2009 Cubs Draft Tracker Ticker - Day 2

ROUND 4 (140): Chris Rusin, LHP (Kentucky)
L/L, 6'2, 190, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior was the Wildcats' "Friday night starter" (#1 starter)... Workhorse went 7-4 with a 4.20 ERA, 14 games (14 GS, 4 CG), 94.1 IP, 95 H, 27/108 BB/K, and a .258 OBA for Wildcats in 2009... 87-89 MPH fastball and decent curve, but change-up needs work... Had elbow surgery in 2008...  

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ROUND 5 (170): Wes Darvill, SS (Brookswood SS - Langley Blaze Baseball Club - Langley, BC)
L/R, 6'3, 175, 17 years old
COMMENT: Member of Canadian Junior National Team... One of the best teenage (secondary school) position players in Canada... Fast runner (6.87 60) with a line drive stroke... Signed NLI to attend Bossier Parish CC (Bossier City, LA)...

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ROUND 6 (200): Brooks Raley, LHP/OF (Texas A&M)
L/L, 6'3, 185, 20 years old
COMMENT: Draft-eligible sophomore... Two-way player in HS and in college... Was Aggies "Friday night" (#1) starter... Went 7-3 with 3.76 ERA, and allowed 80 hits (.237 OBA) with 26/95 BB/K in 93.1 IP in 15 GS (1 CG)... Throws 90 MPH sinker, 93 MPH four-seam fastball, slider, curve, and change-up, although no pitch stands-out... As position player, has plus-speed, plus-arm, and gap power... Played OF and hit 304/420/424, with 1 HR & 26 RBI, 19 2B, 2 3B, 41/32 BB/K in 273 PA, with 25 SB (4 CS) and 11 SH on days he wasn't pitching... Played corner OF at A&M, but would project as a CF in pro ball... Was named "Big 12 Freshman of the Year" in 2008... My guess is Cubs will probably try him as CF, and then move him back to pitcher if he struggles with the bat...

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ROUND 7 (230): Blair Springfield, CF/SS (MacArthur HS - Decatur, IL)
R/R, 5'10, 187 18 years old
COMMENT: "Athletic" defender and aggressive hitter with good bat speed... Has signed NLI to attend Illinois State...

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ROUND 8 (260): Robert Whitenack, RHP (SUNY- Old Westbury)
R/R, 6'5, 185, 20 years old
COMMENT: College junior was named 2009 ECAC "Pitcher of the Year"... Went 5-2 with a 2.87 ERA, with 79 K and only 46 hits allowed in in 67.1 IP... "Out" pitch is a knuckle-curve... Had his usually high-80's fastball up to 93 MPH this Spring...

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ROUND 9 (290): Richard Jones, C (The Citadel)
L/R, 6'0, 210, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior is big-time lefty power-jacker, hitting 378/449/673 with 17 HR & 69 RBI and 27/52 BB/K in 285 PA for the Bulldogs in 2009... Offensive-first catcher who only threw-out 13% of opposing base-stealers... Was used as a DH quite a bit...

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ROUND 10 (320): Charles Thomas, 3B (Edward Waters College)
R/R, 6'4, 225, 20 years old
COMMENT: College junior is a powerfully-built corner infielder... Hit .336 with 8 HR and 30 RBI in 45 games for EWC in 2009... Played 3B in college, but may be moved to 1B in pro ball...

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ROUND 11 (350): John Mincone, LHP (Suffolk County CC West)
L/L, 6'1, 215, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC sophomore went 6-0 with a 0.92 ERA, allowing just 32 hits in 59 IP, with a 13/91 BB/K for the Longhorns in 2009... Good hitter, played1B & DH on days he wasn't pitching... Transferred to SCCC after spending his freshman year at James Madison...

