I don't know what made me go into the past to find a comparison to Vogelbach, I just have a tendency to do that. I also really liked Killebrew as a player and always wished he was a Cub.
The Fielder comparison is actually very direct as a little research into it reminded me. Both are about 6 foot and while Vogelbach is currently about 240 he did until recently match Fielder's 280 lbs. Both hit left-handed and both are from Florida . Both generate a great deal of HR power. One huge difference: Fielder has proven himself in the Majors. Vogelbach may be 4 - 5 years away. This blog dwells on the comparisons: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big...urn=mlb-wp8896
The last line in that blog got around to what prompted my reading and this post: " ... Does this selection mean they definitely won't be making a play on Fielder or Albert Pujols when they become free agents this next offseason? ... " My answer to that is " I certainly hope not ". My answer to that is I hope they go after a new 1st baseman. And I hope it's not Pujols. To me signing Pujols would give as much benefit by getting him away from St. Louis as his great bat would give on the field. But let somebody else sign him away. The Angels maybe? I root for the very obtainable Fielder (or at least much more-so obtainable).
Prince is several years younger than Pujols. He will play 2012 at age 28 - the start of the prime of a career - Pujols will be 32 (the start of a decline?) in 2010, a significant 4 years difference. Fielder will also, while being very expensive, cost possibly half what Pujols costs - let the others fight over Pujols. Make the Redbirds pay through the nose to keep him. Bleed them. Sign Fielder for the most productive years of his career, say through age 32 (5 years - he might hit 175 HR over that period - well over 1000 RBI) and hope to replace him with the likes of a Vogelbach around 2015 - 2016. The inherent timing is quite appealing. Vogelbach would be about 23 and maybe ready to play full-time and take over.
That said if I were whomever is Cubs GM after 2011 I'd think long and hard about giving Fielder up to 7 years - he'd play that last year at 34 - probably still very productive. Pujols will be at least near his 40's at the end of whatever contract he next signs. Production for pay is much less likely IMO. We already have 1 major Albatross on the roster (for 3.5 more years).
The went after another Florida kid in the 3rd round: a college kid (University of Miami) who is a switch-hitting CF named Ezekiel (Zeke) DeVoss. An interesting draft for the Cubs.