James Triantos – Pic by Todd Johnson

The Futures Game has been a highlight for Cub prospects the past few years. We saw Eloy  Jimenez dominate in San Diego shortly before being traded. Two years ago, Brennen Davis did it up and was the MVP and last year saw Pete Crow-Armstrong have himself a game. With less than six weeks until the Futures Game in Seattle, who would be ideal candidates to represent the Cubs this year?

Here are a few from each lower affiliate who might fit the bill.

Myrtle Beach

Cristian Hernandez is the most likely candidate when it comes to Pelican position players. HIs 2023 season has shown flashes of what he can do. Then again, he’s just 19. He hit .295 in April and has slipped this month, but Myrtle Beach does not have the friendliest of confines to hit in. The Futures Game would be a great showcase for him and give him a glimpse into the future.

When it comes to pitchers at Myrtle Beach, I am all about getting a sneak peek of Jackson Ferris pitching against the best young prospects in the game. That could be head turning!

In South Bend

Kevin Alcantara has been extremely impressive in centerfield with both his glove and arm. At the plate, he’s had his moments. He’s in consideration for a spot, but the bat has some work to do against breaking pitches. The good news is that he can recognize them, but he is struggling doing damage. There have been plenty of popups, rolled over grounders and flies to right. He might be another year away from the Futures Game.

James Triantos is more than ready with the bat. He might actually be the best choice this year and he has matured as a hitter over last year. Like Acantara, Triantos has great pitch recognition skills and Triantos can square up breaking balls to all fields. He would be the better choice from South Bend.

Cade Horton. Done deal.


Send BJ Murray to the Futures Game now. He’s been on fire since the WBC and he is likely to be the Hitter of the Month in the Cubs System for May. In addition to cranking dingers, he’s walking at a ridiculous 17.3%. While walks are nice, dingers are better.

When it comes to pitchers, Jordan Wicks would be the man. I don’t need to explain why.

Let’s see who peeps on Twitter voted for yesterday.

Other Name Brought Up in the Comments

Moises Ballesteros, Ben Brown, Daniel Palencia, and Owen Caissie. Those are all good names, too!