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ROUND 12 (380): Runey Davis, OF (Howard JC)
R/R, 6'0, 185, 20 years old
COMMENT: Selected by Pirates in 11th round of 2007 draft, but did not sign... Transferred to Howard JC after spending freshman year at the University of Texas... Was hit by a pitch 14 times and stole 34 bases for JUCO World Series champion Howard JC in 2009... Will transfer to Mississippi State if he doesn't sign with the Cubs...

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ROUND 13 (410): Chad Taylor, SS/RHP (Jefferson HS - Tampa, FL)
R/R, 6'1, 175, 18 years old
COMMENT: Tremendously-versatile and athletic all-around baseball player, he made his HS All-Conference team as a shortstop, but he also has played CF and has been used both as a starter and as a closer on the mound... Signed NLI with South Florida...

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ROUND 14 (440): Danny Keefe, RHP (U. of Tampa)
R/R, 6'4, 185, 21 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Spot-starter and part-time closer for Spartans in 2009, Keefe went 4-5 with a 4.13 ERA and two saves, allowing 69 hits (.264 OBA) with a 19/70 BB/K in 65.1 IP...

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ROUND 15 (470): Cody Shields, CF (Auburn U. - Montgomery)
R/R, 6'4, 190, 21 years old
COMMENT: College senior... NAIA 2nd team All-American was the Southern States Athletic Conference "Player of the Year"... Hit .461 with 7 HR and 43 RBI for the "other" Auburn in 2009...

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ROUND 16 (500): Keenyn Walker, OF (Judge Memorial Catholic HS - Salt Lake City, UT)
B/R, 6'2, 185, 18 years old
COMMENT: Hit .517 in his senior year at JMCHS... Also played safety on Bulldog football team... Has signed NLI to play baseball at Central Arizona JC...

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ROUND 17 (530): B. J. Dail, RHP (Mt. Olive College)
R/R, 6'2, 205, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior was 1st Team All-Peach Belt Conference... Was ace of Mt Olive staff, going 7-0 with a 2.97 ERA in 63.2 IP, 18/64 BB/K and 43 hits (.188 OBA)... Transferred to Mt. Olive after spending two years at U. of North Carolina...

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ROUND 18 (560): Matt Williams, C (Duke)
R/R, 5'11, 220, 22 years old
COMMENT: A typical veteran college senior backstop with strong receiving skills and a questionable bat, hit 345/421/475 with 5 HR & 47 RBI, 12 2B, 1 3B, 24/20 BB/K in 261 PA, and threw out 48% opposing base-stealers for Blue Devils in 2009...

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ROUND 19 (590): Sergio Burruel, C (Trevor Browne HS - Phoenix AZ)
L/R, 5'11, 17 years old
COMMENT: Lefty slugger hit 15 HR with 55 RBI for TBHS in 2009... Member of Class 5-A All-State team... Like Cubs 16th round pick Keenyn Walker, Burruel has signed NLI with Central Arizona JC...

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ROUND 20 (620): Eric Erickson, LHP (U. of Miami)
R/L, 6'0, 174, 21 years old
COMMENT: Freshman All-American... Had Tommy John surgery post-2008 and missed his junior season (2009) at "The U".. Was a combined 19-5 3.27 ERA with 34/131 BB/K in 168 IP and 26 GS pre-TJS (2007-08)... Cubs took a similar gamble on another pitcher rehabbing from TJS a year ago, drafting RHP Jon Nagel in the 17th round of the 2008 draft and then having him continue his rehab at Fitch Park... 

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ROUND 21 (650) Greg Rohan, 1B (Kent State)
R/R, 6'0, 205, 23 years old
COMMENT: 5th year senior... Oldest player selected by the Cubs through the first two days of the draft... Hit 349/436/609 with 15 HR and 63 RBI, and 29/32 BB/K in 282 PA for the Golden Flashes in 2009... Was 2008 MAC Player of the Year and was also an All-American in 2008... Was college teammate of Cubs 2008 3rd round pick RHP Chris Carpenter...

