As a result, Chicago's farm system is one of the weaker ones in baseball.
Here are the last 12 top picks of the Chicago Cubs and how those players have panned out.