So many times in Major League Baseball, a prospect gets the top prospect label without really blowing up his stats while in the minor leagues. It has to do with how the scouts view his mechanics if he is a pitcher or his swing and defense if he is a position player. For Bryan Lahair, there was no problem putting up great stats in the minor leagues, yet he really hasn’t been touted as a potentially great young player.
Looking at the numbers from triple-A things look extremely impressive for Lahair. Over a few years he ranged from 25 to 38 home runs and remained around or above 100 runs batted in. That’s a good stat line for anyone anywhere. With the Chicago Cubs however, Lahair has yet to display the same offensive punch that he showed previously in the minor leagues. There could be any number of reasons for this as he is still very young.
What the Cubs need more than anything is to score more runs this year. If they can get decent pitching, which is possible, then a few runs could produce a decent year or even a winning one. For that they do need runs however. A giant breakout season from Lahair would go a long way towards accomplishing that goal. The Cubs don’t need 15 homers and 60 runs batted in from their first baseman. They need more like those minor league numbers of 25 to 30 homers and over 100 runs batted in. The bonus for Lahiar is that if he does that as a Cub, he’ll be a legend in Chicago.