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The Chicago Cubs’ front office has not so secretly coveted 22-year-old first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from the Padres since Yonder Alonso took Rizzo’s job. And now they’ve got their man.

Today the Cubs announced that they’ve acquired Rizzo, together with pitcher Zach Cates for pitcher Andrew Cashner and outfield prospect Kyung-Min Na.

Rizzo has been discussed here at length before, but here’s a notable selection:

Rizzo, who just turned 22 in August, is the top prospect in a very, very good Padres’ system. Rizzo was a top 100 prospect in all of baseball going into 2011, and then all he did was put up an eye-popping .331/.404/.652 line, with 26 homers and 34 doubles in just 93 games. Those numbers are great even for the PCL, particularly for a 21-year-old. Before 2011, Rizzo’s minor league numbers were good, if unremarkable, but he was young at every level, and was consistent after each promotion. Rizzo is also believed to be an above average defender at first base.

Rizzo was called up late last year for a cup of coffee, and struggled mightily, hitting just .141/.281/.252 in 153 plate appearances (love that IsoD, though, eh?). Very few saw that as a reason for concern, however.

Rizzo was drafted by the Red Sox under Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod, so their interest is, of course, understandable. Given his age and lack of success in the bigs last year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Cubs let Bryan LaHair break camp as the Cubs’ starting first baseman, giving Rizzo additional time to develop at AAA. Otherwise, Rizzo is the Cubs’ starting first baseman right out of the gate, and, yes, almost certainly takes the Cubs out of the running for Prince Fielder.

Cates, who just turned 22, was the Padres’ 3rd round pick in 2010 (again, Hoyer/McLeod), and spent 2011 in A ball, pitching adequately, if unspectacularly. Cates struck out 8.5 per 9, which is great, but walked 4 per 9, which is not. Obviously the new guys in charge must have been fans.

Cates is probably a fair swap for Na, 20, who is himself a legit prospect. A quality young outfielder, Na has a great deal of upside, but is still a long way from the  Majors. Given the Cubs’ depth in low-minors outfield prospects, Na was expendable.

And, ah, Andrew Cashner.

Going into 2011, he was primed for a breakout season in the rotation. His first start didn’t disappoint – or, at least, it wouldn’t have, if it hadn’t been his only start. Recurrent rotator cuff issues ended Cashner’s season, and he was set to pitch out of the pen in 2012. To be sure, Cashner is an extremely talented pitcher, but, given the injuries and the likelihood he’d be in the pen in the near-term, he was a piece the Cubs could afford to shop. If Cates is a fair swap with Na, landing Rizzo for Cashner is likewise a fair move.

Given the Cubs’ long-term needs, and the relative depth of their pen, I can’t call this anything but a win for the Cubs. It was probably also a win for the Padres, which is just fine with me.

Obviously I’ll have much, much more on this trade in the coming days.

  • Ashley

    Great trade for the Cubs. I was and have always been a big Cashner fan but Rizzo was what we needed and I am ok parting with Cash.

  • TSB

    Let’s hope Rizzo has a great spring, makes the team, and plays great for the first half of the season so we can trade him for prospects at the deadline.It’s the Cub fan way!

    • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

      what? seriously?

      • TSB

        Rule #1 for the modern Cub fan: Minor league prospects (in particular other teams’ prospects) are always better than what the Cubs have on the major league roster. Once a player makes the big club, he is only good for trading for more prospects.

        • LOL

          That isn’t true and hasn’t been true of the Cubs at all for a long time? Are you confusing the Pirates and the Cubs?

  • ISU Birds

    Greg Maddux all over again…..maybe.

    But this did make me smile. In Jedstein we believe!

    • DRock

      So, you are comparing Cashner to Maddux? Hmm…

  • JulioZuleta

    Muskat just tweeted that Rizzo will start the year at AAA. Take it for what it’s worth.

    • Randy

      Muskat is a moron, she only states the obvious and only answers the same stupid questions. She claims to have inside information and just copies what other people report.

      • JulioZuleta

        I’m not a huge fan either. But to be fair, she said that was according to Hoyer.

    • MXB

      Makes sense to have Rizzo start at AAA. If Rizzo tears up spring training and AAA, and LaHair starts slow, bring Rizzo up in May/June.

      • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

        Depends how the season is going, if the Cubs are tanking big time then they may hold off Rizzo until the deadline (rough estimation of when he would be safe from Super 2) and then let him be the 1b from Aug 1 – Oct 1 and run with him in 2013.

        If it is close, then they might bring him up to be a spark.

  • CBP

    Who is our top prospect now? Jackson or Rizzo? And what will happen with Lahair?

    • JulioZuleta

      Rizzo.

      • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

        agree, Rizzo by a mile.

        LaHair starts the year at 1st unless Hoyer and McLeod think he is 100% ready for big time and don’t mind starting his service time a year early.

        2012 will forever be known as the Lightning in a Bottle year.  Either we get the 1.2 gigawatts contained or the bottle explodes

        • JasonB

          For the first time that I can remember, I don’t agree with either of you.  I don’t think anyone can definitively say that Rizzo is far and away the better prospect.  Rizzo has immense power potential and should be a very good player but he does it at a position where you have to have a great offensive game just to be considered above average.  Jackson, on the other hand, is expected to put up great offensive numbers at a premium defensive position.

          Kevin Goldstein has Jackson as a 5 star and Rizzo as a 4 star.  Sickels hasn’t come out with his Jackson ranking (although it will be available shortly) but has Rizzo as a B+.  I’d find it hard to believe that BJax would be ranked lower than that level.

          Rizzo ranking as our #1 prospect is not a slam dunk.

          • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

            Jim Callis on Twitter has Rizzo as the Cubs #3 prospect, behind both Jackson and Javier Baez.

            To put that in perspective, he still has a Rizzo as a league wide Top 50 guy.

            • JulioZuleta

              I would respectfully disagree. I would put Rizzo at #1. There’s an argument for Jackson, but I could never put an 18 year old who has played all of 5 games at rookie ball above a guy who mashed as a 21 year old at AAA. Callis knows a hell of a lot more than I do though. Nice to now we have 3 top 50s. Could have 5 if we trade Garza.

              Pleasantly surprised to see all the Jackson love by the national guys. Most people never had him above a B or 4 stars because of the whole “good at everything, great at nothing” stigma. If Rizzo is 3rd, and in the top 50, I’d love to hear what Jackson is. If they were both to break camp with the big boys, we might have a nice little Rookie of the Year battle at the Friendly Confines.

              • JB88

                Callis has Jackson at No. 28

                • JasonB

                  #28 for 2012?  Or is that a 2011 ranking?

              • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

                I doubt Szczur is much out of the Top 50. Throw in Junior Lake, and the Cubs could have 5 guys in the Top 100. That’s not too shabby for a farm system Peter Gammons declared to be one of the three worst in all baseball.

                I’m struggling with where to add Rizzo on my Top 21. Pre-Rizzo, it read Jackson, Szczur, McNutt, Baez. Right now I’m thinking Rizzo might be the new #2, the tie going to Jackson because of the premium on defense in center. On the other hand, I think Rizzo has far more upside at the plate than Jackson. But Jackson plays center. But…

                Oh well. I’m not likely to revamp my Top 21 until after a Garza trade does or doesn’t happen. I haven’t decided what to do with Torreyes yet anyway.

                • JulioZuleta

                  I like your thinkin’. I also am very high on Lake. I know he has a high risk of being a nobody, but I also think he is one of 2 (now 3) guys in the organization with absolute superstar potential (Baez and Rizzo). Jackson is a safe bet to be a very good major leaguer, maybe even an All Star 3 or 4 times, but I can’t see him being a superstar.

                  Speaking of Szczur, I’d venture a guess that if Jackson pans out, he’ll be a guy to be traded once we are out of rebuilding and into competing in a year or two.

                  • Tommy

                    I’m with you, Julio. I like Jackson, but it would not surprise me to see him traded. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cubs move any prospect brought in from the previous regime.

                    We can look at all the prospect ratings charts we want, but the fact is, the Cubs have their own list and they don’t seem shy about trading prospects for prospects to reshape the farm system. I think there are moves aplenty still to come, and not just with the Major League players.

            • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

              can you tell me abit more about beaz?

              • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

                Cubs first round draft pick in 2011. Said to have the best bat speed in the entire draft. Played SS in high school, but his size and power projections strongly imply a move to third base. Will most likely start the 2012 season in Boise (if he is in shape) or Arizona (if he isn’t). Projects as the third baseman of the future… but he’s got a fight on his hands to hold onto that title.

                • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

                  thanks for the 411

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    who bats behind rizzo? castro bats in front of him, great protection for him, but who protects our new first baseman in the line up? pretty important for a rookie.

    • JasonB

      So Rizzo is going from sub-Mendoza line hitter in SD in 2011 to the middle of our lineup?  I think we all need to lower our expcetations just a tad here.  Rizzo is a pretty good prospect and we think he can develop into a top notch 1B.  But he’s also just 22 years old and struggled during his cup of coffee in the bigs last year – he isn’t saving this franchise overnight and putting up a .280/.360/.520 slash line next year.

    • Tommy

      Loyal – I still would guess to see LaHair as our opening day 1st baseman. Theo has already said as much, and as of yet, hasn’t retracted that statement. If I were in his shoes, I’d want to give the 29 year old kid a shot at first and let Rizzo get a little more time in the minors. If LaHair does well, they’ll try to turn him into more prospects down the road, and open the spot up for Rizzo later this year or next.

      • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

        yea that is the way its been written… and that seems to be the smart thing. i hope Lahair is all that… he would make a great trade piece and from what i here if he really blows up in the bigs could shift to play right or left field.

  • Cedlandrum

    I honestly don’t like this trade even a little bit. If you are going to talk about building for the future it makes sense to trade for Rizzo. He is a fine prospect. He is a great option at 1st base for the Cubs. That said we are devoid of any real top of the rotation arms and we just traded 1 of the 2 guys in our entire system that have that ability. The other is McNutt. On top of that we are actively trying to trade Garza. In my opinion if they don’t get someone for Garza of Cashner’s ilk then all of these other trades are for nothing.

    You can’t trade Cashner and replace him in a sense with Volstad and Wood. That statistically speaking is like acquiring 2 more Wells. They have more upside then Wells, but at this point I would actually take Wells as more reliable then those two.

    I understand the need to get a 1st baseman. I understand the need for depth in the starting staff, but don’t trade the quality of that staff for numbers so you can have a 1st baseman. Trading Volstad, Wood and others for Rizzo would have made more sense.

    • JulioZuleta

      I don’t think Cashner will ever stick as a starter. He hasn’t started in years. He threw 6 innings last years and that caused a season ending shoulder injury.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I can only assume that this front office didn’t believe Cashner could make it, long-term, as a starter.

      • Wilbur

        From someone who’s organized baseball career flamed out in the eighth grade with a .167 BA and therefore gives me no standing as a baseball talent evaluater, Cashner will never be a starter. The skill is certainly there, but the ability to rack up the innings without injury are not.

    • Skinner

      Cashner is a significant question mark going forward for many, many reasons, he’s hardly an established top shelf pitcher at this point. Chances are good he ends up as a solid bullpen piece and little more. Rizzo on the other hand could be a cornerstone. We need young high-ceiling bats just as much, if not more than we need young pitching.

    • ferrets_bueller

      Cashner is not a comparison to garza, wells, volstad, or wood.  Why?  Because he’s a relief pitcher.  The guy is not starting pitcher material.

    • Kyle

      Wood >>>>>> Wells === Volstad.

      And all three have a significantly better chance of being a starter than Cashner.

    • Randy

      You realize that Cashner is 26 yrs old this year and would have been pitching out of the bullpen? That means he would be 27 before he ever cracked the rotation. So lets say that Cashner has 2 good seasons, and 2 great seasons as a starter. He would be 31 years old, on the down side of his career going into free agency where he would command a lot of money. Of course there is the chance that he becomes a closer instead of a starter (better odds). A everyday player is way more valuable then a closer. Now if Rizzo is turns into the player we hope he will be, the Cubs traded 4 years of Cashner for 14 Years of Rizzo. Seems like we got the better end of the deal here.

    • MXB

      Shoulder injuries to hard throwing pitchers limit the number of pitches they can throw (see Prior, Mark). Cashner at best could only be a long reliever. He is not suited for starting (was a reliever in high school and the minors) and only recently (end of 2010) stretched out to try to become a starter and that failed quickly in 2011.

