The Farm Boy Files is a feature designed to better acquaint ourselves with our Cubs prospects. Today’s profile is on shortstop turned utily-man and Arizona Fall League participant Ryan Flaherty.
Ryan E. Flaherty, born July 27, 1986 in Portland Maine
6’3”, 220 lb.
Drafted by the Cubs out of Vanderbilt in the first compensation round in 2008.
Between 131 games in single-A Daytona and double-A Tennessee in 2010, Ryan batted .271 with 10 home runs, 36 doubles, 72 RBI and 75 runs scored. He walked 51 times, to 86 strikeouts. In 6 games (14 AB) for the AFL’s Mesa Solar Sox, he has batted .286, scored 4 runs, and walked 5 times.
VBL Alum Power!: Ryan played for the Waynesboro General in 2007 (?).
Scouting: Ryan is a shortstop by trade, but is big and hits for power (think along the lines of Cal Ripken Jr.) Due to the logjam the Cubs organization has at shortstop, Ryan has been moved around the field a lot the past year or so. He spent the majority of 2010 at second and third base. According to a Vineline magazine poll of minor league coaches, Ryan is tops in the system in hitting for power, defensive range, and footwork.
Ryan had these things to say on his recent moving about the field:
I’m open to anything. Whatever they think gives me the best chance to move on in my career, I’m willing to do that. I’m ready.
As a kid, even though I loved playing shortstop, my father taught me to learn all positions in the field because you never know where help will be needed.
#1 Do you want to get some hitting pointers from Ryan Flaherty? Of course you do!