Overshadowed by Philip Humber's perfect game today was the Cubs move to trade struggling outfielder Marlon Byrd for Red Sox pitcher Michael Bowden and a PTBNL.
Bowden, the 47th overall pick in the 2005 draft, has ranked as high as 2nd
on the Red Sox 2009 Top 10 prospect list by Baseball America. He has a career 3.19
ERA in the minors and has a 5.61 ERA in 59.1 major league innings. He
profiles as a #3 starter.
Before Cubs fans get all excited about the prospects of Brett Jackson's arrival
in Wrigley Field, Bruce Levine reports that Theo Epstein and company will not
promote Jackson (or Rizzo for that matter) until the feel he is ready. Levine
goes on to say that the general rule of thumb is that prospects should receive
500 AB's at the AAA level before they are promoted.
has only 247 AB's (through Friday) in 63 games. At that pace, it would
probably take him around 65 more games to reach 500 AB's or around the end of
In the meantime, the Cubs will likely give Tony Campana a shot to show what
he can do. Campana is a good contact hitter (83% career contact rate in
minors) and has excellent speed. He could provide the Cubs with another
option for the leadoff spot.
One things for sure, the youth movement continues in Chicago.