      • Boog

        see also Rich Harden

    • Stephen

      Cedlandrum…I’m afraid Im going to have to ask you to leave after that comment.

      • Ced landrum

        Well at least your response was well thought out

  • MichCubFan

    Is this pending a physical or is that already done?  I would have to worry a little bit about Cashner passing if he hasn’t taken it yet.

  • Skinner

    Love the trade. Seems somewhat even on the surface, but when considering Cashner’s injury history and Rizzo’s potential…woah.

  • Eric

    Is it just me, but with those huge shoulders and arms, does Rizzo kinda look like Superman in that picture to anyone else?

    • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

      more so than dwight howard

  • Stephen

    Just when I think Theo cant get anymore boring, he goes and does something like this…AND TOTALLY REDEEMS HIMSELF!!!!!

  • http://bleachernation.com Butch Cub

    Although Cashner could develop into a top-of-rotation guy, he is more suited for the pen based on his arm issues. Rizzo has the potential to be not only an everyday player, but a 30HR 100 RBI guy for many years.

  • JulioZuleta

    Castro, Rizzo, and Jackson is a pretty sweet core of position players to build around. All three have to tools to become great defenders and bring very different elements to the table.

  • cedarpip

    This is a great time to be a Cub fan. Can’t wait for spring training to start. This is the first time I an remember since I’ve been a Cub fan that a tangible plan is in place to make the team better. Theo is getting the players we need, making the proper sacrifices and doing, at least from the outside looking in, what needs to be done. Now trade Soriano and let’s go.

  • pfk

    Man, I really like the way these guys operate and the way Ricketts is supporting them. I love the way they are putting together this ball club and the organization. I’ve been on a high since the day Theo & Co. were hired and haven’t come down since. Can you imagine the moves yet to come? Times are a changing at Wrigley! We should consistently be up there with New York, Boston and Philly and we will be. In time the Cubs will be an annual powerhouse. Add to this a newly renovated ball park, the Triangle building, etc. and what a great place Wrigley will be to spend a day or an evening.

    • Fishin Phil

      I know what you mean.  I have to pinch myself at least a couple of times a week.

  • rbreeze

    Lets all remember this feeling when we are 15 games out at the all-star break.  But this is the price we have to pay to get to the success we all want for the Cubs!!!   Way to go Theo and Jed!!!

    • Mike

      *Noted

  • Mick

    Wow, I thought we might need to spend more assets such as Byrd, Barney, and Jackson in an effort to acquire Rizzo. The Cashner part of the trade is a bit confusing being we have minimum long-term starting pitching depth in terms of control but in any trade you have to give in order to recieve. Cashner has always been kind of a question mark so I’m suprised he was valued high enough to acquire Rizzo. I’m real happy with this deal and Theo and Jed have been doing some work. It’s like they have a huge checklist and they’re just going down the list one thing at a time. It’s pretty telling that Garza and Soriano aren’t invited to the Cubs convention so, I have a pretty good idea what’s coming next on the checklist.

    • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

      cashner never pitched more than 100 innings in a season and that was at AA. to consider cashner a valuable asset out of the system, you have to assume hes going to live up to the hype that surrounded him through out his career. that is hype he never lived up to and hype that major arm reconstruction makes that much more unlikely. great trade for the cubs… huge gamble for the pads

  • OlderStyle

    cool.
    Well, they might as well go whole hog now and deal Byrd, Soriano, Soto and Dempster.

  • Cheryl

    You have LaHair at 1st base, Rizzo at AAA and will spend maybe a year there, the Cubs drafted at least 3 first basemen this past year who will take time to develop. Seems like there will be a crunch there if all of them develop. So what is next? At least one will be traded come summer and I hope its not our second round draft pick. We need to see how good that guy is.

    • Kyle

      It’s very, very unlikely that all the low minors guys develop. If you are very lucky, one of them will become a major leaguer.

    • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

      If the Cubs wind up trading Vogelbach, it won’t be for two or three years at the earliest. If Rizzo becomes a great major league first baseman and Vogelbach is putting up video game numbers in AA or higher, then the Cubs will have to think about trading one of them. That’s a good problem to have, though, and not worth worrying about until it happens.

      No team ever regretted having too much depth.

