Spotlight on Ryan Harvey (Player Page) – Ryan Harvey was the Cubs first round pick in 2003, 6th overall. He’s been a major disappointment to date, and yet continues to find himself in the prospect handbooks and rankings amoungst the top prospects in the the organization. The most frustrating thing about Harvey is the players taken below him in the 2003 draft. Let’s just list a few:

  • Nick Markakis – OF (Bal)
  • Paul Maholm – P (Pit)
  • Lastings Milledge – OF (NYM)
  • Conor Jackson – 3B (ARI)
  • Chad Cordero – P (WAS)
  • Carlos Quentin – OF (ARI)
  • Tony Gywnn Jr. – OF (MIL) – 2nd Round
  • Tom Gorzelanny – P (PIT) – 2nd Round
  • Jonathan Papelbon – P (BOS) – 4th Round
  • Ryan Braun – 3B (KC) – 6th Round
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff – 3B (CLE) – 6th RoundJohn Sickels had the following to say about Harvey in his prospect book (buy the book)

    2007 – Ryan Harvey’s scounting report has not changed. He’s toolsy. He has enormous power potential. He has an excellent arm and runs well. And he continues to swing at every pitch within ten zip codes of home plate. He’ll kill something if you let him get his arms extended over the fat part of the plate, but if you work him outside of the strike zone with breaking balls and changeups, he is helpless. His OPS was just +3 percent last year, despite the fact that he hit 20 homers in the Florida State League, a hard place for power hitters. His lack of on-base skills and his low batting average kept his production down despite all the power. Harvey is young enough to get better, but there are no hints of it happening, at least not in the numbers. Grade C

    2006 – I get a lot of questions from Cubs fans about Ryan Harvey. A first round pick in 2003, Harvey is an outstanding athelete with a lot of raw power. He knocked in 100 runs last year, giving him a reputation as a “run producer”, although please keep in mind that RBI is NOT a predictive or useful stat when analyzing the future of a prospect. Harvey kills fastballs, and saw enough of them last year to collect 56 extra-base hits and a decent +8 percent OPS, but he is still weak against breaking stuff and changeups, a fact reflected in his poor BB/K/AB ratio. He is a good fielder, with a very strong arm and good speed for a big guy. The knee injury which ruined his senior year of high school is no longer an issue. But his strike zone judgement is, and at this point I have enough doubts to keep him rated as a Grade C+ prospect despite his long term potential.</blockquote

    News and Notes

  • Kyle Reynolds has been promoted to Tennessee (AA) Tracked Players Results

    Team Results

  • AAA – Iowa 18, Colorado Springs 8
  • AA – Tennessee – No Game
  • High-A – Daytona 5, Palm Beach 2
  • High-A – Daytona 6, Palm Beach 3
  • A – Peoria – No Game
  • Short Season – Boise 4, Vancouver 3
  • Arizona Rookie – Cubs – No GameView the full organizational report from First Inning

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