Guest Column: A Look at How the 2012 Cubs Draft is Going
It seemed a lot of you liked it when WISCGRAD did a brief rundown of the 2013 draft and how the draftees are doing so far, so WISCGRAD just went ahead and did the 2012 draft as well. What a guy...
|1||Albert Almora||OF||.321/.331/.464 between Arizona and Boise in 2012, .329/.376/.466 in 272 ABs for KC in 2013 before heading to DL. Will Play in the Arizona Fall League|
|CA||Pierce Johnson||RHP||Only 11 IP in 2012 after signing; now 11-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts for KC and Daytona|
|CA||Paul Blackburn||RHP||3.48 ERA in 20 IP for Arizona in 2012, 3.35 ERA in 43 IP for Boise in 2013|
|2||Duane Underwood||RHP||Only 8 IP in 2012 after signing; 4.56 ERA in 51 IP for Boise in 2013|
|3||Ryan McNeil||RHP||20 solid IP for Arizona in 2012 before requiring TJ surgery|
|4||Josh Conway||RHP||Recovered from TJ surgery in 2012, sufferred stress fracture to same elbow in Extended Spring Training 2013|
|5||Anthony Prieto||LHP||2.33 in 19 IP for Arizona in 2012; 4.29 ERA in 21 IP for Arizona in 2013|
|6||Trey Lang||RHP||Only 13 IP in 2012 after signing; 8.88 ERA in 24 IP for Arizaon and Boise in 2013|
|7||Stephen Bruno||3B||.361/.442/.496 in 252 ABs for Boise in 2012; .362/.436/.478 in 69 ABs for Daytona in 2013 but on DL most of season with recurring hamstring injury|
|8||Michael Heesch||LHP||2.45 ERA in 25 IP for Arizona and Boise in 2012; 3.78 ERA in 119 IP for KC in 2013|
|9||Chadd Krist||C||.274/.335/.433 line in 208 ABs for Boise and Peoria in 2012; .249/.361/.355 line in 291 ABs for KC and Daytona in 2013|
|10||Chad Martin||RHP||5.06 ERA in 16 IP for Arizona in 2012; now playing in the Frontier League|
|11||Rashad Crawford||OF||Only 30 ABs after signing in 2012; .208/.302/.277 line in 130 ABs for Arizona in 2013|
|12||Justin Amlung||RHP||4.00 ERA in 18 IP for Arizona/Boise in 2012; 3.95 ERA in 66 IP for KC in 2013|
|13||Bijan Rademacher||OF||.278/.320/.396 line in 187 ABs for Boise/Peoria in 2012; .287/.355/.381 line in 310 ABs for KC and Daytona in 2013|
|14||Corbin Hoffner||RHP||Only 12 IP in 2012 after signing; 1.55 ERA in 40 IP for Boise in 2013|
|15||Carlos Escobar||C||.234/.358/.390 line for Arizona/Boise in 2012; .233/.298/.373 line in 150 ABs for KC in 2013|
|16||Michael Hamann||RHP||Only 11 IP in 2012 after signing; 1.82 ERA in 24 IP for Boise and KC in 2013|
|17||Nathan Dorris||LHP||1.88 ERA in 24 IP for Arizona/Boise in 2012; 2.80 ERA in 61 IP for KC in 2013|
|18||David Bote||SS||.232/.349/.360 line for Arizona in 2012; .225/.329/.341 line for Daytona/KC/Boise in 2013|
|21||Stephen Perakslis||RHP||3.42 ERA in 26 IP for Arizona/Peoria in 2012; 2.95 ERA in 55 IP for KC in 2013|
|22||Eddie Orozco||RHP||1.88 ERA in 28 IP for Arizona/Boise in 2012; 4.88 ERA in 31 IP for KC/Boise in 2013|
|26||Jasvir Rakkar||RHP||Only 10 IP in 2012 after signing; 3.98 ERA in 31 IP for Boise in 2013|
|27||Tyler Bremer||RHP||5.71 ERA in 17 IP for Arizona/Boise in 2012; 2.25 ERA in 24 IP for Boise in 2013|
|28||Lance Rymel||C||.188/.246/.344 line for Boise in 2012; .260/.335/.329 line Boise in 2013|
|30||Izaac Garsez||OF||.246/.331/.410 line for Arizona/Boise in 2012; not playing in 2013|
|32||Tim Saunders||SS||.381/.431/.536 line in 194 ABs for Arizona/Peoria/Daytona in 2012; .226/.316/.321 line for Daytona in 2013|
|35||Ben Carhart||3B||.353/.419/.456 line for Arizona in 2012; .246/.297/.336 line for Daytona in 2013|
|40||Jacob Rogers||1B||.326/.462/.507 line for Arizona/Peoria in 2012; .284/.396/.419 line in 236 ABs for Boise in 2013|
Cubs @ Dodgers tonight...
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.
Fun with FIP
- J. Hammel 3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
- J. Arrieta 2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
- J. Lester 2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)