  • DRock

    Love the Rizzo trade, but am I the only one a little bummed we aren’t getting Fielder now? Forgive me if anyone else already posted this…

    • OlderStyle

      I am, but we’re the minority. It’s ok, though. Total rebuild is fine with me. I wonder how well it will play out with the Wrigley crowds through the coming season.

      • JulioZuleta

        I’m more excited to watch this year than I have been in a few years, even though I know we will struggle mightily.

        • OlderStyle

          again, we may be in minority. Paying those prices for tix, beer and ‘dogs and still only winning 75 games will be hard sell for a lot of folks.

          • hardtop

            75? I would be satisfied with that.

            • OlderStyle

              75 is probably a characteristically optimistic Cub fan number.

          • DRock

            True that. This season will weed out a lot of fans who want to win by throwing money at the best FA available like we did under Spendry.

            • OlderStyle

              there have been times that I’ve been one of those fans. I have felt like I’ve been a loyal fan long enough and witnessed enough nauseating mediocrity to deserve a “quick fix”. But with the new regime I have a renewed sense of optimism and accompanying patience to see this through.

              • DRock

                Me too, Olderstyle…On that note, let’s toast an Old Style to the new regime and the rebuild! Let’s just hope we are all still alive to see “IT” happen!

                • OlderStyle

                  Agreed. Cheers to you, DRock.
                  And on the day “IT” happens, well, plenty more.

        • Fishin Phil

          Ditto!

        • BetterNews

          We’ve struggled mightily for a long time. Even though the 2008 Cubs boasted a great record with 97 wins, lets be honest. Wasn’t there a sicking feeling in the stomach heading into the Dodgers playoff series. It was all downhill after that. Starting that uphill climb again, and will take time.

          • DRock

            So true. Never have felt “good” about any of the teams going into the playoffs in recent memory even after good regular seasons (with the exception of maybe the 2003 team). This rebuild will definitely take time since we are actually doing it the right way for once.

            • Toosh

              Always felt the Cubs would lose in the playoffs, starting in ’84.

      • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

        you will love it too when fielder becomes the next greg vagn, and you see in retrospect the huge contract we didnt sign, and the team dealing with that very problem.

  • Big Joe

    The future just got a little brighter. The 2012 team? Oh, they just found out they’re going to have to score eight runs per game to have a shot at winning…

    • WGNstatic

      Funny, I was thinking that with the lack of offense the pitching was going to have to throw shut outs every game.

      sadly, we both are probably right.

      • hardtop

        and with the team HR total likely to be under 40, they’re going to have to get a LOT of infield RBI. Should be an interesting season to watch…. as long as you’re not expecting to see a win.
        im kidding (kinda)

  • BetterNews

    I really like what I’m seeing. The Rizzo deal works for both clubs. Hate to see Cash go but that’s the price of a good trade and I understand that. Thank God the Cubs didn’t cave to Fielder and Scott Borass! Sorry, meant Boras.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    cashner never pitched more than 100 innings in a season and that was at AA. to consider cashner a valuable asset out of the system, you have to assume hes going to live up to the hype that surrounded him through out his career. that is hype he never lived up to and hype that major arm reconstruction makes that much more unlikely. great trade for the cubs… huge gamble for the pads

    • http://BleacherNation Mugsy

      You are spot on with Cashner and although young players are always a gamble, I’ll take my chances with Rizzo.

  • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

    Jim Callis just mentioned in a tweet that he has Brett Jackson rated higher than Anthony Rizzo.

    That strikes me as being a nice compliment for Jackson.

    • BetterNews

      For sure!

  • die hard

    Lots of errors in minors…..has pop but can he hit breaking pitches? Well at least gives us fans something to look forward to which is also part of Theo’s job…maintaining fan interest sells lots of tkts and what better timing than upcoming convention.

    • ferrets_bueller

      I think the question isn’t can he hit breaking pitches, its can he hit major league fastballs?  With his current swing, its doubtful.  If I had to compare what ive seen to any recent Cubs player…it would be Colvin.  Not as bad as Colvin, but a similar issue with length and loopyness.

      • Kansas Cubs Fan

        Do you think it’s fixable?

