Sunday, June 12, 2011

Matt Szczur Rides The Bus: Fourth Home Run Edition


Former Villanova football and baseball great Matt Szczur continues to play very well for the Chicago Cubs Lo-A affiliate Peoria Chiefs. On Saturday, he went 2-5 with a  home run, his fourth of the season. He was recently named a starter in the Midwest League All Star Game.  His appearance in that game will likely be his swansong in Peoria as he has clearly played his way out of this level and could use a promotion to the Daytona Cubs of the Hi-A Florida State League so that he can face some more difficult competition.

Here are his stats through 44 games (208 PAs):
  • .335 BA
  • .391 OBP
  • .463 SLG
  • 12 2B
  • 4 HR
  • 14 SB
  • 4 CS
  • 17 BB
  • 18 K
It will be interesting to see whether or not he'll be promoted in the next couple of weeks.  As for his advancement through the Cubs system, I think the best case scenario is that he does well in Daytona and begins next season at AA Tennessee. More realistically though, I think it will take him a while to adjust to the more difficult FSL, and he will have to spend close to a full season there. This is a crucial juncture for a lot of young minor league players because the pitching is only going to get better as you climb the ladder and we'll see whether or not Szczur can adjust if he is in fact called up.

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