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Old Nov 19th 2007, 10:29 pm
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Congratulations Sam Fuld

11/15/2007 1:33 PM
PEORIA, IL- Former Peoria Chiefs centerfielder Sam Fuld is having a breakout Arizona Fall League campaign and was awarded the prestigious Stenson Award on Wednesday. Though Fuld is a AFL MVP candidate, the Arizona Fall League’s Dernell Stenson Award for Leadership is given specifically for character and work ethic and Fuld was nominated by his AFL manager Dave Clark and chose by league executives.

The award was established in 2004 after Stenson was killed in a November 2003 carjacking while playing in the AFL for Scottsdale . Stenson, a former Reds prospect was known among teammates for his work ethic and character and the award is given to the player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership. Past winners include Kansas City ’s Mark Teahen, LA’s Andre Ethier and San Francisco ’s Kevin Frandsen.

Fuld made his pro debut in Peoria in 2005 hitting .300 with 32 doubles, 5 homers, 6 triples, 82 runs scored, 37 RBI and 18 stolen bases as the Chiefs lead off man and table setter for Eric Patterson and Ryan Harvey. He also collected a 17-game hit streak in 2005 and turned in 7 outfield assists from centerfield. Fuld spent all of 2006 in Daytona and split time between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He was called up to make his Major League debut in early September and saw action in 14 games for the Cubs down the stretch, mostly as a defensive replacement or pinch runner. His crashing into the Ivy catch on September 22nd against Pittsburgh earned Play of the Day honors from ESPN and Sam scored three runs and drew three walks while going 0-for-6 at the plate. With this week’s trade of Jacque Jones to Detroit , Fuld is expected to compete for a spot in the Cubs outfield rotation during Spring Training.

Playing with the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL, Fuld leads the league batting .406 (41-for-101) in 27 games with 3 homers, 10 doubles, 10 runs scored, 14 RBI and 9 stolen bases. He has led off every game while mostly playing CF and is hitting .517 (15-for-29) against left handed pitching. He leads the league in Batting Average, Hits, Doubles, On-Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage and is a strong candidate for the MVP Award which will be presented at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN in early December. Mesa ’s last scheduled game is Thursday.
Wow! He has some pretty great numbers in the AFL! Maybe that is why Hendry is shipping the outfileders out!!!!!
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He is my guy , I would take him over Pie any day. He has more of a baseball IQ than Pie. I think the better structure to baseball in the States makes better all around ball players. The poverty in your Latin countries make it hard for the players to really learn all of baseball. They come up with great talent but like an untrained racehorse everything there but just not put together.
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we should be trying to package a deal right now to see how much we can get for pie, this is seeming to clone the patterson situation (always waiting for them to peak).
however the cubs other rookie outfielder -sam fuld, has shown high potential and merits the cubs interest not pie.
don't get me wrong, i love watching him play (pie), i just hate that swing of his.
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More praise for Fuld who is appearing more and more as a legitimate player in the Cubs 2008 season. He's one of those guys who inspires a good feeling. I am much less concerned about CF for the Cubs in 2008 because of him.

From Cubshub. The whole article has interesting observations so I included it all and bolded and italiced the Fuld section to find it easily (interesting comments about Gallagher and Johnson as well. I also took out the last paragraph, and portion of another, because the post was too lon.....):

" ..... A look back at the 2004 Draft
December 7th, 2007

When the draft goes down in June, teams, players and fans are filled with for the future. That someday those players will grow up and help contribute to the parent club’s success and turn into superstars. Three full baseball years is about the earliest one can start judging the return and how a draft shaped out. Now is that time to look back at the 2004 where Hendry had just completed his first full season as a major league General Manager. Yet he still did not relinquished his death grip hold on our drafting process and worked with John Stockstill in the draft process, John has since left the organization and is an assistant GM in Baltimore. The Cubs had lost their first rounder to the Twins for signing reliever LaTroy Hawkins, with that pick Minnesota took college righty Matt Fox and got a supplemental pick at #39 and took a high school pitcher in Jay Rainville, neither have made it past High A ball yet but Rainville looks like a future stud. Here’s a look at what Scouting Director Stockstill and Hendry drafted that year:

2 Grant Johnson, rhp
3 Mark Reed, c
4 Chris Shaver, lhp
5 Adrian Ortiz, of
6 Tim Layden, lhp
7 Mitch Atkins, rhp
8 Eric Patterson, 2b
9 Ryan Norwood, 1b
10 Sam Fuld, of
11 Jon Hunton, rhp
12 Sean Gallagher, rhp
13 Ryan Moorer, rhp
14 Eli Iorg, of
15 Alfred Joseph, of
16 J.R. Mathes, lhp
17 Jerry Blevins, lhp
18 Jake Marsello, rhp
19 Micah Owings, rhp
20 Trey Taylor, rhp
21 Will Fenton, rhp
22 Walter Diaz, ss
23 Chris Gaskin, 1b
24 Jeff Culpepper, of
25 Casey Erickson, rhp
26 Paul Cinder, rhp
27 Jason Kosow, rhp
28 Jonathan Douillard, c
29 Mike Svetlic, 2b
30 Russ Canzler, 1b
31 Jesse Estrada, rhp
32 Cody Gilbert, 3b
33 Randy Brown, of
34 Dustin Bamberg, c
35 Drew O’Connell, rhp
36 Colby Wark, rhp
37 Michael Hyle, rhp
38 Kurt Eichorn, rhp
39 Trent Luyster, lhp
40 Marcus Crockett, of
41 Kenn Kasparek, rhp
42 Ryan Morgan, 3b
43 Adam Daniels, lhp
44 Zane Green, of
45 Christopher Dunkin, c
46 Greg Fudacz, rhp
47 Andrew Liebel, rhp
48 Olin Wick, c
49 Brandon Harmon, rhp
50 Gerald Miller, of

As one can see that draft has not been very fruitful. We’ve only had three players reach the MLB so far, and all have been on limited roles with all projected as borderline starting players. Hendry’s fingerprints are all over this draft especially in the team’s first selection of Notre Dame righty Grant Johnson. The 6′6 Johnson was considered a top talent back in his high school days but made it known to scouts that he was going to college. In his freshman year as a Fighting Irish, he helped guide them to the College World Series going 9-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 18G and 101 IP. In that span he gave up 94 hits, 39 ER, 0 HR, 44 BB, and 86 K. Yet shortly after his run, Grant was having shoulder discomfort that eventually led to an extensive shoulder surgery done by the Cubs’ physician and cost him his entire 2003 season. In 2004, his velocity was down much of the year but he flashed some brilliant moments going 6-0 with a 1.87 ERA. In 14 G, he only went 57 IP, while giving up 39 hits, 12 ER, 2 HR, 26 BB, 51 K. As the season progressed, he definitely got stronger. His coach Paul Manieri, who’s good friends’ with Jim, gave rave reviews on Grant’s makeup and abilities. When Hendry and Company saw him still available in the second round they felt like they had to take him.

Grant had a solid rookie year in 2005 for Peoria despite his 3-8 record. The next season, he started off in Daytona (High A) in the rotation but fizzled and endured some injuries. It wasn’t until he was put into the bullpen that Johnson started to put things together. To start the 2007 season, the Cubs had Grant back in Daytona and still in the pen. Once there, Grant’s star started to shine with his sinker/slider combo. Quickly he earned the callup to Tennessee (AA) where he continued his run in the pen. The Cubs’ made Johnson available this year in the Rule V draft, hoping that teams pass on him.

The third round pick, catcher Mark Reed, has completely fizzled. The high school super athlete has not translated any of his offensive tools yet and behind the plate he’s still extremely wet and doesn’t look to stick there. The big lefty (6′7) Chris Shaver from William and Mary was on the fast track through the Cubs’ system. In 2006 for AA, he went 7-10 in 26GS going 150 1/3 IP giving up 146 H, 50 ER, 7 HR, 56 BB, and 120 K. Shaver was on his way to start for Iowa in 2007, that is until he needed Tommy John surgery which cost him nearly his entire 2007 season. Shaver is likely to start the year in either Daytona or Tennessee’s starting rotation. Like Johnson, he too was made available for the Rule V draft.