        • ferrets_bueller

          Definitely, especially considering his makeup.  Its just something that might take time…which would be my guess as to why Hoyer pretty much said that he’s going to start out in the minors.  Its not nearly as bad as Colvin, or even a guy like Domonic Brown.  And unlike Brown, I doubt Rizzo would offer much resistance to hitting coaches trying to fix it a little.

          • Kansas Cubs Fan

            I don’t know if it’s good or bad that we have two hitting coach’s with supposedly different hitting styles. I hope to see Rizzo in ST with the big club so Sveum and Rudy can check him out.

      • BetterNews

        I think Colvin’s problem was discipline at the plate.

      • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

        The stats don’t quite hold up that comparison. Comparing Rizzo to Colvin at the same levels of the minors, Rizzo easily out hit Colvin every step of the way. Rizzo’s minor league career OPS is about .100 higher than Colvin’s. Factor in the large difference (in favor of Rizzo) in their walk rates, and the comparison breaks down further. If their swings were similar enough to project them having similar problems in the majors, we should be seeing more comparable numbers in the minors. That probably means there is more wrong with Colvin than just his swing (pitch selection, perhaps).

        Really, the guy that Rizzo seems to statistically compare best with is LaHair.

        • die hard

          I see Dave Kingman potential and maybe Cubs next LF

        • BetterNews

          Luke–Good post

        • ferrets_bueller

          The comparison had nothing to do with stats, approach, or anything other than a pure scouting viewpoint- they both have very long, loopy swings.  While Colvin’s is longer and loopier…its still the most valid recent comparison.  I was in no way saying that Rizzo is Colvin, simply stating that they both share a similar issue, although Colvins is worse- and its compounded by a horrible approach.  Rizzo’s isn’t.

          • BetterNews

            Ferrets–it did sort of sound like that.

    • die hard

      good point. Looks like Theo wants his mistakes, not someone else’s. So, next move could be getting Crawford, if stories are true that Theo wanted him.

  • Boog

    I like where this is heading. The free agent class for SP next season is going to be ridiculous. We got a 1B to build on without giving up a bunch of money, and we will have a good deal of money coming off of the books after this season. If we can sign a couple of Cain, Grienke, Hamels, Liriano, Anibel Sanchez or Jonathan Sanchez next offseason, we might be able to make a quick turnaround in 2013.

  • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

    The best part is we don’t have to have a Fielder albatross around our necks for 7 years!

    • hardtop

      and what a large albatross it would have been… my neck hurts just thinking about it.

  • Mick

    Since the trade is basically Cashner for Rizzo from our perspective, it’s interesting to look at it from the Padres point of view. In the three trades they’ve made recently…

    Padres gave up: Latos, Rizzo, Cates, Castro, and Hernandez

    Padres recieved: Alonso, Volquez, Grandal, Boxberger, Cashner, Na, and Quentin

    From a Padres perspective, they’ve really upgraded their MLB lineup while also adding some fine minor league prospects. They’ve gone from an NL West pretender to contender in the matter of weeks.

    • ferrets_bueller

      When you put all the deals together like that…its pretty ridiculous.  Obviously, the big loss is the top of the rotation guy, without anything to really replace him, but otherwise…wow.  Thats a haul, especially considering how quickly Grandal, Quentin, and Alonso should have an impact.

  • Kansas Cubs Fan

    I really like this trade.

    I knew all of that mumbo jumbo about Brett Jackson might not be enough to get him was bull shit.

  • ty

    Na was the fastest kid in Korea and we gave him about a million dollars at the age of 17. His deveopment has certainly been on schedule ahd has Coco Crisp written all over him. We have another fine prospect named Ha just ahead of him and between those two outfielders nothing drops. So no Na Ha lineup in future.

    • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

      Na wasn’t even the best speedy outfielder prospect in the Cubs system. I’d take Matt Szczur, Pin-Chieh Chen or Zeke DeVoss over him easily, and might toss Taiwan Easterling and Evan Crawford in that category as well. The best I can say for Na is that he has been coming along slowly. I’m skeptical that Na will reach the majors.

      Ha is more of a Brett Jackson type than a Szczur / Chen kind of guy. But an outfield of Na, Ha, and Jackson would probably be the best defensive outfield in baseball history.

    • ogyu

      Somewhere in heaven, Harry Caray is trying to say Kyung-Min Na backwards.

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