Not sure what the Cubbies' farm system looks like, but IMO that was responsible for the majority of his success in Boston. That's going to take some time to develop if they didn't have a lot in place, especially in the post-Moneyball era where a lot more teams seem to be following a similar strategy nowadays.
Hoping for a turnaround like 2013 next year.
As a lifelong Cubs fan, aka glutton for punishment, I'd be happy if the ex-Sox wunderkind GM Theo Epstein would give us a turnaround at some point. Please.
Cubs' system is supposed to be stocked with great prospects. It's still hard to get excited about prospects. Oy.
Wish I had a $ for every time I've been encouraged about their farm system over the years - I could upgrade my brewery pretty handsomely. A recurring theme. But I do believe in what Theo can do, his instincts. And allegedly they are actually building some legit young talent.
But I've become a realist Cubs fan over the years. Long gone is the "Next year will be better" mantra for me - it's total BS. It won't be better until they have the right people in place , from GM on down the line. I think there's reason to be encouraged though, just need to see it.