One of my Cubs buddies opinion of Jackson, for what it's worth:
Brett Jackson is David Murphy with a better chance of sticking in CF IMO. Third OF in the National League/2nd tier American League team, 4th OF for a good American League team. Don't see him as a good fit for us, given his left-handedness and tool set.
Personally, I'd be focusing on non-outfielders. The Cubs do not have a top heavy system but have some potentially interesting sleeper arms and infielders and some decent lower-level prospects. I'll give you four names to keep an eye on:
Catcher - Welington Castillo. Plus arm, questionable game-calling/blocking. Good bat. Better chance to stick behind the plate than Lavarnway.
Infielder - Marwin Gonzalez. Surprised the Cubs in stepping into SS last year when Castro was promoted to the Cubs and consolidated gains in winter ball. Good glove, improving bat. He could push Iglesias and potentially step in as Lowrie's replacement.
Relief pitcher - Rafael Dolis. Not really a sleeper, but Dolis has a Bard-like fastball and a power curve. Projects as a future closer/set-up man.
Starting pitcher - Nicholas Struck. Undersized pitcher has flown through the system and has has some velocity bumps. Only 21, he probably needs a consolidation year in AAA but could fit into the back end of a rotation.
Edited by amfox1, 14 October 2011 - 12:35 PM.