Prospectus Preview: 2012 Draft Class, Stephen Bruno
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Stephen Bruno has spent only a few months donning Cubs minor league attire. But from what the organization has seen out of the 2012 draft pick, it’s safe to say he knows how to handle the bat.
The seventh-round pick from the University of Virginia crushed anything and everything opposing pitchers threw at him in 2012. He jumped right into Short-Season A Boise, and was a key piece of the team’s championship series run. The organization hasn’t found a set position for the 22-year-old infielder yet, but he can play a variety of spots effectively.
Chicago-area Cubs fans should be excited as Bruno could start the 2013 season playing with a young but exciting Single-A Kane County squad, the new minor league affiliate located about 40 miles west of downtown.
Bruno is just one of more than 60 players covered in Vine Line’s annual Minor League Prospectus. The issue is on newsstands now, with single issues available by calling 800-618-8377. It’s an exhaustive rundown, perfect for Spring Training and beyond.
IF | Stephen Bruno
Born: 11/17/90 in Audubon, N.J.
Acquired: 2012 Draft (7)
Tools: Hits for Average
2012 STATS (Short-Season): .361/.442/.496 (AVG/OBP/SLG)
Bruno, who was a standout among standouts on the stacked Boise short-season squad, is a professional hitter who can flat-out rake. Few are capable of going on a tear like he did in his first pro season. It’s not clear where he’ll play—he could be an average second baseman or play third base/outfield (Bruno also tried on the catcher’s gear in fall instructs, though it’s an unlikely landing spot). Still, his bat will keep him in the lineup, despite lacking big power. There weren’t many college hitters available in the draft, but the Cubs feel they got a good one out of the University of Virginia.
Other players featured in this section: Outfielder Albert Almora; and pitchers Paul Blackburn, Pierce Johnson and Duane Underwood.
Plus, tidbits on RHP Ryan McNeil, RHP Josh Conway, LHP Michael Heesch and IF Tim Saunders.