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2011 draft review: The Dunston duo

Welcome Back Shawon Dunston

Now a special assistant with the Giants, Shawon Dunston Sr. fondly remembered his Cubs days with Vine Line last September. (Photo by Stephen Green)

With the 339th overall pick (11th round) of the 2011 MLB player draft, the Cubs selected Shawon Dunston Jr., an outfielder out of Valley Christian High School in California. Many Cubs fans will instantly recognize the name: He’s the son of the Cubs’ 1982 first-overall pick and one of the organization’s most memorable players of a couple decades ago.

Describing himself as a proud father who broke down after his son’s selection, Dunston told Comcast SportsNet’s Dave Kaplan about his son’s strengths.

“He’s a left-handed hitter, he can run, he knows the strike zone, and I preach patience—which I tried to do for myself but couldn’t,” said Dunston Sr., who made two All-Star appearances in 12 seasons with the Cubs.

“We’re both very good,” he added. “I maybe had a little more talent, but my son is more educated than I am. He just goes out there and plays, and knows what I want is effort.” (more…)

2011 draft review: Going on the offensive

Javier Baez

The following is condensed from Chris Gigley’s 2011 draft review for the July issue of Vine Line. Subscribers get monthly updates on the minor leagues, including player profiles and in-depth features on baseball and life down on the farm. (Javier Baez photo courtesy of Aflac All-American Tournament)

After Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken’s surprise first-round choice of right-hander Hayden Simpson last year, he used his first pick this year on a shortstop, Javier Baez, despite having one of the game’s best, Starlin Castro, already in the majors.

“He has such an advanced bat,” Wilken said of Baez. “His ability to play at numerous positions also made him attractive. We’re going to let him determine where he plays.”

Baez’s bat and build profile better at third base, where he could one day slide into the lineup next to Castro. Baez stands 6 feet 1 and weighs 205, and shows the kind of bat speed that has earned him comparisons to former big league slugger Gary Sheffield. The Puerto Rico native moved to Florida in 2005 and still needs to work on his English. The Cubs think his game, however, translates just fine in the U.S. (more…)