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Name That Prospect

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If you’re like me, you enjoy trivia. There is something about rolling on at home Jeopardy that just makes you feel like king of the dorks. Today we give you that opportunity with another edition of Name That Prospect.

RULES – I give you the scouting report from an old prospect handbook in my closet and you have to identify the prospect they are talking about. Your only clue is that the player in question has ties to the Chicago Cubs organization. No other hints. Put your guess in the comments and I’ll reveal tomorrow.

“I had some suspicions about how ____________ would do at higher levels, based on his somewhat shaky strike zone judgement. I thought he could lose some points in batting average and OBP, but I didn’t think he would totally suck like he did at Daytona (OPS -6 percent). He knocked 16 homers, but otherwise he was ineffective. I have yet to hear a completely satisfying explanation as to why this happened. There was no obvious health problem. His strikeout rate wasn’t that high. My friend Jim Callis of Baseball America theorizes that _________ panicked after a slow start and tried too hard to hit for power, inhibiting his production across the board. This fits in with what Florida State League observers say, and is as good an explanation as any, although I’m not sure it’s the whole story, as ____________’s K-rate actually improved somewhat compared to 2004. Usually when a guy freaks out, lengthens his swing, and tries to hit the hell out of everything, his strikeout rate spikes. It’s important that _____________ gets his hitting back in gear, given that he doesn’t offer much in the way of defense. My guess is that he will stabilize somewhere between his ’04 & ’05 numbers.” ~ John Sickels

  • cap’n obvious

    I’ll say Matt Murton. Or Jake Fox. I’m 50-50, but I’d bet it’s one or the other.

    • Jedi

      I don’t Murton ever hit 16 HRs (in one year) at a professional level in the States – I could be wrong…I’m pulling a CAPS and I’m not willing to take the time to Google it.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I believe that in this case using google is akin to cheating. I took my guess and then did the google thing and found out I was wrong.

      • Eddie Von White

        You are to be admired.

      • Jedi

        I meant that I wouldn’t be taking the time to check Murton’s annual HR totals at a professional level.

      • PLCB3

        His high was 13 in 2005. His only full season in the majors, played 144 games.

      • Jedi

        Would’ve expected his best season to come in the minors…that’s pathetic. Congrats on using the web.

      • PLCB3

        That was only his MLB numbers. And I was one season off, it was 2006. My fault on the typo. Because the scouting report says 2004 and 2005, I presumed that this is a player that did not make their MLB debut until 2006 or later, or only had a cup of coffee in the majors through 2005. That’s why I said at first I was going to guess Murton and the Patterson brothers but then said no. He had 13 in the minors in 2004.

  • cap’n obvious

    I’ll say Matt Murton. Or Jake Fox. I’m 50-50, but I’d bet it’s one or the other.

    • Jedi

      I don’t think Murton ever hit 16 HRs (in one year) at a professional level in the States – I could be wrong…I’m pulling a CAPS and I’m not willing to take the time to Google it.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I believe that in this case using google is akin to cheating. I took my guess and then did the google thing and found out I was wrong.

      • Eddie Von White

        You are to be admired.

      • Jedi

        I meant that I wouldn’t be taking the time to check Murton’s annual HR totals at a professional level.

      • AC0000000

        His high was 13 in 2005. His only full season in the majors, played 144 games.

      • Jedi

        Would’ve expected his best season to come in the minors…that’s pathetic. Congrats on using the web.

      • AC0000000

        That was only his MLB numbers. And I was one season off, it was 2006. My fault on the typo. Because the scouting report says 2004 and 2005, I presumed that this is a player that did not make their MLB debut until 2006 or later, or only had a cup of coffee in the majors through 2005. That’s why I said at first I was going to guess Murton and the Patterson brothers but then said no. He had 13 in the minors in 2004.

  • Chuck

    Jake Fox

  • Chuck

    Jake Fox

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Josh Donaldson

  • Micah Hoffpauir?

  • PLCB3

    Soto

  • Seymour Butts

    Sickels used the phrase “totally suck” in a prospect handbook?

    Cornelius Mcgillicuddy?

  • Seymour Butts

    Sickels used the phrase “totally suck” in a prospect handbook?

    Cornelius Mcgillicuddy?

  • Jedi

    The HRs thing is throwing me off…I want to say Felix Pie, but I doubt he ever hit 16 HRs in a minor league season.

    I’m going to guess Robinson Chirinos.

  • Jedi

    The HRs thing is throwing me off…I want to say Felix Pie, but I doubt he ever hit 16 HRs in a minor league season.

    I’m going to guess Robinson Chirinos.

  • PLCB3

    I was going to say Murton but he had a good chunk of time with the mlb team in 2005

  • AC0000000

    I was going to say Murton but he had a good chunk of time with the mlb team in 2005

  • Doc Raker

    KKorey Patterson

    • PLCB3

      I was going to guess him and Eric next, but Corey was on the MLB team in 2001, and Eric was drafted in 2004.

