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08:45 AM ET 07.17 | The Cubs are hoping they can develop their own Prince Fielder in Florida high school first baseman Dan Vogelbach, whom they selected in the second round of the draft. Scouting director Tim Wilken normally likes ultra-athletic players, but he fell in love with the 5-foot-11, 240-pounder's big-time power and was impressed that he dropped about 40 pounds from his junior to senior year. Sources indicate the Cubs are finalizing his signing, which could be for almost $1 million more than the slot recommendation. He has committed to the University to Florida.

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July 17, 2011  09:09 AM ET

Stay in college bro and hope you get drafted by another organization.

July 17, 2011  10:17 AM ET

Somehow the Cubs will mess this one up, its in their DNA.....

July 17, 2011  12:17 PM ET

the cubs, say that they will develope their own prince fielder, do they mean because this guy can hit plus the weight that this prospect has? i mean i thought the cubs likes ultra- athletic players? but 240 pounds? that could backfire their plans for the near future for the cubs!!

July 17, 2011  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Stay in college bro and hope you get drafted by another organization.

Like the Royals or Pirates!! LMAO

July 17, 2011  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Stay in college bro and hope you get drafted by another organization.

Like the Royals or Padres! LMAO

July 17, 2011  01:40 PM ET

dodgers are for sale???

July 17, 2011  01:40 PM ET

astros are for sale??

July 17, 2011  02:27 PM ET

A 5-foot-11, 240-pounder first baseman? What's wrong with this picture? How many throws will get by his out-stretched glove? Will he clog up the basepath whenever he gets on base? Seems like a pretty big risk to me. And the Cubbies don't have a positive record when they take risks on players such as Milton Bradley.

July 17, 2011  02:31 PM ET

The Cubbies were impressed that he dropped about 40 pounds from his junior to senior year. Wow! If he keeps that up, he will be another liteweight Cubbie hitter in no time!

July 17, 2011  02:55 PM ET

Couldn't they just sign Prince if they wanted??? I almost forgot ... the Ricketts are paupers and have nothing left to spend on improving the roster. We have some coin coming off the payroll next year, all we have to do is find some sucker to take Soriano's contract, and we'll be good to go :]

July 17, 2011  02:56 PM ET

If Prince comes to the North Side, he will be a King!!!

July 17, 2011  04:14 PM ET
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Couldn't they just sign Prince if they wanted??? I almost forgot ... the Ricketts are paupers and have nothing left to spend on improving the roster. We have some coin coming off the payroll next year, all we have to do is find some sucker to take Soriano's contract, and we'll be good to go :]

Why would Prince leave the Brewers for the Cubbies? He has more protection in the batting order with the Brewers. The Brewers are also way closer to having the players to win a championship. Also, Wrigley Field is a terrible place to bat in April, especially for a power hitter. Plus all those day games would wear on Fielder.

July 17, 2011  06:14 PM ET
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Why would Prince leave the Brewers for the Cubbies? He has more protection in the batting order with the Brewers. The Brewers are also way closer to having the players to win a championship. Also, Wrigley Field is a terrible place to bat in April, especially for a power hitter. Plus all those day games would wear on Fielder.

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July 17, 2011  06:53 PM ET

the cubs need to develope their own power surge but through their minor system+ the cubs need to stop wasting soo much talent by not falling on the brain wash from boras, if the cubs avoid any hefty deals with boras clients, then there its a posibility that they could really become number one franchise, on developing great players not only one but plenty of good arms plus enough good hitters!!

July 17, 2011  07:40 PM ET
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Stay in college bro and hope you get drafted by another organization.

For a $1M windfall above his draft slot, he can go to an Ivy League school for 20 years. Oh, he's signing alright. But, you'd turn down the cash for the college experience, right?

July 17, 2011  07:46 PM ET
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A 5-foot-11, 240-pounder first baseman? What's wrong with this picture? How many throws will get by his out-stretched glove? Will he clog up the basepath whenever he gets on base? Seems like a pretty big risk to me. And the Cubbies don't have a positive record when they take risks on players such as Milton Bradley.

Really? How tall do you think Jeff Bagwell was? Jimmy Foxx? Steve Garvey? John Kruk, anyone? BTW: Bagwell and Foxx are listed at 6 ft, but they weren't. For this reason, look for Vogelbach to be listed as 6' 0"

July 17, 2011  09:02 PM ET
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Really? How tall do you think Jeff Bagwell was? Jimmy Foxx? Steve Garvey? John Kruk, anyone? BTW: Bagwell and Foxx are listed at 6 ft, but they weren't. For this reason, look for Vogelbach to be listed as 6' 0"

None of those four weighed over 200 pounds either.

July 17, 2011  09:48 PM ET
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None of those four weighed over 200 pounds either.

Bagwell didn't weigh 200 lbs? Kruk? Don't go by the ridiculous listings you obviously reviewed. Bagwell was at least 225 and Kruk had to be in that vascinity, he was pretty fat.

 
July 19, 2011  03:44 AM ET

has anyone seen this guy? his power is unbelievable. check him out on you tube on one of the home run contests agains the best of his peers. He annialates them. Home runs in the high 400s with one above 500 feet. He could be a star. Chicago would embrace him.

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