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Chicago Cubs take Cal center fielder in first round

There are 26 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 9, 2009, titled Chicago Cubs take Cal center fielder in first round. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

University of California center fielder Brett Jackson admitted he was "absolutely shocked" after the Cubs selected him with the 31st pick in the 2009 amateur draft.

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Mitch

Palos Heights, IL

#1 Jun 9, 2009
Although I am neither a White Sox or Cubs fan I really like this pick by the Cubs. During the draft coverage the guys commentating on the draft loved the pick, especially Harold. The two guys from the Rangers (can't remember their names) really liked the pick too and the Rangers know a lot about position players. The strikeout problem is coachable and can be fixed.
Oak Park Lefty

Edmond, OK

#2 Jun 9, 2009
Hope springs eternal -- again yet.
ty welke

Poway, CA

#3 Jun 9, 2009
HAROLD REYNOLDS liked every pick by every team during the entire first round! Did you hear them say they project him as a corner OF in the future? Those guys are generally power hitters, no? I'd like to know what OUTSTANDING qualities he possesses to go in Round One. Nothing on paper really jumps out. It somewhat reminds me of the Tyler Colvin pick a few years ago.
Mitch

Palos Heights, IL

#4 Jun 9, 2009
Well this guy was the second best college athlete in the draft according to Baseball America. He has tremendous defensive abilities and has five tools to boot too. What were you expecting at pick 31, a complete product? There aren't many complete players at NO.31.( For the record making some of your words caps doesn't do much for your argument either.)
Cam

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Jun 9, 2009
We've really watered down the 5-tool moniker. Jackson hasn't shown much power or arm strength. He stole 11 bases this year and is a strikeout machine.
Tony T Bone

Clinton, IA

#6 Jun 9, 2009
Ryan Harvey-2003 number 1.Never made it out of Peoria,Il.Luis Gonzalez.Never made it out of Peoria.The list goes on and on.This list will go on and on.Sean Gallegher-up and traded to the A's.What has he done for them?Eric Patterson???CoreyPatterson???? The bottom line is the Cubs cannot develop young talent!!!
DrCrawdad

Naperville, IL

#7 Jun 10, 2009
Tony T Bone wrote:
Luis Gonzalez. Never made it out of Peoria.
Did you mean Lou Montanez, whom the Cubs drafted in 2000 with the #3 overall pick?

Lou Montanez toiled for 7 years in the Cubs farm system then was sent to Baltimore, the place where all former Cubbies land, where he finally made it to the major league.
A reader

Miami, FL

#8 Jun 10, 2009
Mitch wrote:
Well this guy was the second best college athlete in the draft according to Baseball America. He has tremendous defensive abilities and has five tools to boot too. What were you expecting at pick 31, a complete product? There aren't many complete players at NO.31.( For the record making some of your words caps doesn't do much for your argument either.)
I found the the caps most persuasive, especially "HAROLD REYNOLDS". Here, I have always regarded him as a cliche-spouting ex-player without an original thought in his head, sort of minor-league Joe Morgan. But now I know otherwise.
Tracy

Chicago, IL

#9 Jun 10, 2009
Mitch wrote:
Well this guy was the second best college athlete in the draft according to Baseball America. He has tremendous defensive abilities and has five tools to boot too.
He may be a great athlete, but this is a draft of baseball players. The minors are littered with toolsy players who can't play.
howard the duck

Birmingham, AL

#10 Jun 10, 2009
Strike zone discipline can only be taught if a player simply has trouble picking up the ball, the rotation and the location. If he strikes out because he is aggressive, then he will always be an aggressive hitter - and trying to change him into a patient hitter will only make him tentative to swing the bat.

I don't know much about the kid - but that's just a generic observation of high-strikeout players.

That said - I like the idea that they at least took a college kid. I've never been a fan of taking high school players - especially high school hitters ... high school hitters have only a 17% rate of making it to the big leagues.

