Manager Dale Sveum said the Chicago Cubs' young players will get plenty of game action early on in Cactus League play which starts on Saturday.

"Some of our core younger players are going to get a good amount of at-bats the first couple weeks of spring (games)," Sveum said. "There always comes that time in spring training when the starters go seven innings, but we have so many split squad games they will get quite a few games in before being sent down. There are a lot of at-bats out there."

So that means 2011 first-round pick Javier Baez and $30 million Cuban prospect Jorge Soler will see plenty of action. So will infielder Junior Lake, as will "older" young players such as third baseman Josh Vitters and outfielder Brett Jackson. None in that group are expected to make the team, but Sveum said he is "very anxious" to see them all play.

"Those are the guys that are on the radar in the minor league systems that have all those God-given tools," he said. "The speed, the arm, the power. Hopefully the hitting ability. Pretty special talent those guys have, you want to see it in person and game speed."