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What Will The Cubs Look Like in 2019?

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Sorry for the lack of a post today. I meant to get something up early in the AM and lost track of time. If you haven’t yet listened to our podcast, please do. Don’t forget to subscribe in iTunes so you don’t miss an episode. Episode #2 is this Monday. We should be without Sean for the next two weeks, so it will be just Josh and I. We’d welcome any feedback you can give us on how we can make the show better.

I posted this on Twitter today and got a few replies. Pretend it’s opening day 2019. What is the lineup that is on the field for the Cubs at that time? I tried to see if there were futures bids I could run this early for 2019, but unfortunately there was not. What I did find was some interesting lines for the Cubs in the MLB Futures odds at TopBet.eu Sportsbook. They figure to be one of the worst teams in the league, but then again, we knew that for this year. Personally, I actually think .500 is a realistic goal for this team and should be the expectation. I don’t think we’re as bad as last year. Only time will tell.

So, what does the team look like in 2019? A good resource as you make your predictions would be the Baseball Prospectus depth chart. Take a look at let me know who runs out onto the field that day.

QUICK NOTES

  • Cubs are not expected to sign Korean pitcher per Paul Sullivan. (Source)
  • Bryan LaHair signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians that included an invite to spring training. (cue the LaHair apologists who can now make their argument that him and Micah Hoffpauir were the ones that got away.
  • Curt Shilling has been diagnosed with Cancer, though I’ve yet to get any info on what type or stage.

 

  • Sean Powell

    1. Alcantara – 2B
    2. Almora – CF
    3. Baez – 3B
    4. Carlos Gonzalez – LF
    5. Bryant – RF
    6. Rizzo – 1B
    7. Trea Turner – SS
    8. Tyler Alamo – C

    or…Eloy Jimenez instead of Gonzalez…and we probably won’t draft Turner (but we might). Maybe Tyler Kolek is the #1 starter in ’19

    • Sean Powell

      ..and, I know there’s no way that we have an all-prospect (or 90% prospect) lineup – it just doesn’t happen. I wonder where Soler is?

      • Doug S.

        No Dan?

      • Sean Powell

        Not unless the NL adopts the DH. I see a trade.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I guess the trade involves Starlin, Dan & Soler, who do we get back? Price?

      • Sean Powell

        Maybe. Not sure I like Price for the Cubs now. He has nowhere to go but down, and we’ll have to give up a ton to get him. Maybe CarGo? I just sort of threw that name out there, but I really do think the Cubs needs another LH bat. All the pop is from the right side, except for Rizzo. I’d love to have a front-line lefthander to slide between Baez and Bryant.

  • Sean Powell

    1. Alcantara – 2B
    2. Almora – CF
    3. Baez – 3B
    4. Carlos Gonzalez – LF
    5. Bryant – RF
    6. Rizzo – 1B
    7. Trea Turner – SS
    8. Tyler Alamo – C

    or…Eloy Jimenez instead of Gonzalez…and we probably won’t draft Turner (but we might). Maybe Tyler Kolek is the #1 starter in ’19

    • Sean Powell

      ..and, I know there’s no way that we have an all-prospect (or 90% prospect) lineup – it just doesn’t happen. I wonder where Soler is?

      • Doug S.

        No Dan?

      • Sean Powell

        Not unless the NL adopts the DH. I see a trade.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I guess the trade involves Starlin, Dan & Soler, who do we get back? Price?

      • Sean Powell

        Maybe. Not sure I like Price for the Cubs now. He has nowhere to go but down, and we’ll have to give up a ton to get him. Maybe CarGo? I just sort of threw that name out there, but I really do think the Cubs needs another LH bat. All the pop is from the right side, except for Rizzo. I’d love to have a front-line lefthander to slide between Baez and Bryant.

  • PLCB3

    Cubs and Barney agree to a contract. So your like it or strike it prediction on that is looking pretty good. You should have random people appear for the like it or strike it questions when you’re going to be without Sean. It just won’t feel right with 2 people taking part in place of 3.

    • Pierce

      How about 1 lucky a winner a week gets to chime in with their ‘Like-It or Strike-It’ viewpoint. Could get more people interested!

  • AC0000000

    Cubs and Barney agree to a contract. So your like it or strike it prediction on that is looking pretty good. You should have random people appear for the like it or strike it questions when you’re going to be without Sean. It just won’t feel right with 2 people taking part in place of 3.

    • Pierce

      How about 1 lucky a winner a week gets to chime in with their ‘Like-It or Strike-It’ viewpoint. Could get more people interested!

  • cwasko234

    1. Alcantara – 2B
    2. Almora – CF
    3. Baez – 3B
    4. Rizzo – 1B
    5. Bryant – LF
    6. Soler – RF
    7. Castro – SS
    8. Castillo – C

    Obviously an “all prospect panning out” team. I think a speed/OBP guy at 2B or OF could come via free agency or a lefty OF to put in the middle of the lineup (Harper?, Heyward?).

    Interesting to see what Theo/Jed do at the top of the draft the next couple years. Keep drafting position players or start looking at impact pitching. I hope every year they draft best available b/c who knows what the team needs will be in the 2-5 years it takes for prospects to get to the show.

  • cwasko234

    1. Alcantara – 2B
    2. Almora – CF
    3. Baez – 3B
    4. Rizzo – 1B
    5. Bryant – LF
    6. Soler – RF
    7. Castro – SS
    8. Castillo – C

    Obviously an “all prospect panning out” team. I think a speed/OBP guy at 2B or OF could come via free agency or a lefty OF to put in the middle of the lineup (Harper?, Heyward?).

    Interesting to see what Theo/Jed do at the top of the draft the next couple years. Keep drafting position players or start looking at impact pitching. I hope every year they draft best available b/c who knows what the team needs will be in the 2-5 years it takes for prospects to get to the show.