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June 2011



Boise Hawks Preview

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by Mark Sherrard of the Cubs Billy Goat Blog

With the draft in the books and the Cubs working diligently on signing their picks, its time for short-season (or Rookie) ball.

The Boise Hawks season got underway on Friday, with the Hawks splitting their first two games.  Here is a look at some of the players to watch on this year’s roster:

Kyler Burke, P – a former first round pick of the Padres, as an outfielder, the Cubs acquired Burke in 2007 for Michael Barrett.  With a career line of .244/.330/.387 over 5 minor league seasons, the Cubs decided to convert him to pitching this year to try to salvage his career.

Charles Thomas, P – another former position player (1B/3B), Thomas was converted to a reliever at the end of last season.  He reportedly throws in the high 90’s and it will be interesting to see what he can do over a full season.  He’s gotten out of the gates well, throwing 2 scoreless innings with 3 K’s in his first appearance of the season.

Austin Reed, P – a 12th round pick last year, Reed pitched well with the AZL Cubs (2.94 ERA and 34 K’s in 33.2 IP) and will look to build upon that success this year.

Benjamin Wells, P – a 7th round pick last year, Wells only pitched in 1 game after signing late and will get his first real taste of the minors this year.

Reggie Golden, OF – the highest profile player on this year’s roster is Golden, last year’s second round pick.  A 5-tool player in high school, Golden will probably be known more for his power than his speed as he grows and fills out.  He played only 4 games last year and will be looking to live up to his high expectations this year.

  • Buddy

    Hoping Golden can turn into something. Any word on his plate discipline?

  • Seymour Butts

    The Hawks play in the same league as the Rockies low A team that is in the town I live in. I saw several of their games last year as a friend from fantasy camp, Jody Davis, was their manager. He’s not whit them this year, but I will likely find my way to the ballpark at some point. Front row seats for under 410 are appealing….low A ball, not so much, thought I did see Jeff Samardzija make his pro debut on that field. The Rockies have had guys such as Tulowitzki here. Ted Lilly played in Yakima just down the road. If only you knew ahead of time which of these guys would be big leaguers. But that is the tricky part.

  • Seymour Butts

    stupid spellchecker. $10 not 410.

  • cap’n obvious

    Hey Seymour, what’d Jody order when you invariably had dinner?

  • I’m with Cap. Please fill us in on the details of the dinners with Jeff, Troy, and Ted as well.

  • Seymour Butts

    Dinners with Jody have been several, usually some sort of chicken, pizza or beef. One memorable one was a lobster ravioli. 6 gregging pieces for $35. I hate the kind of restaurants that Raker frequents, give me Subway.
    I’ve not had dinner with the others, though had a nice long conversation with Jeff thanks to a mutual non-baseball related friend.

  • Buddy

    I’ll never forget my brunch with Thad Bosley. That guy can eat!

  • Doc Raker

    Don’t be so modest Seymour, you are more of a Quizno’s guy than a Subway guy- Quizno’s toasts the sammich you know.
    I am more of an Italian beef sammich with hot peppers kinda a guy. If the beef ain’t around then Arnie Morton’s will do.

  • Dusty Baylor

    Golden’s plate discipline? From his physique, I’d guess he cleans his plate at every meal?