Saturday, July 29, 2006

Ryan Harvey

The Daytone Cubs won a 10-9 battle with Clearwater last night.

What's significant about it? Cubs RF prospect Ryan Harvey went off. His 4 homeruns last night were obviously a career high, and he capped it off by making the last one a 3-run walkoff blast. The former #6 pick in the draft, Harvey has far from lived up to his potential thus far. He's struggled his entire time in the minors, yet has still been promoted each year by the Cubs, cumulating in an absolutely terrible year this year in Daytona. Scouts still love Harvey's raw power, which is good enough that I don't think theres anyone in the minor leagues that can top him, but the rest of his offensive skills lag far, far behind. The Cubs still have time, Harvey is only 21. Hopefully this four homer game can be a springboard to a very strong finish for Harvey, but if he doesn't start improving his contact skills and/or his plate discipline, he's never going to make it past Daytona and will be just another failed position player prospect in this organization.

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