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Two Cubs on Ba's MWL Rankings

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It was a loaded year in the MWL. 2 Cubs ranked in the top 20 - Trey McNutt at 7, and Lee at 13. I respect the heck out of McNutt's ranking - I thought they would leave him a bit more behind, but he deserves it. Mid-90's heater, good curve, decent change, solid control. Cubsfan has argued that he is a better prospect than Archer, and there is definitely a case for it. I respect the heck out of Lee's ranking as well. I thought they might slide him higher, but this is very fair. Other MWL guys of note - Matt Cerda - If I did "future rosters", he'd be my 2nd baseman of the future right now. Excellent discipline, good "hit tool", and has some pop (not a lot, but enough to scare). He could be ... a better Mike Fontenot. His defense at 2nd is reportedly solid enough. I hope the Cubs shift Cerda to FT 2nd, and Watkins to utility player. Nick Struck - Young, athletic righty was one of my possible sleeper/breakouts entering the year. Had a solid season. got worried when I heard from several people that he was hitting only upper 80's, but Nate Baliva, PChiefs broadcaster, indicated that he was in the low 90's most of the year, topping out around 93. That's good. Solid secondary stuff for age/development, and could add some more zip as he physically matures. Whitenack/Jung/Antigua - all had solid enough seasons to warrant keeping an eye out for them, although all 3 likely profile as end of the rotation types if they develop enough. Jae-Hoon Ha - Korean OF was initially tried at catcher, but that didn't work. Loads of tools. Hit well in Peoria, but some discipline issues. I'm still a bit wary, but there's a lot to like if he becomes more patient. Wallach/Lopez joined late. Brett has been discussed, and he's an intriguing arm with some mid-rotation potential. Robinson Lopez has an excellent fastball, but a lot of work needed on the secondary stuff. Frank Batista - If there's a sleeper arm/breakout arm for 2011, Batista would rank high. Mid-90's heat with a good slider.

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