Last week the Cubs declared Logan Watkins and Nicholas Struck as the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the year, respectively. Congrats to both of them on the honors, and for a job well done this season!
It seems appropriate on this occasion to take a bit of a Farmboy Files mini-peek at both these guys. So, in case you have yet to acquaint yourself at all with Logan and Nick, here’s a brief rundown for each of them.
Vincent Logan Watkins
Born: August 29, 1989, in Goddard, Kansas
Height/Weight: 5’11”, 170 lb.
Drafted by the Cubs in the 21st round in 2008.
Stats: Logan batted .281/.383/.422 in 488 at-bats for the AA Tennessee Smokies in 2012. He hit 20 doubles, 11 triples, and 9 home runs, scoring 93 runs and driving in 52. He also stole 28 bases.
Scouting: Logan is one of those tough little guys who gets things done. I won’t use the term “scrappy”, but you get the drift. Let’s say he’s the firecracker type.
He possesses good speed, the ability to hit for average, and a very glovey glove. He is defensively versatile, having seen playing time at second, short, and center in 2012.
From the Twitters: Just gave myself a haircut lol first time I’ve ever cut hair and I think it turned out okay. I just need my dad to clean it up a bit (9/26)
Nicholas A. Struck
Before I say anything else, let’s just address the obvious: Nick Struck? Totally super awesome name for a pitcher. Perhaps not quite up there with the likes of Josh Outman, but still extremely incredibly great.
Ahem. Moving on…
Born: October 7, 1989 in Damascus, Oregon
Height/Weight: 5’11”, 185
Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 39th round in 2009.
Three cheers for late-round draft picks, eh?
Stats: In 155.2 IP this season, Nick went 14-10 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He struck out 123 while walking 44.
Scouting: Features a fastball the low 90’s, sinker, slider and change-up, with good command. The smarty-pants baseball types predict he will end up as a back end of the rotation guy or a reliever. Nick will play in the Arizona Fall League this year, so we’ll get another look-see at him. Yay!