Jeff Samardzija Update

With news that the likely newest Cub, Jim Edmonds, is on his way to Chicago and will be signed as soon as they rush him through a physical, I'm feeling a bit upset. To get my mind off this horrible signing (or, more accurately, the horrible decision to send Pie back to AAA and replace him with a washed up Cardinal), I thought I'd throw up...something, anything, else. Here's an update on Jeff ND, courtesy of Baseball Prospectus' prospect guru Kevin Goldstein:
"Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Double-A Tennessee (Cubs)
Samardzija had a pretty impressive spring training, leaving the more optimistic types among the Cubs media predicting a breakthrough season and a chance that he could be in the big leagues by the end of the year-–thus fully justifying the absolutely ridiculous amount of money the Cubs threw his way. With seven shutout innings in his second start of the year, the hype train rolled on, but it’s come to a screeching halt since. On Saturday night, Samardzija had his worst start of the year, giving up seven runs before getting pulled in the third inning, an outing which raised his ERA to 4.81. A quick look at his peripherals shows that there’s still plenty of work to be done. Despite pure power stuff, Samardzija has struck out three or less in five of his eight starts, and on the season has issued more walks (24) than strikeouts (23) in 39 1/3 innings, while showing a disturbing fly-ball tendency. Scouts remain utterly baffled as to what to make of him."

Comment (1)

Anonymous

May 14, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Samardzija is a stud, and going to be a big time player for the Cubs. Give the poor kid some time. Hilarious how the so called " prospect gurus" have already written the kid off. Easy there killer, he's going to be a good one...