Where will the Cubs be in two years?

The pieces are starting to come together for Theo Epstein, who took over the Cubs front office two years and two weeks ago.

So in another 24 months, the president of baseball operations could be spending his November talking about building for the next Cubs' playoff run rather than announcing the next manager or cautioning the media and the fanbase that there are no quick fixes to dig a franchise out of a third straight 90-plus loss season.

As members of the Cubs front office head to Orlando for the GM meetings Monday, Epstein evaluated the state of the franchise now that the new face — manager Rick Rentera — is set in place.

"If you look at a two-year window going forward as opposed to a two-year window looking back, now we're actually going to start breaking in a lot of our core prospects," Epstein said after an event for season-ticket holders Friday. "It puts a premium on the teaching, the environment and the amount of support and accountability at the major-league level.

"I'm excited about the progress we've made in the minor leagues. Not just that we're ranked 'here' or we have 'this many' of the top prospects in the game, but the morale in the minor leagues. Our players fully believe in 'The Cubs Way.'

"A lot of our prospects feel like it's a secret. 'The Cubs are coming.' That's what they tell each other."

Epstein always says progress isn't linear, but the farm system has been on a steady incline across the two years of Epstein's tenure. By every measure, the Cubs' system ranks in the top 5 in the game and could see as many as four prospects among the top 20 lists.

After Javier Baez put the baseball world on notice with his impressive minor league season (37 homers, 111 RBIs) the Cubs have watched as three of their top prospects — Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler — turn heads in the Arizona Fall League, baseball's biggest autumn showcase. While it's not out of the question to see Baez or Bryant at Wrigley Field sometime late in the 2014 season, there is no immediate hope on the horizon for the big league club from this powerful quartet.