LeMahieu was a 2nd round pick in '09 from that loaded CWS winning LSU team. He was LSU's SS during the championship run, but that's not where his future lies. He's an above average athlete so he's not eliminated from 2B or even SS in spot duty, but the size (6'4 195) and projection have many hoping he grows enough power to become a 3B. Personally, I feel like he profiles best as a modern, offensive minded 2B, even when he sees that power boom. He's been rated the best pure hitter in the Cubs' system by Baseball America heading into the year, and his career batting average sits at .325 in 984 minor league plate appearances.
The question of how much power is there and will come is an interesting one with him. As I previously mentioned, he's got projection left on him and there might be more power a-coming. I would even go so far as to say I like his chances in that area, as he's so good at making hard, clean contact without a ton of K's. His power numbers don't look all that impressive this year so far, but he's already tied last year's HR total (2) and he was well on his way to smacking a career high in 2Bs.
I'm honestly more confused about his plate discipline. He doesn't walk much with only 53 in 984 PAs in the minors, but he's only K'd 108 times in that span. He's posted BB% as high as 7.7% in the minors. This year his numbers look pretty similar to last year's numbers, but as I said he's posted higher BB numbers in the past. His numbers this year are 11 BBs and 22 K's...I can't think of a player with a similar skillset with these kind of numbers, so I won't bother. I'm curious as to what direction he goes in as far as BBs are concerned.
I think this guy has the chance to be a really good player moving forward. I distinctly remember him from that LSU team because of his blend of baseball skill, size, athleticism, and hitting talent. He was considered their savviest on field player, and the batting swing was built for line drives even then. I think he's got the potential to be a top tier offensive 2B in time, and he's been one of my favorite sleepers in the minors for a while now. Here's hoping things go well in this little call up, and he has a long prosperous, winning career.