And just one more thing: Cubs

It’s always a true sign of spring arriving when the Organizational Previews kick off on MiLB.com and MLB.com.Over the next several weeks, you can read our in-depth reports on all
30 Major League team’s farm systems. Even though they are exhaustive,
there are always a few players we wish we could’ve discussed, but
didn’t have room for.

With that in mind, welcome to ATM’s "And
just one more thing…" feature. Each day there is an organizational
preview post, you can come to He Said, She Said for a little bonus
coverage. Each day, we’ll highlight that one player we wanted to talk
about, but couldn’t. Maybe it’s an additional prospect, maybe it’s an
interesting story, maybe it’s just a personal favorite. Whatever the
case, we hope that more is better when it comes to learning about your
favorite organization.

Today, we kick things off with the Cubs preview.
It’s a much deeper system than it used to was, but there was one guy
I’ve written about in past previews, but he got left out this time:

Ryan Harvey, OF:

Once upon a time, he was sure-fire, can’t-miss prospect, an early
first-round pickRharvey
in the 2003 draft, a guy with tremendous athletic
ability and plus, plus raw power. He’s shown glimpses of that pop,
particularly in 2005 with Peoria, but injuries and an inability to
improve his K zone awareness has stalled him out in Class A Advanced
Ball. He’ll still be just 23 for virtually all of the 2008 season, so I
don’t want to give up hope yet that something will click. But the Cubs
didn’t protect him on the 40-man roster and there were no takers in the
Rule 5 Draft this past December, so he’s going to have to prove himself
all over again. Here’s hoping he’ll start proving doubters wrong this
season.

Tomorrow, Kevin C. checks in with the Brewers…

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