Ex-Cubs Corey Patterson and Felix Pie finding new life as Orioles

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These days you’re hearing a lot about the Chicago Cubs farm system and how great it is. And it’s true, there’s a ton of talent in the Cubsminor league system, but sometimes that talent doesn’t actually reach it’s full potential in the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. Sometimes it takes a change of scenery for a player to hit his stride.

If there’s one team that’s Chicago Cubs East, it’s the Baltimore Orioles as they have two of the Cubs highest rated prospects: Corey Patterson and Felix Pie in their outfield. They join fellow Cubs castoffs Jake Fox (utility infielder) and Orioles president of baseball Andy MacPhail; president/CEO of the Cubs from September 9, 1994 until Oct. 1, 2006. MacPhail had previously won two World Series championships as general manager of the Minnesota Twins.

Patterson, the third overall pick in the 1998 MLB Draft, was billed a “five tool player” when he was coming up through the Cubs’ organization. Pie (pronounced “pee-ay”), a fellow “five-tooler,” likewise had Andre the Giant sized hype as his co-pilot to the Majors. Neither lived up to the expectations in The Chi, but both are reinventing themselves now in Camden Yards.

By Paul M. Banks

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