We head closer to the deadline for the Cubs to decide Mark Prior’s fate and hopefully the day we learn the Cubs have signed Fukudome. Both could come today. My guess is that Prior will be traded for small amounts of talent and Fukudome will sign the same day. It would make losing a player once considered a phenom for pennies a lot easier to bare. We’ll just have to wait and see. Until them, enjoy the selections for this week. Remember, if you run across something, take a minute and send me a note. I’d appreciate it.
Acquired from the Rays for 150K Lahey is an interesting arm from the Twins system, he’s only 25 and last year had a 3.65 ERA spending 78.1 of his 81.1 innings pitched in AA. He’s a reliever who may challenge for a Cubs’ bullpen spot, but honestly I can’t see him making it and I’d project him to be returned to the Twins. – (Source)
√¨He√≠s anywhere from 90 to 95 with a pretty good slider, decent changeup, He√≠s only been pitching for two years. He√≠s supposed to have a pretty good sinker. He pitched pretty well in Double-A for a guy that was only in his second full year. He√≠s a good-sized guy (6-foot-5, 250 pounds).” ~ Cubs Scouting Director, Tim Wilken (Source)
Lahey was a star catcher at Princeton, but he only lasted one year behind the plate before being moved to the mound, as his tremendous power was rendered valueless by a complete inability to make contact. On the mound, it√≠s been a different story. Lahey is absolutely massive at 6’5√Æ and 250 pounds, and he get a good downward plane on his splitter, which is his primary offering and gives him an excellent ground-ball ratio.
Chances To Stick: It would have been better with the Rays, where nearly any carbon-based life form would have a chance to make the bullpen, but even with the Cubs he could mop up here and there and develop into a decent middle reliever, but little more. ~ Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus (Source)
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