Cubs future Infield will Likely Include Logan Watkins

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Given the way the current Chicago Cubs season is going, it’s never too early to start thinking about 2011, 2012 and beyond. And one name sure to be in the mix on those future rosters is current Peoria Chiefs infielder Logan Watkins. Baseball America ranks him as the 9th best prospects in their minor league organization. He’s currently hitting just .252, but did make the Midwest League All-Star team in the first half.

By Paul M. Banks

His current Manager, Casey Kopitzke described him thusly: He’s a gamer, versatile plays short, second, centerfield, he’ll do anything you ask of him. Puts pressure on opposing teams with his speed, bunt, move the all around. A good situational hitter.”

So what kind of player can Watkins be for the Cubs at the next level? Any player comparisons come to mind? I asked Watkins himself, “My hitting instructor says maybe one day the same kind of game as Chase Utley. He hits for a little more power than I do, but maybe some day,” he replied.

“I enjoy watching his swing, you can tell he works, he doesn’t get complacent,” Watkins continued.

Paul M. Banks is President and CEO of The Sports Bank.net , a Midwest focused webzine. He is also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, the Chicago Tribune’s blog network, Walter Football.com, the Washington Times Communities, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports.com

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