Not many Cubs fans, if any, know who Dustin Geiger is. For those who don’t know, he’s a first base prospect, currently in A+ Daytona, who was drafted in the 24th round in 2010. He is starting to open some eyes this season, well, he’s opening my eyes anyway. In the past, Dustin was not considered to be a highly touted prospect in the Cubs system and in the past he’s had a slash line of .244/.290/.414 with 18 homers in 512 plate appearances in low A Peoria (now Kane County).
This year seems to be a different story however, he’s slashing .281/.364/.448 with 14 homers and 78 RBI. Dustin’s BABIP is a little bit high at .324, so we should expect his average to be a little lower than it is, but obviously those are solid numbers coming from a guy who is having a breakout year. The thing that impresses me the most is his new found ability to take walks and to limit strike outs. His walk rate this year is an impressive 9.7% and he has limited his strike out rate to just 18.5%.
He can also field his position pretty well. He has a .992 fielding percentage over his minor league career at first base. I know Geiger is blocked by Anthony Rizzo, and you could even say Dan Vogelbach, but I believe that if he continues to improve he could become a nice trade chip in the future. I’m looking forward to seeing what this kid is made of throughout his progression to the majors.