Here is an update from the Draft-
- Cubs selected 19 year old Brett Jackson as their first round pick. The last player to play in the Majors that was a first round draft pick by the Cubs was Mark Prior. Jackson is on the verge of becoming a true Center fielder. He batted .326 with a .416 OBP and 11 steals in 14 attempts his Junior year. He does not have tons of power but that may come down the line. Wilkens says his speed and above average defense is what impressed him.
- The Cubs also selected another former LSU player named David LeMahieu. He is an above average infielder with great baseball instincts. He has only really played SS in his career so far.
- The Cubs selected a left handed pitcher for their round 3 pick. His name is Austin Kirk. Kirk went 9-1 with an 0.45 ERA on the mound and batted .408 with 50 RBIs his senior season. He is truly a steal in the 3rd round and expect him to move fast through the Cubs system.
According to one Cubs "source" I recently talked to, the Cubs front office is getting frustrated and annoyed with Milton Bradley's injuries, lack of production at the plate, and his antics toward the media this season. The Cubs have many players they are looking at to add at the deadline whether the team sale is completed or not. One of the players he spoke highly of and is at the top of their list of players they will try to get is Brad Hawpe of the Rockies. Hawpe not only is a natural right fielder, he is a left handed bat that can hit in the middle of the lineup. The Cubs will try all they can to get Hawpe according ot this Cubs source.
Here is a link to Brad Hawpes stats. Got to get him!