Theo broke tradition and took outfielder Donnie Dewees out of North Florida in the second round on Monday night. Normally Epstein takes a hitter in the first round and a pitcher in the second: Not tonight.
The 6’0” 185 pound outfielder was outstanding in 2015. He hit .438 for the University of North Florida along with 15 HRs and 23 SB. He led all NCAA Division I hitters with 96 hits and ranked second in slugging.
I really like Dewees for several reasons
1. Like Happ, he has an established hit tool
2. Hits gap to gap and spreads the ball around
4. Great speed
5. Can play left and center
6. Good top of the order type hitter
7. Bats left and throws left
8. Already faced adversity with a wrist injury and missed all of the 2014 college season but came back to be an All-Star in the Cape Cod League that summer
Here is what Fan Graphs said of his skills:
Dewees has very good command of the strike zone and has shown tremendous aptitude in adjusting within games and even AB’s. While he has put up good power numbers this season (and notably in the Northwoods League in 2013), the swing is still geared more for hard contact and doubles/gap-to-gap power.
Dewees will likely make the Cubs Top 30 Prospect list in the 20s when the list is redone.
As for where he will play, like Happ, Dewees and his advanced hit tool should start at Eugene this month and go to South Bend in August.