Any Good Candidates?

One month from today pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park…. Professional sports have changed from back in the day. Maybe it is the instant gratification society we live in but whatever the case may be the days of being a casual sports fan are long gone. In attempting to keep up with all of the moves and news this off-season a very well-respected Cubs prospects list was missed. Baseball Prospectus released their Cubs Top 10 Prospects way back in November, even before John Sickels at Minor League Ball. So without any further delay….

Cubs Top 10 Prospects from Baseball Prospectus

  • 1. Donald Veal, LHP
  • 2. Felix Pie, CF
  • 3. Sean Gallagher, RHP
  • 4. Eric Patterson, 2B
  • 5. Tyler Colvin, OF
  • 6. Mark Pawelek, LHP
  • 7. Jeff Samardzija, RHP
  • 8. Chris Huseby, RHP
  • 9. Scott Moore, 3B
  • 10. Ryan Harvey, RF

Only Felix Pie and Scott Moore are on the Cubs’ 40-man roster but Sean Gallagher, Eric Patterson and Tyler Colvin all recently received invitations to Spring Training. The Baseball Prospectus and John Sickels lists vary somewhat but the top 4 are agreed upon in both lists, just in a different order.

Cubs Top 10 Prospects from John Sickels at Minor League Ball

  • 1. Felix Pie, OF
  • 2. Donald Veal, LHP
  • 3. Eric Patterson, 2B
  • 4. Sean Gallagher, RHP
  • 5. Mark Pawelek. LHP
  • 6. Jeff Samardzija, RHP
  • 7. Tyler Colvin, OF
  • 8. Jae Kuk Ryu, RHP
  • 9. Scott Moore, 3B
  • 10. Ryan Theriot, INF

Baseball Prospectus lists Veal and Pie as being very good prospects; Gallagher, Patterson, Colvin, Pawelek, Samardzija and Huseby as being good prospects; Moore and Harvey as being average and they do not feel the Cubs have any excellent prospects. This should not be news for anyone that has followed this organization for the past several years. The Cubs were believed to have one of the best farm systems around five short years ago but do to injury and unfilled promise the once pitching-rich farm system has not produced the results the experts thought they would…. let’s not even discuss the position players.

Cubs Top 10 Players 25 Years Old or Younger

  • 1. Carlos Zambrano, RHP
  • 2. Donald Veal, LHP
  • 3. Felix Pie, CF
  • 4. Carlos Marmol, RHP
  • 5. Sean Gallagher, RHP
  • 6. Angel Guzman, RHP
  • 7. Eric Patterson, 2B
  • 8. Tyler Colvin, OF
  • 9. Mark Pawalek, LHP
  • 10. Jeff Samardzija, RHP

Donald Veal improved in 2006 from Peoria to Daytona. With the Chiefs he was 5-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 14 games. His strikeout to walk ratio was a little over 2 to 1 at both of his stops in 2006 (86 to 40 at Peoria and 88 to 42 at Daytona). While at Daytona he was 6-2 with a 1.67 ERA in 14 games. His WHIP also declined from Peoria (1.15) to Daytona (1.09). In 154 1/3 innings total innings in 2006 he allowed just 7 home runs and 91 hits. Veal will start 2007 at Double-A and, according to Baseball Prospectus, it “will be a significant test for him.”

Sean Gallagher could make his Major League debut in 2007 according to Baseball Prospectus. Gallagher pitched extremely well at Daytona and while his ERA increased a little from Daytona (2.30) to West-Tenn (2.71) his hits per 9 innings (8.62 – 7.71) and home runs per 9 innings (0.57 – 0.42) both declined. His WHIP at Daytona was 1.23 and with the Diamond Jaxx it was 1.49. All good numbers with the exception of his walk per 9 innings increased (2.41 to 5.73) and he still averaged just over 9 strikeouts per 9 innings (9.19 and 9.49).

Baseball Prospectus also feels Eric Patterson could make his Major League debut in 2007 especially after the season he just had with the Solar Sox in the AFL (.345/.408/.460/.868/1/13 in 28 games, 113 at bats).

Donald Veal and Eric Patterson are scheduled to be at the Cubs Convention that starts on Friday.

Donald Veal’s Stats from the Baseball Cube
Sean Gallagher’s Stats from the Baseball Cube
Eric Patterson’s Stats from

Quote of the Day

"People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball." – Sandy Koufax