Sunday, June 22, 2014

Where Are They Now? 2011 Pro Debut Part 2

Last season when 2013 Topps Pro Debut came out, I decided to take a retrospective look at the Cubs prospects from the inaugural 2010 set and what they had done since. I got eight posts out of the sixteen card set and thought I'd do it again this year. Now that the 2014 set has been released, let's take a look at the Cubs prospects from 2011. This will be an ongoing series again for the next couple of Sundays.

Part 1 (Hak-Ju Lee and Brandon Guyer) can be seen here.

The Cubs drafted Reggie Golden in the second round of the 2010 amateur draft and joined their Arizona League team later that year. His card above has the foil stamp in the upper right corner that designates this as an actual "pro debut" card.

In 2011, Golden played in 64 games for the low A Boise Hawks, batting .249 with 7 home runs and 39 RBIs. He missed most of 2012 with a knee injury, playing just 7 games in Peoria all year. In 2013, the Cubs had switched Single A affiliates from the Peoria Chiefs to the Kane County Cougars. Despite the same amount of games as 2011 and two more at bats, Golden's number when down in categories they should have up and up where they should have gone down.

The Cubs released him towards the end of Spring Training this year.

Hunter Ackerman was also drafted in 2010 but in the 4th round. Unfortunately for Ackerman and the Cubs, his career path didn't get any better than Golden's. He spent '10, '11 and '12 in the Arizona League. He did make a couple of appearances for the Boise Hawks in 2012 as well but was released in mid-2013.

In April of this year, Ackerman signed with the Schaumberg Boomers of the independent Frontier League.

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait for the days when we have high draft picks actually amount to something. Sigh...