Of the draftees’, eighth rounder Eric Patterson from Georgia Tech was the earliest pick to reach the MLB. Eric is unlike his brother, but still EP was a steal this late in the draft. Most projections had him going around the supplemental or 3rd round, and he had another year of eligibility. Still he signed for above slot money even if it was late in the signing process. Patterson tore up the minors offensively and climbed quickly. Patterson is definitely a MLBer whether it’s as a starter or utility player is yet to be determined.

The hottest flavor of the month right now and the most recent callup of the 2004 draft is CF Sam Fuld. Sam was taken in the 10th round of the 2004 draft, after the Cubs took him in the 23rd round of 2003. The Cubs’ had Sam playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he’s arguably the MVP of the league leading hits (43), doubles (11), total bases (67), on-base percentage (.492), slugging percentage (.626), and OPS (1.118) and finishing second in average at .402. Fuld has unbelievable plate discipline, good contact abilities and plays the game with heart and determination the way it should be played. Last year, when I was asked on air about what Cubs’ minor leaguer that fans don’t know about but should, I replied simply “Sam Fuld”. Sam’s biggest problems the past few seasons have been due to unforeseen injuries due to his aggressive style of play. Last year, he lucked out and didn’t get injured yet pushed through the system and came up big down the stretch for the parent club in the field and on the bases. Sam is expected to be nothing more than a forth or fifth outfielder in the majors but with his grit, determination, and plate skills, he could surprise and become a legit centerfielder and leadoff hitter.

The first 2004 draftee to reach the MLB was high school righty Sean Gallagher. Sean was a diamond in the rough when we drafted him, and he’s pitched like a first round pick. He’s the first 12th rounder pick to pitch in the MLB since Joel Piniero. For the time period, Gallagher is likely to be used as a long man out of the pen due to his versatile arm, quick recovery, and age The best thing it appears to be is for Gallagher to start the 2008 season in Iowa’s rotation not in the Cubs’ pen. That is unless Sean can win a starting rotation gig straight out of spring training which is a long shot.

Other 2004 draftees to keep an eye out on for is Mitch Atkins, Tim Layden, and Ryan Norwood. Atkins is really the biggest threat we have from the 2004 draft to reach the MLB anytime soon. Mitch has great stuff and solid control, and he destroyed Low A in 2006 and High A in 2007. He saw some action in AA in 2007 but was hit hard in his seven appearances, four being starts. Atkins will start the season in AA rotation and will likely see some action in AAA before the 2008 season is up.

Of the the ones we didn’t sign, there are three that have a good chance of reaching the MLB (Owings already has) in OF Eli Iorg (14) , RHP Micah Ownings (19) and RHP Casey Erickson (25). The Cubs’ selected Iorg, who has a family pedigree of professional baseball experience. Yet the two sides couldn’t come to a financial agreement as Iorg’s advisor felt Eli should receive near first round money, something Chicago wasn’t willing to pay. Still the Cubs watched him during the next year and tried working on him, offering him third round money just before the 2005 draft. Eli didn’t bite after having an amazing Senior year for Tennessee and was drafted by the Astros in the 2005 draft in the supplemental first round (38th overall). He’s played amazingly so far in the minors starting 2007 at High A where he was pounding the ball and was close to a promotion to AA. Yet his season came to a premature end due to a freak elbow injury while sliding back to first on a pickoff attempt. Iorg’s on the fast track though as the Astros love his work ethic and abilities that they see as are MLB transferable.

The Cubs’ 2004 19th pick, Micah Owings, has already reached the MLB and is starting for the Arizona Diamonbacks........the Cubs definately missed the boat on this former Georgia Tech star and Eric Patterson teammate.

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