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Prospects On List
RF-Kosuke Fukudome #30
(.259 BA, 34 HR, 156 RBI, 203 Runs 426 Games)
Signed to a four-year, $48 million contract out of Japan, Fukudome has struggled to make the transition to the American game, and it looks as though he has officially lost his starting job to Tyler Colvin, and will serve as the team's fourth outfielder in 2011.
3B-Josh Vitters #43
Did Not Reach Majors
Vitters, the third overall pick in the 2007 Draft, and the first high schooler taken, has failed to live up to expectations thus far. However, he has usually been among the youngest players at every level, and could be in store for a breakout year in his first full season at Class-AA.
C-Geovanny Soto #47
(.264 BA, 37 HR, 143 RBI, 106 Runs, 273 Games)
After making the most of a September call-up in 2007, and serving as the team's starting catcher during their 2007 playoff run, Soto opened the 2008 season as the Cubs starting catcher and won the NL Rookie of the Year with a .285 BA, 23 HR, 86 RBI season, as he started the All-Star game.
RF-Tyler Colvin #75
(.251 BA, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 61 Runs, 141 Games)
Colvin forced his way onto the big league roster last season, and then forced his way into the starting lineup with his impressive play. He will open 2011 as the team's starting right fielder, and he has a bright future.
SP-Sean Gallagher #82
(10-10, 5.64 ERA, 76 ERA+, 165 Ks, 91 Games, 23 Starts)
Gallagher showed some potential with the Cubs in 2008, and he was the central figure in the deal that brought Rich Harden to the Cubs. Still just 25, he could get a shot at the Pirates rotation this coming spring.