The Cubs picked Rebel Ridling pretty late in the 2008 draft. Ridling was the Cubs 25th round selection two years ago … and the Cubs might have found themselves a bargain. Ridling had a great start to his pro career. In 2009 at the age of 23, Ridling posted a .310/.357/.466 line for the Peoria Chiefs. Ridling drove in 97 runs and tallied 51 extra base hits including 16 home runs and 34 doubles.
Ridling needs to show a lot more of that home run power to be considered as a potential starting first baseman down the road. Also at 24 years old and only playing in Daytona (high A), he needs to move a little quicker to be considered a legitimate prospect. Rebel started off the year on the DL because of an appendectomy during spring training. Despite hitting four home runs in his first eight games, he had a poor beginning to the season. Ridling has rebounded well and is hitting .280/.332/.436 with six home runs and 19 doubles. Ridling is likely the Cubs best first base prospect at this point … but he has a lot of work to do.
Full Name: Rebel Ridling
Age: 24 (May 22, 1986)
Position: First Base
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