LotW: He’s Ready


The Cubbies Crib Line of the Week this week was easy. When the best positional prospect in the system has a fantastic week at Triple A, he has to be the guy. This week, Brett Jackson is the guy. His four home-run, six RBI performance came in a week in which he had his usual healthy ratio of strikeouts to walks.

There is only one thing that makes giving this week’s Line of the Week to Jackson somewhat tainted. This is the minor league line of the week. At this point in the season, why is Brett Jackson still eligible?

Perhaps we should be grateful that Jackson is still in the minors since Mike Quade apparently has a severe allergic reaction to playing rookies at any position other than second base, and Brett Jackson would probably not make a very good second baseman.

But September is right around the corner. Surely he’ll be with Chicago in September, right?

Don’t count on it. I think he should be, but there are two big things working against him. First of all, anyone in the Cubs front office has to realize that putting rookies not named Darwin Barney on a Mike Quade managed team is about as useful as putting those rookies on a cruise to New Zealand. I suspect the Cubs front office has realized that, and that’s why Casey Coleman and Jay Jackson are not currently playing in Chicago. Then again, no one on the Iowa roster will be playing in September anyway (not past the first few days that is), so why not send him to Chicago and let him experience the joys of being benched by Quade?

Because of the forty man roster, that’s why. Right now Jackson is not on it. He could be added to it, but he will be safe from the Rule 5 draft in December even if he is not on the 40 man roster. There are other players in the Cubs’ farm system that are not quite so secure. A spot given to Brett Jackson today is a spot that may not be available to protect another prospect in December. And if Jackson is not going to play much anyway, why would the Cubs waste a 40 man roster slot on him?

The answer could be that they are going to have 40 man roster slots to spare. I have not yet gone over the Cubs roster or farm system to look for potential holes on the 40 man or players who will need to be protected. The math might be in Jackson’s favor. We will take a closer look at that after the season.

But whether Jackson gets to play in Chicago, gets called up to ride the bench, or is left in the minors by roster mathematics, rest assured he is ready to go. He will come into the spring training being given every opportunity to win a job, and I think there is an excellent chance he breaks camp as the Cubs starting left or center fielder.

Tags: 2012 Roster Brett Jackson Chicago Cubs Cubs Farm System Minor Leagues

  • LouCub

    Isn’t it a shame, that a really solid prospect(s) can’t be promoted and expect playing time on a team 18 games under 500??? Quade is a complete tool and should not be permitted to finish the season if he has no intention of playing guys like Brett Jackson, LeMehieu, Jay Jackson, Wellington Castillo etc upon being recalled in favor of vets…It’s a blemish on this organization and sends the wrong message to us fans…I truly believe, that Quade is pulling crap like this cause he never made it to the bigs himself and now he wants to hold onto his job like a lifeboat…screw him and Hendry for not telling him how it should be.

  • LouCub

    Isn’t it a shame, that a really solid prospect(s) can’t be promoted and expect playing time on a team 18 games under 500??? Quade is a complete tool and should not be permitted to finish the season if he has no intention of playing guys like Brett Jackson, LeMehieu, Jay Jackson, Wellington Castillo etc upon being recalled in favor of vets…It’s a blemish on this organization and sends the wrong message to us fans…I truly believe, that Quade is pulling crap like this cause he never made it to the bigs himself and now he wants to hold onto his job like a lifeboat…screw him and Hendry for not telling him how it should be.

  • Ashley Bolton

    My only question for Quade is does he truly feel that Jackson can’t be a better fielder and hitter than Fonzie? I mean I get Fonzie has a big contract but who cares he is gone after this year anyways and we are 18 under 500. Why can’t Jackson come up here and play, we don’t need these overpriced vets in the lineup just to strike out and every now and then get a big hit.

    Jackson, Coleman and Jay Jackson should all be up here getting their feet wet so come next season they will be pro’s at playing in the big leagues but no because Quade only seems to like to play over priced under performing guys there is no chance they will get to play.

