Yesterday we talked about the Arizona Fall League but today the focus is on three lefties who are also playing excellent baseball this fall: Bryan LaHair, Brett Jackson and Jeff Beliveau.
Bryan LaHair is tearing up the Venezuelan League, hitting 4 HRs in 5 games while batting .381 and posting a 1.482 OPS. While the pitching isn't anywhere near major league quality, the league is an interesting mix of major leaguers, both former and current, and upper level minor leaguers, so it isn't as if LaHair is doing this against kids.
Just a little further north in Panama, Brett Jackson hit .412 with 1 HR for Team USA and displayed the all-around skills that has Cubs fans excited to have him in the lineup. His slash line in 34 ABs was .412/.462/.588. He also stole a base.
Lefty Reliever Jeff Beliveau also impressed for Team USA. Beliveau was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA. He had one walk in 4.1 innings versus 7 Ks. Teams batted just .188 against him.
Depending on what the Cubs do this offseason, all 3 players have excellent shots at making the 2012 Cubs opening day roster.
LaHair and Jackson would provide the Cubs with some sorely needed OBP and slugging from the left side, particularly if Carlos Pena departs. If Pena stays, it's possible LaHair could join Jackson in the OF, giving the Cubs three lefties who can provide them with some much needed patience and power.
Beliveau has to be the favorite to take John Grabow's spot as the 3rd lefty in the bullpen behind Sean Marshall and Jeff Russell.
It appears that from AZ to Panama to Venezuela, Cubs prospects are beginning to deliver on the big stage.