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Part Two

Moving up the latter in the second part of our closer look at the Cubs' rookie crop at the lower levels of the farm system with Player Development Director Oneri Fleita and others, it's no surprise that short-season, Class Low-A Boise of the Northwest League is home to many recent players more polished due to a few years of college experience.

Traditionally, Boise is where you'll find most of the Cubs' top picks – those who attended college the previous season anyway – after signing with the organization following the June draft. The same holds true this year with the club's top five overall picks either on the Hawks' active roster or having already completed a stint there. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, a two-sport standout who was...

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