Are we seeing the next Ryne Sandburg in Chicago? No, but we are seeing a player that is able to hit to all fields, has a good eye, and has succeeded at every level. Here is what one scout commented on Darwin last year, Darwin has the best baseball IQ among Cubs prospects, and is first in competitiveness among all Cubs prospects. Here is a little snippet from his resume. Darwin won State Championship in High School. He then went onto Oregon State and became PAC-10 Freshman of the year. In 2006 he helped the Beavers win the College World Series. From there he played on Team USA which won a gold medal at the World University Games. After that accomplishment he went back to OSU and won a 2nd CSW.
Let’s look at his number throughout his career. In college he was a .311 hitter with an OPB of .392 as a 3 year starter. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2007 draft and started in Rookie ball and quickly moved up the ladder. His career minor league numbers are solid. In 423 minor league games he hit .286 with a .334 OBP. So in 2 ½ years he makes it to the big leagues. He now has just about taken over completely at 2B for the Cubs. In 50+ games in the MLB he has continued hitting. To date he has a .279 BA to go along with a solid .321 OBP. He has never shown any power on his journey, with 5HR being his high water mark but he is someone who is gritty, competitive, a winner, and a producer. He did hit his 1st MLB HR last night. In deep leagues he worth a look and in NL only leagues he is a must have with both 2B and SS eligibility. Should be statshed for your Dynasty Team too.