With all the commotion going on in Boston with the Red Sox, some of the ripples could be felt way down in Cape May County with Matt Szczur.
The Chicago Cubs prospect could be one of the minor leaguers headed to Boston as compensation for the Cubs getting Theo Epstein as their general manager, according to several reports and speculation. They have reportedly agreed to a deal in principle for at least five years worth $15 million.
Between low-Class A Peoria and Class-A Daytona, Szczur hit .293 with 10 homers, 46 RBIs and stole 24 bases in 29 chances.
When it comes to compensation, there aren't many players to choose from in the Cubs farm system if that is what Boston wants. However, outfielders Brett Jackson and Szczur are highly regarded by Chicago and could be high on the list.
At the start of the year, Szczur was ranked seventh in Chicago's farm system and was considered the fastest base runner and best athlete by Baseball America.
On Oct. 3, Jim Shonerd of Baseball America ranked him the eighth best prospect in the Florida State League.
"Though he often looked worn out after his mid-July promotion, his athleticism was obvious and he rallied to bat .368 in the playoffs," Shonerd wrote.
Daytona won the FSL championship.