Also - this draft wasn't littered with solid hitters. It was a pretty weak draft overall - that has been this draft's designation since last summer. To get a good, athletic kid with experience in a major college baseball conference is about as good as you could expect to do.
Jeezy

Girard, OH

#11 Jun 10, 2009
Did this kid call Ronnie Woo Woo a bear?
Wait till 2108

Willowbrook, IL

#12 Jun 10, 2009
A strikeout-prone, plus runner with an average arm and little power...sounds like Willy Taveras.

Anyone know how that reliever they drafted in the first round last year is doing? I'd look it up myself, but for the life of me I can't remember his name.
Arlene

Oakland, CA

#13 Jun 10, 2009
Go Bears/Go Cubs!
Foghorn Leghorn

United States

#14 Jun 10, 2009
Welcome to the jungle, son.

Best of luck to you, we're behind you.
Doug

Chicago, IL

#15 Jun 10, 2009
Thanks to all the college and minor league scouts on here who have lent their expert opinions to the discussion. You no doubt have viewed several of this kid's games and are experts at determining how likely it is for a player to progress through the minor leagues. I only read this article, so I really don't have the same knowledge of the situation as you guys do. Keep up the good work folks.
Ken in Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

#16 Jun 10, 2009
And Montanez is now on the DL and likely done for the year. He tore up his thumb diving for a ball and underwent surgery a few weeks ago.

The ironic part of all of this is that his injury and subsequent disablement probably saved the roster spot of another Cubs ex-phenom, Felix Pie.

Pie is still with the Orioles, but he is now no more than a fifth outfielder on a four outfielder team. Nolan Reimod has pretty much taken over left field(though Felix did start this past Sunday in Oakland, fouled a pitch off his throat and had to leave the game. The poor guy gets no breaks.)

There are those in Baltimore(I'm one of them) who want Pie to get more PT, but it doesn't seem to be in the cards.

When starting SS Cesar Izturis comes back from his appendectomy in the next week to ten days, the scuttlebutt is that Pie will be designated for assignment. There is no doubt he will be claimed by someone and I truly hope he gets a real chance to play everyday and see what he can do without the pressure of having to produce. He seems like a good kid and he has made a few plays and hit a long HR in Texas. Who knows, maybe even the Cubs might claim him.

BTW, Rich Hill is still hanging in there, looks like he might be a keeper. He did walk four in his last start and didn't get out of the first inning, but that was his first real blip so far. His curve ball has been outstanding, now he just needs to get it over consistently. But overall, he looks good.
Bill

Palos Heights, IL

#17 Jun 10, 2009
Wait till 2108 wrote:
Anyone know how that reliever they drafted in the first round last year is doing? I'd look it up myself, but for the life of me I can't remember his name.
That pitcher's name is Andrew Cashner and he is now starting for Daytona in High A. He has a 1.75 ERA in 25.2 IP. That is very good by my standards
Cub Talk

Hinsdale, IL

#18 Jun 10, 2009
In the last 20 years, have there been any really, really good that came out of the farm system?

Anyone remembers Earl Cunningham, Ty Waller, Lance Dickerson, Luis Montanez or Kris Harvey ?
Rod from Tennessee

AOL

#19 Jun 10, 2009
Jeez, i really do get tired of complaining, but it seems like the Cubs just can't help themselves to keep giving me reasons. I don't give a hoot what baseball America projected, those stats this guy had for 152 games in college with those aluminum bats is terrible. And then to know, that he has a loop in his swing which caused him to K, 1 out of 4 times up is horrible.

It's so frustrating, as we wonder why the Cubs never seem to develop talent into major leaguers. When you've got a scouting director as bad as this Wilkens guy is, making choices like this, it just seems to go from bad to worse.

Get the checkbook out Hendry, there's no doubt you'll have to continue overpaying for the has beens.
platoon

Brookfield, WI

#20 Jun 10, 2009
Another Brant Brown.

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