First, I have to start with my annual "What is this set?" rant.
The product is called "Pro Debut." That means it should feature players that are making their Pro Debut. Or maybe the set has players making their baseball card debut. Somehow there should be pros making some sort of debut.
Does that make logical sense?
For me yes; for Topps, no.
There are ten Cubs prospects among the 220 players--a pretty decent representation. How many of the ten made their pro debut last season?
All ten should be the answer.
Try none of them. Most had their debut in 2012 or 2011.
OK, then how many are making their baseball card debut, or at least their Topps products debut?
Again, the answer should be all ten.
Again, it's not.
Of course the answer is none of them.
None of the ten Cubs prospects in Pro Debut made their pro debut last season or are making their Topps debut in Pro Debut.
In fact, six of the ten had a card in last year's Pro Debut. In what world do you get to have more than one debut?
In Topps' worlds.
End rant...on to the cards.
First off are the four players that are new to the set.
Of the four, C.J. Edwards is the one to watch. The Cubs got him last season in the Matt Garza trade. He started the season in AA, but some shoulder trouble has slowed him down. He's been rehabbing in Arizona and the Cubs hope to get him back to AA for the second half of the season.
Now the players making their debut²
Two of the "Core Four" were included (Almora and Soler) while Javier Baez and Kris Bryant were left out. Baez was in the 2012 and 2013 set, so I guess it's good that he was omitted....three cards in Pro Debut would really be crazy! And Bryant, who made his Pro Debut last season; leaving him out makes no sense.