The Cubs have finished in fifth place in the NL Central in each of the last five seasons. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is ready to see his club get out of the basement, telling Cubs season ticket holders that “our goal in 2015 is to win the National League Central,” as MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.
It’s not outlandish to think that the Cubs could break out in the NL Central. The 2014 season saw a youth infusion, as Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, and Arismendy Alcantara made their major league debuts. Top prospects Kris Bryant (the 2014 Minor League Player of the Year), Addison Russell, and C.J. Edwards could get the call in 2015. 25-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo just had a breakout season while Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta each performed remarkably well on the mound. Hector Rondon was quite reliable at the back end of the bullpen. The pieces are obviously all there, or at least they will be very, very soon.