Topps released Pro Debut on June 11 and I haven't seen much at all about the set. This is the third year for Pro Debut and I don't think it's caught on at all. My understanding is that as part of Topps' exclusive agreement with MLB and the Players Association, they have to put out a couple sets with minor leaguers. My guess is that if Topps wasn't contractually obligated, they would have ditched this after years one.
The checklist is made up of 220 minor leaguers, most you've never heard of. For these guys, its got to be a thrill to be on a Topps card. Most collectors, however, yawn at it. Of the 220 players, only six are Cubs farmhands. That's down from 16 in 2010 and 12 last year.
I've got the six in order by team classification, starting with the Short-A Boise Hawks, which had four of the six
Shortstop Javier Baez
Second baseman Zeke DeVoss
First baseman Paul Hoilman (who was also included in the Bowman set)
Catcher Rafael Lopez
One player comes from the High A Daytona Cubs
Matthew Szczur...I can hardly wait for the day when Szczur and Samardzija are in the same lineup.
Szczur also had an All Star card.
For the final card we skip up to the AA Tennessee Smokies
Pitcher Trey McNutt, who was also in the 2010 Pro Debut set. That leads to the question, how can a player have two Pro Debuts?
And there you have it, your 2016 Chicago Cubs.