Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
by Luke Stuckmeyer
We left our hotel at 7:00 am today to make sure that we'd catch the Ricketts family arriving at Fitch Park. This is the sunrise over Mesa on our way there. They seem like great people and according to D-Lee their message is very clear, "WIN." Lee walked away impressed and so did the other players I spoke to after a 45 minute team meeting with the new owners.
Other highlights of the day included the arrival of top prospect Starlin Castro. He's only 19, but Lou points out that the "special players" don't take very long. The Cubs and scouts around baseball say he's the "real deal." Lou compared the young Dominican shortstop to Renteria, but he really wants to be like Hanley Ramirez. I'd take either, as long as he's not Kevin Orie. Sorry Kevin.
Every eye in the Cubs organization will be watching this kid for the next six weeks. The biggest change in the Cubs over the last five years has clearly been in the minors. They have some really good looking prospects. Prospects are prospects...but these kids are big and they can play. I'll be breaking down the top kids to watch later this week.
By the time all the liveshots were done...so was the day. Here's the sunset over Tempe.
To see more pictures from Arizona, checkout Luke's photo gallery from springtraining.
Luke Stuckmeyer covers the Cubs on Comcast SportsNet. Follow him on Twitter @CSNStucky.