The Top 20 Cubs Prospects - #10 Drew Rundle
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Prospect #10 Drew Rundle
Ah, and at long last we get to the big boys! Rundle is actually a lot like many, many Cubs offensive prospects. He's very hit and very miss. He's also only 20 years old. He was picked by the Cubs in the 14th round of the '06 draft, and while he has a lot of potential, his high placement in the Cubs system just goes to show how weak they are - some teams wouldn't give him a second glance.
In 556 career minor league at bats, Rundle has missed a lot - he's batting .232 with 13 homers, 18 steals, and he's struck out 196 times. So, why is he rated 10th?
Mostly it's because of two things - at 20, he's going to flesh out more power, and he's also got great plate discipline. Rundle has drawn 77 career walks, and his OBP is more than 100 points higher than his career average. All he needs is to close the holes in his swing and he might be surprisingly effective.
Rundle brings the following to the table:
- Multi-positional. Drew plays the outfield and first base.
- Huge power potential. Drew is 6'4, but weighs only 180 pounds. If he can put on 20 or 30 pounds of muscle, watch out.
- Plus speed. He's never going to start referring to himself in the first person like Ricky, but he might steal 10 to 20 at the ML level someday.
- Tremendous patience at the plate. He's the anti-Cub template in a lot of ways.
- Minus contact - would find a way to strike out in a tee ball game.
Hey, this guy could be something impressive. Then again, I could become the Prime Minister of Canada. Rundle's failure to hit at Peoria in 67 at bats is concerning, although it's probably too low a sample size to make quick judgments about.
In 2009, he may be a star slugger for the Chiefs, or he might find himself quickly filling out applications to teach gym class back in San Diego. Let's hope the Cubs have the sense to figure out how to improve his contact skills.
Odds of reaching the Majors = Adam Dunn hits 50 homeruns in a season
Odds of becoming a successful player at the Major League Level = Adam Dunn becomes a .290 hitter in a season
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