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It was an exciting week for the Cubs organization as top prospects, Brett Jackson, Ryan Flaherty, and Matthew Szczur all started with their new teams. Brett Jackson and Ryan Flaherty were promoted to Triple A Iowa last week and Matthew Szczur was promoted to A+ Daytona.
Brett Jackson got off to a good start, but has struggled the past two games dropping his average to .217. However, Jackson has three doubles and one triple to go along with an impressive 6 walks. Flaherty had a solid week batting .261 with a homerun. Numbers were pretty good as it was just their first week in Triple A. Both players are expected to be called up to the struggling Cubs later this season.
Matthew Szczur had a very good in his first week with the Daytona Cubs. The Cubs #7 prospect batted an impressive .314 with 1homerun and a double. It appears that choosing baseball over football was a very good decision for the young outfielder.
In other prospect news, Cubs #5 prospect, Josh Vitters, is batting .279 on the year with 8 homeruns and 41 RBIs. The Cubs drafted Vitters 3rd overall in the 2007 draft. Vitters hasn’t developed as the Cubs hoped, but he is still to young to give up on.
After trading high prospects, Chris Archer and Hak-Ju Lee,to Tampa for Matt Garza it is important for Jackson, Szczur and Vitter to develop into everyday players in the big leagues within the next few years.
-All stats acquired from mlb.com and chicagocubs.com
Matt Szczur was drafted in the 5th round on the 2010 draft by the Chicago Cubs. Besides being a great baseball players, Szczur was a standout wide reciever at Villanova. However, in January Szczur decided to give up football and focus on baseball and the Chicago Cubs.
Szczur was sent to the Peoria Chiefs, the lower single A affiliate for the Cubs. During his time there, Szczur hit an impressive .314 with 5home runs and 27 RBI. Also, Szczur also impressed with his base stealing ability. He stole 17 bases while being caught only 5times.
These impressive numbers in his first year in the Minor leagues, caught the attention of the Cubs and those around baseball. First, Szczur received news that he would be promoted to the Daytona Cubs, the higher level of single A for the Chicago Cubs. Next, Szczur was chosen to represent the Cubs in the Future’s game. When asked about his decision to stop playing football, Szczur said he has no regrets and is enjoying focusing on baseball.
Szczur was recently rated the #48 prospect by Baseball America