On Sunday, April 5, the 2015 Major League Baseball season will begin when the Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals before a national television audience. And this year, there will be a new look for the Cubs both in the field and ... well, the field itself.
Wrigley Field is undergoing a historic makeover that will include an impressive new jumbotron screen in left field. The legendary manual scoreboard will remain in center, but the new screen will add an entertainment element that Wrigley hasn't had in more than 100 years.
On the grass at Wrigley will be a team that has fans hopes as high as they've been in recent memory. Every scouting service has rated the Cubs as the top farm system in baseball, led by the game's number one prospect, third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant will begin the season in Triple-A, but is expected to appear with the major league club soon after a stunning Spring Training.
Bryant will join a major league roster that is impressive already. Jorge Soler is also one of the favorites to win Rookie of the Year in the National League after an impressive debut last season, and he will work in the outfield with free agent addition Dexter Fowler and Chris Coghlan.
In the infield, All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo will be joined by Rommy La Stella, Mike Olt and catcher Miguel Montero.
Free agent addition Jon Lester (pictured), who was the ace in Boston for years before a trade to Oakland last season, will jump to the front of the rotation. He will be joined on the bump by Jake Arrieta, one of last season's great surprises, Jason Hammell, Travis Wood and Kyle Hendricks.
Is this the year at Wrigley? The first step of the 162-game journey is coming soon!
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Photo: Jon Lester by Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune