From the Wire … Brett Jackson and Ryan Flaherty Promoted to Triple-A

According to a report from miCubs, the Chicago Cubs have promoted Brett Jackson and Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs released Augie Ojeda and Fernando Perez last week and created two spots on the I-Cubs roster. The promotion of Brett Jackson will also give the Cubs top prospect a chance to play in the same outfield as Tyler Colvin.

A recent report from ESPN Chicago indicated the Cubs envision an outfield of Brett Jackson, Tyler Colvin and Matt Szczur sometime in the near future.

Brett Jackson put together a .260/.376/.450/.826 line in 66 games with the Smokies this season. Jackson hit 10 doubles, three triples and 10 homers while stealing 15 bases (caught six times). Jackson struck out 74 times and walked 44 times in 242 at bats.

Ryan Flaherty hit .305/.384/.523/.907 in 83 games in Double-A with 20 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. Flaherty has struck out 55 times in 302 at bats with 40 walks. Flaherty played multiple positions for Brian Harper this season … second base, third base, left field, shortstop, right field and first base.

The corresponding roster moves have not been announced.

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  • Grady

    About time……..

    • JW

      I’m guessing they will let Brad Snyder or Lou Montanez go as well as someone else from the infield, maybe Scott Moore.

  • gocubs

    Great news.  I wonder if this is a sign that a trade or trades are in the works possibly freeing up space in our outfield in the near future. 

  • J Daniel

    Tyler Colvin, NO!!!!!

  • Peabodydg

    Flaherty is not talked about as much but his numbers and pedigree (sandwich pick) look very promising. The lefty bat is also a huge plus.  It is time to settle on a position for him.  Has anyone heard any buzz on what that would be?  I am guessing 3B.

  • Neil

    It is official: Brett Jackson, Ryan Flaherty to Iowa; Jae-Hoon Ha to Tenn; Matt Szczur to Daytona

    • Whatupbr

      Neil –

      I dont understand why Ha would be promoted ahead of Evan Crawford. By the numbers, it would appear that Crawford has clearly outplayed Ha at Daytona this year. Any insight?

      • Neil

        The Cubs view Ha as more of a prospect with a lot of upside. He opened a lot of eyes last year and the organization is high on him.

        • Whatupbr

          Leave it to the Cubs to ignore the numbers. Crawford is younger, faster and thus far more productive. But hey – Ha probably has a pretty swing. We know how much that’s worked for Josh Vitters.

          • Neil

            Believe me I’m not trying to defend the roster decisions the Cubs make but according to my notes, Jae-Hoon Ha is 20 years old (10/29/90) and Evan Crawford will soon be 23 (8/5/88).

          • Whatupbr

            You are absolutely right. I know I looked at them but my eyes failed me. Thanks.

  • diehardcubfan

    “The Cubs envision an outfield of Brett Jackson, Tyler Colvin and Matt Szczur sometime in the near future”. 

    Congradulations to Jackson and Szczur on their promotions. As others have hinted about time. Now is that a sign for the future, we can only hope JH is actually going to make some deals but I am betting not. Also, should be a sign we will likely see Jackson come September.

    As for the Cubs outfiled of the future to me the jury is still out on Tyler Colvin being back in the MLs.  After Quade and JH have pretty much destroyed his confidence his current stat line at Iowa is not that good.  .284 OBP, .510 SLG, .271 AVG and .794 OPS.  Not good stats except for slugging.  I am particularly worried about the OBP and the fact he has drawn only 4 BBs.

    Colvin in my opinion has not shown enough to get back into the main picture.  I think personally Brad Snyder should warrant another shot unless Colvin starts lighting it up again.  It is probably time to give Snyder a extended look and see what he has. 

    Snyder after all has only 12 games in 2010 and 8 games in 2011 with only 36 ABs to me is not a great gauges as to were he is at now.

  • Darrenmcculloch

    Where does everyone see Flaherty playing in the majors?  He seems like an option at 3rd if the Cubs don’t sign Ramirez.  He seems to have more power than a lot of others in the minors and he is left-handed.  However, didn’t the Cubs draft him to play second? 

    • diehardcubfan

      We had that discussion a little while back. I agree with you 3B seems an option but I think the Cubs have not decided yet.  I say let us see what the Cubs have him do at Iowa and that may give us an idea of what they plan to do with him. 

      I do not see anything wrong with him developing into a superutility guy and that be his role on the club.  I guess we will just have to see.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Flaherty’s numbers are much better this year vs. LHP but he is still only hitting .253 vs. LHP! Hopefully he doesn’t turn out to be a platoon 3b with Jeff Baker.