Chicago Cubs Prospect Profile: Bryan LaHair

The Seattle Mariners picked Bryan LaHair in the 39th round of the 2002 draft. LaHair, a first baseman and a corner outfielder, was removed from the Mariners’ 40-man roster last October. LaHair played in 45 games for Seattle in 2008 and hit .250 with a .315 OBP in 150 plate appearances … four doubles and three homers.

Bryan LaHair was once one of the Mariners top prospects … ranked 16th by Baseball America in 2007 and 19th in 2008.

Last year playing in the Seattle organization in Triple-A, Bryan LaHair hit 26 homeruns and knocked in 85 runs while hitting .289/.354/.530 in 510 plate appearances. This year for the Iowa Cubs LaHair is leading the team in batting average at .311, his full line is .311/.384/.525/.909 with 10 home runs, 22 doubles, 3 stolen bases, and 42 RBI.

The 27-year old is in his eighth minor league season and isn’t really a prospect at this point … but he could see some Major League action this season, especially if the Cubs trade Xavier Nady.

Prior to Tyler Colvin’s emergence in spring training LaHair was a serious contender for a bench spot on the Cubs major league roster.

Bryan LaHair was the Mariners’ minor league player of the year in 2006. Many felt then his only position would be first base, despite the fact he was drafted as a third baseman/corner outfielder. LaHair was blocked, at the time, by Richie Sexson and started learning different positions.

LaHair is a big guy at 6’5″ and 225 pounds with some serious power. Will he get another shot at the Majors?

Full Name: Bryan Allan LaHair
Age: 27 (November 5, 1982)
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 225
Position: 1B/LF/RF
Bats/Throws: L/R

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