It’s no secret that the only hope that exists for the Chicago Cubs is in their farm system. Top to bottom, they’re one of the best in baseball; they were ranked No 4, according to Keith Law of ESPN Insider (subscription required).

Names like Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler have become commonplace in Chicago as optimistic fans look past this season and into 2015 and beyond. However, the entire farm system doesn’t consist of elite prospects who are sure to make an impact at the major league level. 

There are always players who burst onto the scene that nobody sees coming. Hopefully for the Cubs faithful, most of their top prospects will pan out. If they don’t, here are three players who could take over or be vital role players in years to come.

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