  • Doc Raker

    KKorey Patterson

    • AC0000000

      I was going to guess him and Eric next, but Corey was on the MLB team in 2001, and Eric was drafted in 2004.

  • Rugger1053

    Brian Dopirak

    • Buddy

      Geo Soto?

    • Joe Aiello

      Dopirak is correct. Well Done!!!

      • PLCB3

        Why didn’t we call him up after Lee broke his wrist in 2006?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Read the scouting report!

      • PLCB3

        He took over 1B in spring training in 2006 and was doing really well while Lee was away for the WBC.

      • Jedi

        What are you suggesting CAPS? That somehow a guy who never caught on at the MLB level for any team – never so much as played in the majors for a day…a guy who at the end of 2005 had only played high-A ball…a guy who John Sickels said totally sucked…somehow THAT guy should’ve vaulted from a handful of AA at-bats to replacing the #3 hitter in the Cubs order? And to what end? Are you suggesting that the 2006 Cubs would’ve been better off for it? That 66-96 turns into respectability if only we had the balls to promote and play a 22-year-old kid who’d never played AA until AFTER that Spring Training where you say he played so wonderfully?

      • PLCB3

        I must be confusing him with another 1B who filled in for Lee that also was not called up. I believe his name was Brandon Singh or something along those lines

      • Jedi

        Even better, so a 20th round pick that had never played above AA. That’s who you’re disappointed about not promoting 7 years ago…

      • He actually had a cameo in LaHair and Murton’s sitcom. D-Lee was supposed to fly in for a fundraiser (sushi eating competition) to benefit the Fukushima reactor clean-up effort. Singh showed up instead, wearing a Lee jersey and fake goatee. It was pretty great.

      • Doc Raker

        Jason DuBois maybe? Remember he played with the Cubs and then was traded to Cleveland. I saw him hit a home run in a spring training minor league game at Fitch Park after his stint in the bigs and he just didn’t look happy. It was like he knew it didn’t matter how many home runs he hit again in AAA he wasn’t going to get back into the bigs. He was a big dude and hit the ball hard.

      • PLCB3

        He was sent to the Tribe in 2005.

      • Doc Raker

        He was back with the Cubs AAA team in 2010, that’s when I saw him hit his jack, just crushed it, those fields at Fitch are big. He knew his big league career was over, he didn’t look happy. I felt bad for him, and seeing how big and strong he was and how good his swing looked I was amazed that he couldn’t hit in the bigs.

      • The report that is in Joe’s closet? Yes…do that and check back in with us.

  • Rugger1053

    Brian Dopirak

    • Buddy

      Geo Soto?

    • Joe Aiello

      Dopirak is correct. Well Done!!!

      • AC0000000

        Why didn’t we call him up after Lee broke his wrist in 2006?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Read the scouting report!

      • AC0000000

        He took over 1B in spring training in 2006 and was doing really well while Lee was away for the WBC.

      • Jedi

        What are you suggesting CAPS? That somehow a guy who never caught on at the MLB level for any team – never so much as played in the majors for a day…a guy who at the end of 2005 had only played high-A ball…a guy who John Sickels said totally sucked…somehow THAT guy should’ve vaulted from a handful of AA at-bats to replacing the #3 hitter in the Cubs order? And to what end? Are you suggesting that the 2006 Cubs would’ve been better off for it? That 66-96 turns into respectability if only we had the balls to promote and play a 22-year-old kid who’d never played AA until AFTER that Spring Training where you say he performed so wonderfully?

      • AC0000000

        I must be confusing him with another 1B who filled in for Lee that also was not called up. I believe his name was Brandon Singh or something along those lines

      • Jedi

        Even better, so a 20th round pick that had never played above AA. That’s who you’re disappointed about not promoting 7 years ago…

      • He actually had a cameo in LaHair and Murton’s sitcom. D-Lee was supposed to fly in for a fundraiser (sushi eating competition) to benefit the Fukushima reactor clean-up effort. Singh showed up instead, wearing a Lee jersey and fake goatee. It was pretty great.

      • Doc Raker

        Jason DuBois maybe? Remember he played with the Cubs and then was traded to Cleveland. I saw him hit a home run in a spring training minor league game at Fitch Park after his stint in the bigs and he just didn’t look happy. It was like he knew it didn’t matter how many home runs he hit again in AAA he wasn’t going to get back into the bigs. He was a big dude and hit the ball hard.

      • AC0000000

        He was sent to the Tribe in 2005.

      • Doc Raker

        He was back with the Cubs AAA team in 2010, that’s when I saw him hit his jack, just crushed it, those fields at Fitch are big. He knew his big league career was over, he didn’t look happy. I felt bad for him, and seeing how big and strong he was and how good his swing looked I was amazed that he couldn’t hit in the bigs.

      • The report that is in Joe’s closet? Yes…do that and check back in with us.

  • Buzzy

    Brandon Moss

  • Buzzy

    Brandon Moss