Spotlight on Sean Gallagher (Player Page) – Sean is a guy that has been in the Cubs system since he was drafted in the 12th round of the 2004 draft out of high school. High school players tend to develop slower than college players due to the lack of experience at a competitive level. As a result, they tend to move through the system at a slower pace and don’t usually see the Majors for at least four years. Gallagher has pitched very well through the system fairly quickly, especially for someone drafted so low. In his second year, he saw both Peoria and Daytona. 2006 saw him start in Daytona but get promoted to AA, where he continued to pitch well. This season he’s been in AA, AAA, and even seen big league action with the Cubs. He’s not ready just yet to make an impact, but if he can continue to pitch well and get the experience he needs, he could be valuable down the stretch, and have an opportunity to make the club outright out of spring training.
John Sickels had the following to say about Gallagher in his prospect book (buy the book)
It has taken the scouts some time to warm up to Sean Gallagher, but his numbers have always been good, and his reputation is starting to match the numbers. He improved his fastball from 87 – 89 MPH to 90 – 93 MPH last summer, while also improving the consistency of his slider, curve, and changeup. He will throw any of his pitches at any point in the count, and has developed a reputation for strong pitching under pressure. He made a successful transition to Double-A last year. His walk rate spiked, but his K/IP and H/IP ratios remained strong., enabling him to keep his ERA below 3.00 despite the higher walk rate. I really like Gallagher, but I would like to see the walks come back down. If I were the Cubs, I’d start him in Double-A to begin 2007, with a promotion to Triple-A on the table by June if he continues to pitch well. Look for him in the majors sometime late in 2007 or in 2008. He projects as an inning-eating starter. Grade B</blockquote
News and Notes
The Cubs are expected to recall Ronny Cedeno for tonight’s game and option Jake Fox. I’m not sure why Fox goes and Moore stays, considering Fox has more versatility, but that’s why they run the team. =) Mike Downey weighs in on the recent death on the field (Source) Get to know Eric Patterson on the Iowa Cubs homepage (View Story) Kevin Goldstein weighs in on Kyler Burke, the OF picked up in the Michael Barrett trade from SD in his recent Monday Morning Ten Pack on Baseball prospectus.
Kyler Burke, OF, Short-Season Boise (Cubs)
Burke was the big prize of last month’s Michael Barrett trade, though the value of that prize was debatable, as San Diego’s supplemental fist-rounder from last year was hitting just .211/.305/.268 for Low A Fort Wayne at the time of the deal. Clearly not ready for a full-season league, the Cubs put the 19-year-old on their Northwest League roster, and he started his career with the organization in a 0-for-22 slump. Much like his new parent club, Burke has come alive in July, going deep on Sunday as part of a ten-game hot streak in which he’s gone 16-for-33 with five doubles and three home runs, which has raised his season averages at Boise to .283/.411/.517. Burke’s bat speed and power are both impressive, and there’s potential for him to shine in a system that’s pretty short on high-ceiling offensive prospects. (Source)
Tracked Players Results
AAA – Iowa – No Game AA – Tennessee 8, Carolina 7 High-A – Daytona 2, Palm Beach 6 A – Peoria 2, Fort Wayne 6 Short Season – Boise 15, Spokane 4 Arizona Rookie – Cubs 8, Rangers 0View the full organizational report from First Inning
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