Although this deal is mostly about making room for Tyler Colvin, and eventually Brett Jackson, the Cubs did manage to pick up an interesting player in return for Fukudome. His name is Abner Abreu and he is a potential 5 tool player in RF.
Abreu's best current tool is his arm, which rated as the best in the Cleveland organiztion per Baseball America. His defense in general is a big plus. Although, he's said to have a nice, smooth swing, it's offense that has been the question mark with Abreu. In the past two weeks, however, Abreu has started to answer those questions.
In two games last week, Abreu went 7-8 with 4 home runs. Over the last 10 days, he's batted .424 with a .909 slugging percentage. You have to presume the Cubs have been watching him leading up to the deadline and they had to be impressed by his recent performance.
Overall in the year he's hitting .244 with 12 home runs and 19 SBs for high Class A team Kingston. He will likely report to Daytona, although his recent hot streak may earn him a promotion to AA Tennessee.
He has been a ranked prospect with Cleveland. According to Baseball America, he ranked #16 overall in 2009 and #23 in 2010. Another site, Indians Prospect Insider, had him ranked as the #5 overall prospect in 2010 and #23 before this season.
He has a reputation as a raw, toolsy player -- the kind the Cubs seem to favor and perhaps his recent performance suggests that maybe the light bulb has clicked on for him. He's still not a patient player, but he has improved. His 22 walks represent a career high for him and he has upped his walk rate from about 4.5% to about 6.1%. If he can continue to improve his plate discipline, the Cubs may have themselves a potential impact player, a guy who can play great defense in RF and hit for power and perhaps steal a few bases as well.
He is, however, a long way from that, but the potential is there. Abreu is a player that bears watching.
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