The Cubs have prospects!!!!
Once upon a time, first base was a place where one could find some of the best hitting prospects in the game. It’s where a team would want a middle-of-the-order run producer. While the names on this year’s Top 10 first-base prospects list might eventually be those types of players, it is lacking on high-end Top 100 Prospect-type players after the first three names on the list.
1. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs: Rizzo’s big league debut in 2011 may not have gone very well, but that didn’t mean his left-handed bat wasn’t still in high demand. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, who helped draft Rizzo in Boston and then traded for him while the GM in San Diego, acquired him in Chicago during the offseason. A solid defender at first, it’s Rizzo’s power bat (51 homers and 200-plus RBIs over the past two seasons in the Minors) that is his calling card. Look for him to make some adjustments and be ready for the big leagues in 2012, even if he starts the year in Triple-A behind Bryan LaHair.
10. Dan Vogelbach, Cubs: Coming out of high school, Vogelbach was on radars because of his light-tower power from the left side. It’s legitimately plus-plus, and he can hit it out to all fields. Vogelbach is not an all-or-nothing swinger, either, and his advanced approach should allow him to be a fairly complete hitter. Non-athletic would be a kind way to describe Vogelbach’s body type in high school, but he’s already trimmed down as he prepares for his first season of pro ball.
So . . if I’m reading that correctly . . and I think I am . . . the Cubs have not zero, not one, BUT TWO of the top 10 prospects at 1B?
What team is this? Where am I? What year is it?
I don’t understand.
In other news today, Carlos Pena and his smile have gone (back) to the Rays. And the Cubs signed Matt Tolbert, for reasons that are still unclear. Poor Matt Tolbert–the story of his signing shows up almost nowhere online.
That’s all we’ve got for this morning. We’ll keep our eye on the news and update you as needed.
Happy snowy Saturday, Cubs fans!