The Top 20 Cubs Prospects - #8 Dae-Eun Rhee
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Prospect #8 Dae-Eun Rhee
Can you imagine what it must be like to meet Dae-Eun Rhee?
You: Hi there, what's your name?
Him: Dae-Eun Rhee!
People must assume he's bitten off a chunk of his tongue or something. Like our #9 prospect, Rhee is a Korean prospect. But unlike Lee, Rhee has actually played some in the Cubs system. The 19-year-old started 10 games for Sandberg's Peoria Chiefs last year, and he went 4-1 in 40 innings of work with 33 SO's, 16 BB's, and most impressively a 1.80 ERA.
In fact, there's nothing not to like about Rhee. Except, erm, well, he had Tommy John this year.
Rhee's bag includes the following goodies:
- Mid 90's fastball, which theoretically will improve with his newly built Bionic Arm.
- Plus curve which he has great control with.
- Questionable mechanics. Usually arm injuries stem from throwing the ball wrong.
- Overall good control.
I find it concerning that such a young player would need surgery, but it shouldn't affect his development too badly. Rhee will likely pitch in '09, and once he's back on track in 2010 he may even find himself at Wrigley Field. Long-term, he may need to figure out something different regarding his mechanics, but the next 5 years should be very, very interesting for this poor tongue-bit elbow-surgeoned golden-armed bastard.
Odds of reaching the Majors = The Stanley Cup spends time in a strip club next year
Odds of becoming a successful player at the Major League Level = Kerry Wood one day pitches for the Cubs again. ...sigh...
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