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Cubs Affiliate Preview Series: Iowa Cubs Keep Prospect Train Rolling

Last year the Iowa Cubs went 67-76, which I consider that to be a miraculous record because of a number of injuries that decimated the starting rotation in the first month of the year that. It seemed as though the I-Cubs were always playing catch-up. On the other hand, Iowa produced several prospects — including catcher Wilson Contreras, outfielder Albert Almora, pitcher Carl Edwards, and pitcher Rob Zastryzny — who helped the Cubs win the World Series.

This year there could be as many as ten players who could help the big league club in some form or fashion.

Card made from a photo by Dylan Heuer/Iowa Cubs Flickr Account

Starting pitching

Ryan Williams has had an outstanding spring. After missing almost all of 2016, the big lumberjack is back and his command of pitches down in the zone was evident in his time with the big league club in Mesa. Throw in Alec Mills and Eddie Butler and you have three arms who could fit nicely at the back of the rotation if needed. Next year, however, all three could be in position — along with some AA pitchers — to replace John Lackey and Jake Arrieta.

Keep a close eye on Mills and …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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