Vine Line’s Minor League Prospectus on DJ LeMahieu

DJ LeMahieuWith the injury carousel spinning at Wrigley Field, the Cubs selected the contract of infielder DJ LeMahieu on Monday and made him the first player from their 2009 draft class to make the big leagues. The former second-round pick stood out even among the big-leaguers, boasting a large, 6-foot-4 frame that looked even more striking for how much weight he appears he could add to his 196-pound list weight.

Here’s what Vine Line’s Minor League Prospectus said this past February:

A versatile athlete, LeMahieu’s power might not be apparent in his home run total, but his large frame, .314 batting average and 24 doubles at high A in 2010 indicate power to come. His long arms offer good plate coverage, he knows the strike zone, and his quick hands allow him to drive the ball to opposite fields. As LeMahieu grows, his body will dictate where he plays, though he manned three positions last season.

Manager Mike Quade said before yesterday’s game that the 21-year-old will mostly appear at second and third base, though he may be looked upon at first against lefties as well. Calling him a “gap-to-gap guy” for now, Quade also emphasized the organizational value of having a guy who can make a big jump in a short span.

“It’s another in-house kid, another kid we’ve developed,” he said. “We’ve got [12 players] that have come through our system, so that’s a good thing. To be able to go get someone like Rodrigo [Lopez], OK, great. But then to fill the gaps we’ve had to fill with our own people is good too.”

Career Statistics:

Year Age Tm Lev G PA 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2009 20 2 Teams A-Rk 41 182 4 3 0 3 2 13 25 .323 .376 .384
2009 20 Cubs Rk 3 14 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 .417 .429 .583
2009 20 Peoria A 38 168 4 2 0 2 2 12 22 .316 .371 .368
2010 21 Daytona A+ 135 600 24 5 2 15 7 29 61 .314 .346 .386
2011 22 Tennessee AA 50 202 15 2 2 4 3 11 22 .358 .386 .492
3 Seasons 226 984 43 10 4 22 12 53 108 .325 .360 .408
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/31/2011.

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