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Chicago Cubs Top 20 In Review

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The Cubs list was first Posted November 19, 2008. Here is a look at how things have turned out. Remember this is the PRE-SEASON LIST!!!!!!! THIS IS NOT A NEW LIST!!!!!

1) Josh Vitters, 3B, Grade B+
     Now hitting .344/.386/.508 for short-season Boise. Has yet to prove himself at higher levels but is still very young.
2) Geovany Soto, C, Grade B+
     Hitting .288/.368/.519 for the Cubs. Looking good.
3) Sean Gallagher, RHP, Grade B
     Traded to Oakland in the Harden deal. Was holding his own in major league action. 4.25 ERA with 56/25 K/BB in 66 innings in the majors.
4) Eric Patterson, 2B-OF, Grade B
     Traded to Oakland. Hitting .333/.371/.565 in Triple-A. Change of scenery could help him a lot.
5) Tyler Colvin, OF, Grade B
      HItting .238/.306/.374 for Double-A Tennessee. Walk rate is up, but production is down.
6) Josh Donaldson, C, Grade B
     Traded to Oakland. A very disappointing season, hitting .217/.276/.349 in the Midwest League. On fire since the trade, hitting .433/.485/.867 for Stockton.
7) Donald Veal, LHP, Grade B-
     3.67 ERA with 80/54 K/BB in 103 innings for Double-A Tennessee. Command is still a big problem here.
8) Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Grade B-
     Was pitching poorly in Double-A. Promoted to Triple-A and suddenly started throwing strikes and pitching better. I have no clue at all what to expect out of this guy.
9) Jose Ceda, RHP, Grade B-
      1.65 ERA with 23/3 K/BB in 16 innings since being promoted to Double-A. All a matter of control for him.
10) Tony Thomas, 2B, Grade B-
      Hitting .271/.323/.411 with 16 steals in the Florida State League. Doing OK, capable of better.
11) Billy Petrick, RHP, Grade C+
     Has pitched just 11 innings in the Florida State League.
12) Kevin Hart, RHP, Grade C+
      Effective in the minors (3.35 ERA with 48/15 K/BB in 40 innings for Iowa), horrible in the majors (7.23 ERA with 14/13 K/BB in 19 innings).
13) Sam Fuld, OF, Grade C+
     Hitting .249/.348/.367 for Double-A Tennessee, obviously disappointing.
14) Jake Fox, C-1B, Grade C+
      Hitting .279/.364/.485 in Double-A. No real change, just a year older now.
15) Allesandro Maestri, RHP, Grade C+
      3.69 ERA with 66/27 K/BB in 78 innings in A-ball, just promoted to Double-A has 6.55 ERA with 10/3 K/BB in his first 11 innings, 14 hits allowed. Currently on the DL
16) Steve Clevenger, C, Grade C+
       .304/.390/.370 for Daytona. Good batting average and OBP, no power.
17) Mitch Atkins, RHP, Grade C
       Combined 11-6, 3.59 with a 95/31 K/BB between Double-A and Triple-A. Having a good year.
18) Mark Holliman, RHP, Grade C
        Combined 5.35 ERA and 54/41 K/BB in 69 innings with 78 hits between Double-A and Triple-A. NOT having a good year. Don't like the component ratios.
19) Matt Craig, 3B, Grade C
        Hitting .347/.500/.544 between Double-A and Triple-A, in 47 games. Excellent strike zone judgment this year.
20) Larry Suarez, RHP, Grade C
       Has pitched just 1.2 innings in the Arizona Rookie League. Two strikeouts, but three runs allowed.
21) Ryan Acosta, RHP, Grade C
        Made eight starts at Peoria (4.19 ERA with 25/9 K/BB in 34 innings) but now in the Arizona Rookie League.

As I wrote in the original commentary on the original list, the Cubs had a bunch of C+/C types and the list could vary greatly depending on what you wanted to emphasize. The Oakland trade obviously cuts the top of the system, at least the pre-season list.