    I truly believe to that if Quade could find a way to play Barney and Castro less he would. He is all about the vets and he has proven that he will throw a young kid under the bus while allowing the vets to do as they please. I want the young guys up here, I would much rather see young guys struggle and actually hustle out ground outs than these vets who are being paid millions and half ass it.

  • Ashley Bolton

    My only question for Quade is does he truly feel that Jackson can’t be a better fielder and hitter than Fonzie? I mean I get Fonzie has a big contract but who cares he is gone after this year anyways and we are 18 under 500. Why can’t Jackson come up here and play, we don’t need these overpriced vets in the lineup just to strike out and every now and then get a big hit.

    Jackson, Coleman and Jay Jackson should all be up here getting their feet wet so come next season they will be pro’s at playing in the big leagues but no because Quade only seems to like to play over priced under performing guys there is no chance they will get to play.

    I truly believe to that if Quade could find a way to play Barney and Castro less he would. He is all about the vets and he has proven that he will throw a young kid under the bus while allowing the vets to do as they please. I want the young guys up here, I would much rather see young guys struggle and actually hustle out ground outs than these vets who are being paid millions and half ass it.

  • LouCub

    @Ashley Bolton I’m with you Ashley, the Cubs will never win until Soriano is extricated from this team…I hate the way he dogs it and the negative way he approaches the game mentally..He and Ramirez are crappy role models for guys like Castro and lets put it this way, the Yankees and or BoSox would have gotten rid of his useless ass a very long time ago..That was the worst free agent signing ever!!

  • LouCub

    @Ashley Bolton I’m with you Ashley, the Cubs will never win until Soriano is extricated from this team…I hate the way he dogs it and the negative way he approaches the game mentally..He and Ramirez are crappy role models for guys like Castro and lets put it this way, the Yankees and or BoSox would have gotten rid of his useless ass a very long time ago..That was the worst free agent signing ever!!

  • kingdomusa

    I’m with ashley but it was the same thing last september all over again. Quade played vets against the opponents Rookies plus Milwaukee & the cardinals gave up in the 2 sweep series.

    “Q-ball” must think 40,000 show up to watch him coach. So many mistakes that are too numerous to mention. Stupid quotes such as “BRING IT ON” to the fans and saying we might still be in the race, to having no one warming up in the bullpen, to pitching to Pujols twice for back to back walk-off homeruns. Then throw in the elementary school nicknames you can see why he belongs in the minor leagues. There are Rookies that deserve a shot but will never get the playing time with quade in charge. Ricketts has to know that the cubs nation want change & its in his hands. I wouldn’t mind Hahn from the white sox as GM, Gillick at President, & Ryno managing with his staff. At this point, Quade thinks the vets will plea their case to management like last year. We do not need a repeat performance. Tom, its your team, not hendry’s or Crane “I have a new tie” Kenny. It’s your call as its your money. Down deep you know what the fans & Ron santo wants. Like the Nike slogan says “JUST DO IT” and make the fans who support the team over the years happy.

  • kingdomusa

    I’m with ashley but it was the same thing last september all over again. Quade played vets against the opponents Rookies plus Milwaukee & the cardinals gave up in the 2 sweep series.

    “Q-ball” must think 40,000 show up to watch him coach. So many mistakes that are too numerous to mention. Stupid quotes such as “BRING IT ON” to the fans and saying we might still be in the race, to having no one warming up in the bullpen, to pitching to Pujols twice for back to back walk-off homeruns. Then throw in the elementary school nicknames you can see why he belongs in the minor leagues. There are Rookies that deserve a shot but will never get the playing time with quade in charge. Ricketts has to know that the cubs nation want change & its in his hands. I wouldn’t mind Hahn from the white sox as GM, Gillick at President, & Ryno managing with his staff. At this point, Quade thinks the vets will plea their case to management like last year. We do not need a repeat performance. Tom, its your team, not hendry’s or Crane “I have a new tie” Kenny. It’s your call as its your money. Down deep you know what the fans & Ron santo wants. Like the Nike slogan says “JUST DO IT” and make the fans who support the team over the years happy.