On one hand, I don't fault Topps for underselling the Cubs in 2014. The team was still terrible, the rookies weren't working yet, there wasn't a lot really to show.
But on the other hand, while Topps wasn't looking, the Cubs built the foundation for their playoff teams that would dominate the remainder of the series. A lot of today's omissions were due to rookie deadline things, but some were due to Topps not really comprehending some of Cubs' big pieces that had been there for most of the season. So I've got to do some work that they really should have done in 2014 Update.
We'll start with the reigning World Series MVP. Jorge Soler was one of two big rookie call-ups in the late summer months of 2014 for the Cubs. In 24 games, Soler hit .292 with 5 home runs 20 RBIs, already flashing some of the power he'd be known for the rest of his career. He'd later become a World Series hero with two different NL teams, and would lead the league in home runs in 2019.
And the third very big Cubs rookie in 2014 that didn't make the rookie cutoff was Javier Baez. Unlike the first two, Baez started strong enough but eventually struggled to hit at major league level. And to be fair, he was 21 at the time, and between him and Urias, sometimes the younger call-ups need more time to blossom. Baez finished 2014 with a .169 average and a negative WAR. It wouldn't be until the latter half of the 2015 season where Baez would really take off and become the hard-hitting infielder we all know and love now.
Tomorrow, we have some more 2014 Topps omissions from Arizona.