Here is the second installment of my minor league updates.
Josh Vitters 3B Tennessee- I'm not gonna rehash his line since it will be skewed over his high A/AA stops. Let me start by saying I'm floored that they promoted Vitters to AA so soon. He was hitting in A ball showing improved PD. I'm of the school of being conservative with prospects. IMHO at 20 combined with his short comings it seems odd to promote him to AA at this point. I would have let him sit in A all year maybe giving him a late season call to AA. Overall he has 10 bb in 204 abs so he seems he's improving in terms of taking pitches since he had 12 bb in more then double the abs last year. He has struggled in every promotion but always has come back and improved. He's only k'd in 13.8% of his abs in AA so he still is putting wood on the ball. I still think he represents the best potential to be an elite bat in the Cubs organization.
Hak-Ju Lee SS Peoria (LowA)- 269/339345 17sb 4 cs.....His bat is starting to wake up after starting slow hitting 341/413/366 in his last 41 abs. Lee is controling the strike zone well 22bb 38ks and stealing bases showing why he has the potential to be a top notch leadoff hitter. From some of the in game reports I've read he is a top shelf defender. He will need to develop some some show me power. He has 11 2b 3 3b 0 hr so we need to work on his abilty to hit for power or else he'll have the bat knocked outta his hands at higher levels. He has the potential to be Elvis Andrus good but Andrus has shown some power so he has some work but I'm still very encouraged especially considering the Midwest league is a tough league for young hitters.
Rafael Dolis RHP Daytona (High A)- 4-4 2.51 40/23 k/bb 61 ip.....I profiled Dolis scouting report over a Wrigley Bound and he has continued to improve. In his last 22 ip he has a 16/3 k/bb ratio and still getting a ton of GB. He's been working on his secondary pitches and control so his K's are not as high as what you'd expect form a guy who throws in the mid to high 90s but he has improved his walk rate. Very promising year so far. More K's will come. Weather or not he's a starter long term still remains to be seen but even if not he could be a shut down late inning reliever.
Ben Wells RHP Arkansas H.S. (7th round)- He may well end up being the best pick of the draft. Throws 90 currently but should add a tick or 2 as he matures. Flashes a CB that has some real potential and as always with a prep arm he will need to learn a CU. In a state like Florida he may have been better known and has serious sleeper potential. I like this pick and smells like a Wade Davis (TB 3rd rd. 2004) pick.
Hope you enjoyed I'll post another in a couple days.