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What do these players have in common


Geovanny Soto, Luis Montanez, Buck Coats, Corey Patterson and Jose Molina.

Answer: These are the only position players drafted out of high school by the Cubs who were played ML ball and are still active in  baseball. Since 1991, or in the past 20 drafts, the team has signed hundreds of players and we have had only 2 HS draftee position players who have accounted for anything of value to the team. Does this inability to transform high school hitters into legitimate major league players indict the organization's coaching staff? It seems so.

 

Further evidence. Currently the 4 top minor league affiliates on the Cubs have a total of 23 players with an OBP of .350 or higher. Of these, 18 are either college or JC draftees. That seems to validate that the colleges are much better at preparing their athletes than for a big league future than the Cubs.

 

Josh Vitters, Brian Harvey, Luis Montanez, Corey Patterson, Earl Cunningham, Derrick May, Jackie Davidson, Shawon Dunston, Vance Lovelace, Herm Segelke, Brian Rosinske, Scot Thompson and Terry Hughes were 1st round position player picks for the Cubs coming from a HS dating back to 1965. That's not an enviable record for a struggling franchise. Are we doing a poor job of selecting players or is our coaching inferior to other organizations. Perhaps it's a combination. However, it should be a priority in restructuring the team as we move into the future. Obviously it hasn't been since Jim Hendry became the baseball guy for the Cubs.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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