We begin the roundup with a look at the second base position in the system so far. The other day we took a look at catcher and found that we’ve got a couple names making some noise. Let’s take a look now at 2B.

Stats current through 4/20/09 courtesy of Baseball Reference

Taking a look at this position, there is really only one name that has me excited about the future, Tony Thomas. Thomas comes in as one of the top players in the system as ranked by John Sickels. In his prospect handbook, he mentioned:

Thomas was drafted in the third round in ’07, out of Florida State, earning the slot after a breakthrough junior season. He continued to perform well in short-season ball after signing, but his skills regressed last year in the Florida State League. His plate discipline deteriorated against more advanced pitching. He had a harder time stealing bases, and observers were
unimpressed with his defense at second. His defensive statistics were actually not bad for Daytona, a strong .989 fielding percentage and an above-average range factor being positives, but scouts don’t like his actions around the bag and have been complaining about his range and mobility for years. I’m more concerned about the slippage in his strike zone judgment. If he hits they can find a place for him to play, but he’s got to get back to what he was doing in ’07 for his bat to rebound. I still think Thomas is interesting, but adjustments must be made.

The other name making noise is Bobby Scales, but at this point, he’s probably too old to get excited about.

Results from 4/20/09

AAA – Iowa 7, Round Rock 5

  • Jason Dubois went 3-for-4
  • Jake Fox went 1-for-4, but had another extra base hit (double)

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AA – Tennessee 4, West Tenn 3

  • Tony Thomas went 2-for-5 with a HR The Sicilian movies
  • Wellington Castillo went 0-for-4 with four K’s

High A – Daytona 6, Dunedin 2 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith dvdrip

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To view the entire organizational recap of box scores, be sure to visit the Cubs page on FirstInning.com

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