Cubs Down on the Farm Report … and 2009 Draft Recap – 06/11/09

Here is your mid-week update for our Young Cubs. I am going to pass on just brief recaps of the games this week and I will focus more on 2009 Draft this week.

On Tuesday Major League Baseball had three rounds of picks as well as a compensatory round of picks for teams that lost Type A and Type B Free Agents. So here are the results of the week and a draft recap. On Wednesday they drafted for rounds 4-30 and then on Thursday they will conclude the draft with rounds 31-50.

Don’t forget that you can check out my site at YoungCubsWorld.com for daily updates of the big performers.

Transactions

Here are the standings for the Cubs’ system only:

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Peoria Chiefs – Class A

Peoria’s Team Stats

Daytona Cubs – Class High A

Daytona Cubs’ Team Stats

Tennessee Smokies – Class AA

Iowa Cubs – Class AAA

Iowa Cubs’ Team Stats

2009 Draft Recap – Rounds 1-30

After Brett Jackson and David LeMahieu, the links are of their scouting videos. Note: The CCO asked a long-time reader of the site to contribute information for this report on the Cubs’ first three picks in the draft. A big tip of the cap to Aaron for his input. Also, for more on the draft check out the CCO’s Community Blog.

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Brett Jackson

Brett Jackson – OF 6’2″, 210 lbs, 20 yrs old, bats left, throws right: Jackson is one of the best athletes in this year’s class. He is a left-handed hitter and projects to be a very good defender in center. Jackson is known as a gritty, aggressive player and is a leader in the Cal clubhouse. The one major problem that frankly scares me about Jackson is his propensity to strike out. Jackson struck out 61 times in 218 at-bats this year (28% of the time) and had a batting line of.321/.407/.564. Now, some might say, “a .321 average isn’t all that bad. However, in college, it is not that good, playing with a metal bat. He does have great bat speed though, and hits to all fields, so that does count for something. Jackson has some power, but we’re probably looking at a 10-15 home run ballplayer at the MLB level. Jackson has excellent speed, but had just 11 steals and was caught 5 times this year. Brett Jackson is toolsy, but still very raw. Some experts have even used the dreaded “5-tool” label with him, and I STRONGLY disagree with that. Unless you’re putting up 15+ hr in college, with a .350 and above average and have 20+ steals, and a cannon for an arm in the field, I think we should put a lid on using “5-tool” labels from here on out.

David LeMahieu

David LeMahieu – IF 6’4″, 190 lbs, 20 yrs old, bats right, throws right: Draft-eligible sophomore. Played SS as Freshman at LSU (baseball powerhouse for those that don’t know—Fontenot and Theriot were from there), then was shifted to 2B as Soph for defensive reasons, because he lacks the arm and range apparently. Scouts, for whatever reason thought he had power potential, but so far has been intent on hitting ball to opposite field, and only had 4 hr this year. He doesn’t have much speed, though he had 10 SB this year. Hit .340/408/462 for Tigers in 2009, with 4 HR & 39 RBI, 12 2B, 3 3B, 27/38 BB/K in 286 PA, with 10 SB (3 CS), and nine errors. He apparently impressed in last year’s Cape Cod League, and scouts raved about this kid, and had it not been for his regression this year, he would’ve gone high in the first round by all accounts, so, despite the under whelming appearance of the pick, I think Tim Wilken got good value here.

Austin Kirk

Austin Kirk – LHP 6’1″, 205 lbs, 19 yrs old, bats left, throws left: This kid played for a high school baseball powerhouse in Oklahoma that has produced several professional players. He posted a record of 9-1 0.45 ERA with 21 walks versus 111 K’s in 62 IP. What I like about this is it does not appear the kid was abused, because he was on a good team (unlike Kerry Wood, who was the bread and butter of his team in the playoffs). Has overpowering fastball (at least on high school terms) that was clocked at 95 MPH in state semi-finals, as well as a sharp breaking ball and solid change-up. This might be a difficult sign, as he’s already signed a letter of intent with the University of Oklahoma. An important note … is he’s also a good hitter too, hitting .400+ with 5 HR this year when he wasn’t pitching. So, he has several things going for him … a very polished arm, playing for a baseball powerhouse in high school, not having his arm abused, AND apparently he’s a really good kid with a solid head on his shoulders. There was a 70 year old that kind of adopted the team as his own, and was a huge fan of Kirk’s…It’s almost like a Babe Ruth story. The guy was on his deathbed still rooting for the team, and recently passed away, and Kirk had given him his old jersey, a signed ball, and their state championship medal. When he was buried, the guy had on Kirk’s jersey, the ball, and medal. It was a very heartwarming story, and I hope we can sign a kid of that type of ability AND character.

For Videos and More Scouting Reports on the following players, click on their names

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