Pitching in AAA is a different animal than pitching in the major leagues, but when the Colorado Springs Skysox pitcher’s face the Iowa Cubs at the end of April they will be facing a major league test. With Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Addison Russell on the roster, there is not a team in all of the minor leagues with more fire power.
Earlier today the news broke that the Cubs have demoted their top prospects. While the move was somewhat expected, it has not gone quietly. After monster springs, it makes very little sense (besides the obvious issue of service time) that the Cubs who are apparently in a win-now mode would send their top players down. Adding salt to the wound Carrie Muskrat of MLB.com quoted Theo Epstein saying, “I could be in this game a long-time and not send down three players with that talent on the same day every again.”
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Seeing these players in the minor league will be a great test for Brewers prospects like Taylor Jungmann and Ariel Pena, and also seemingly help the Brewers in the National League Central race. While some of the prospect may be up by the time the Brewers and Cubs first square off, not having them on the major league roster means realistically means that the Cubs will not be as strong as they could be throughout the first month of the season.