Five Bold Predictions for the 2016 Chicago Cubs Season

Willson Contreras Will Debut in the Majors

At least one rookie will make the leap to the majors before season’s end, and I believe if it’s only one, that it will be Willson Contreras. Kyle Schwarber will remain in lef field. He’s been working on agility and speed, he has heart and talent, and he’ll be at least average this season in left field, with the possibility of surprising people. David Ross is in his swan song season and Miguel Montero is close enough to the end of his starting career for the team to be seriously working in the catcher of the future. It’s Contreras. It is also possible that a couple of young arms, like Carl Edwards, or even Dylan Crease, could have a chance to play, but only if something disastrous happens, or if they come up in September for seasoning. The team’s depth and versatility are so well balanced that there just isn’t a slot for a rookie position player, no matter how talented, to work into an impact role, barring multiple injuries.

3 Responses

  1. Sonny Wright

    I like the way David Wilson thinks. I too think the Cubs will win it all. I said that in 2003 too. That year was Dusty Bakers fault,i don’t care what anyone says. If he stays healthy Kyle will hit 35+ homers.If they do win the WS they should sweep the awards (only if they win it all) come on baseball fans….tell it like it is.

    • David_N_Wilson

      I don’t know if you can put all of that on Dusty. This feels different though, doesn’t it? I mean – I felt about this way when I was 10 years old and Ernie and Ron were going to win in ’69… (stupid Mets)… but this is the closest I’ve felt to real excitement in a long time.

      • Sonny Wright

        Yes i still dislike the Mets over 1969. Now let me explain 2003. Prior was sailing along could smell victory when the Bartram ball happened. You could see Prior was upset Prior was a ROOKIE Dusty should have went to the mound and tell him the only guy in the Wrigley who can hurt you is at the plate. Step off the mound take 3 deep breaths and get this guy out and we can pack for the World Series. But all he did was chew his toothpick and watch Prior fall apart. David this is just my opinion…

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