Re: Chicago Cubs Top 10 prospects (Compensation for Theo)
posted at 10/12/2011 12:23 PM EDT
I'm actually from Baton Rouge, LA and went to LSU at the same time as D.J. LeMahieu. Let me tell you, this dude is the real deal. He was clutch as they come at LSU, the best college baseball program in the country. He is tall, lean and can cover a freakish amount of ground. He started of as a SS, but was then moved to 2B(an unpopular decision here in BR) to make room for an incoming freshman. So, it wasn't because he couldn't field his position. He hits for average but has that ability, like Ellsbury, to develop power over time, once he gets stronger. I'm telling you, if the Sox could get this guy, I'd be extremely happy, and my best friend who is a Cubs fan, will be really angry. Plus, it'd be great to have him(who would arguably become our best hitting prospect) and Renaudo(arguably our best pitching prospect) reunite from their days at LSU. Hey, we could use a little chemistry right?
And one last thing: I don't understand the people who say they don't want any of these players. What if one of their pitchers turns out to be the next Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz? What if one of their infield prospects turns out to be the next Dustin Pedroia? You just don't know. And remember, it's not like we're trading Ellsbury for these prospects, we're getting as new GM, something you people have wanted for a long time. Ben Cherrington will step in and do great, we'll bolster our farm system without giving up a top of the line player, something that is rare to do, not to mention the 4 picks we had in the first 32 of the draft in June will start to shape, and boom, all of a sudden our farm will be good again. I feel like Cherrington's first order of buisness should be to get the farm going again. I miss those days where the young kids like Lester, Ellsbury, Buccholz, Pedroia, Papelbon and Youk all showed up around the same time and started to play well. The next wave should include the 2 prospects we get for Epstein, Middlebrooks, Kalish, Ranaudo, and Lavarnway. Frankly, I can't wait for the future. Epstein leaving is going to be a nice, fresh start, which is what this franchise needed. The pieces are there, let's bolster the farm and go after it.