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Lake, Szczur, Vitters, Beliveau among Cubs cuts

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Lake, Szczur, Vitters, Beliveau among Cubs cuts

MESA, Ariz. The Cubs have made building from within a priority, so it wouldnt be a surprise to see some of these players at Wrigley Field by 2014, if not sooner.

But for now, two of the more intriguing prospects in the system infielder Junior Lake and outfielder Matt Szczur are heading to Double-A Tennessee.

The Cubs also optioned infielder Josh Vitters, and pitchers Jeff Beliveau, John Gaub and Alberto Cabrera to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, reducing their spring roster to 48 players.

Catcher Jason Jaramillo a non-roster invitee who has been limited by a quad injury was assigned to minor-league camp.

The NBCSPreps Top 50 Boys Basketball Players to Watch

The NBCSPreps Top 50 Boys Basketball Players to Watch

 

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 2 Whitney Young

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 2 Whitney Young

School:  Whitney Young

2016-17 record: 27-7, 8-2 Public League Red-West

Postseason results: Won Class 4A State Championship

Players to watch: The senior trio of Xavier Castaneda, Javon Freeman and Justin Boyd make up one of the best perimeter groups in the state this season. Castaneda, a USF commit, is one of the best point guards in the state, while Freeman, a Valparaiso commit, is one of the state's top slashers and scorers. Boyd, who was injured for part of last season, is a noted perimeter specialist who came up big in the state title game.

Why they're in the power rankings: Coming off of a Class 4A title last season, the Dolphins peaked at the right time when they were finally healthy. Losing Lucas Williamson will hurt but there might not be a better perimeter in the state then Castaneda, Freeman and Boyd. If the Dolphins get some of their younger pieces like Myles Baker and Tyler Beard to step up then they could have another solid chance at earning a championship.

Did you know? Whitney Young is the only team from Illinois rated in the USA Today's preseason national boys basketball rankings. The Dolphins come in at No. 23.