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ROUND 22 (680) D. J. Fitzgerald, SS (Dyersburg State CC)
R/R, 5'11, 195, 20 years old
COMMENT: Speedy middle-infielder, has played both 2B and SS for DSCC... Hit .304 in 2009...  Was a two-time PUMA All-American at Ocean Lakes HS in Virginia Beach, VA... Was a Georgia Southern recruit out of high school, before ending up at a JC... 

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ROUND 23 (710) Jeffrey Pruitt, CF/RHP (Cal Sate - Northridge)
R/R, 6'5, 220, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior has plus-arm & plus-speed, is a solid defender in CF, and has the look of a power hitter, but he can't seem to do anything with the bat, hitting just 212/332/268 with two doubles and four triples, no HR, and 26/53 BB/K in 215 PA, and 24 SB (only four CS)... This guy is what hitting instructors call a "project"...  

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ROUND 24 (740) Gerardo Esquivel, RHP (De La Salle Institute - Chicago, IL)
R/R, 6'1, 170, 18 years old
COMMENT: Has signed NLI with Kansas State, so Cubs will have to pay over-slot to sign him...

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ROUND 25 (770) Justin Bour, 1B (George Mason)
L/R, 6'4, 250, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior... First team All-Colonial Athletic Association... At 6'4 250, Justin Bour is this year's Rebel Ridling... Bour hit 339/420/633 with 17 HR & 66 RBI and 14 doubles, with 24/33 BB/K in 257 PA (not a high "K" total for a power hitter) for GMU in 2009... Just turned 21 last month...

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ROUND 26 (800) Steve Grife, RHP (Mercyhurst College) 
R/R, 6'0, 177, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior.. Went 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA for Lakers in 2009, with 33/73 BB/K and 62 hits allowed (.244 OBA) in 66.2 IP...

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ROUND 27 (830) Corey Martin, RHP (Western Carolina)
R/R, 6'3, 195, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior had a disappointing 2009 season at WCU, going 7-4 with a 5.56 ERA for the Catamounts, with 29/56 BB/K and 76 hits allowed (.283 OBA) in 68 IP...

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ROUND 28 (860) Jordan Petraitis, INF (Miami of Ohio)
R/R, 6'3, 225, 22 years old
COMMENT: Hit 343/434/478 with 0 HR & 13 RBI, seven doubles, one triple, and 9/11 BB/K in 83 PA for Golden Flashes in 2009... College senior will turn 23 in August... Was selected by the Cubs in 41st round of the 2008 draft but did not sign, so the fact that the Cubs drafted him again at a higher slot than last year must mean they are almost positive he wants to sign this time around (a player must give his permission before he can be drafted again by the same club)... Probably projects as a utility infielder, presuming he ever gets out of "A" ball... ...

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ROUND 29 (890) Tim Clubb, RHP (Missouri State)
R/R, 6'2, 195, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Was the Missouri Valley Conference "Pitcher of the Year" in 2008 when he went 11-0 with a 2.52 ERA, but he dipped to 4-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 2009, allowing 98 hits in 88 IP (.284 OBA), with 36/74 BB/K.... Cubs will have to hope that the 2008 Clubb was the real deal, and that the 2009 Clubb was just an anomaly... Was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 but did not sign... Younger brother Ryan is pitching for the University of Missouri...

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ROUND 30 (920) Daniel Sheppard, C (Downers Grove North HS - Downers Grove, IL)
R/R, 6'0, 180, 18 years old
COMMENT: Star football player (MLB/QB) and baseball player at DGNHS, Sheppard is headed to the University of Iowa and it is unlikely that the Cubs can sign him, mainly because what Sheppard would probably want to give up his free ride to Iowa is more than what he is worth as a baseball prospect right now... Look for the Cubs to watch Sheppard's progress at Iowa and maybe revisit this in 2012, next time Sheppard becomes eligible for the Rule 4 Draft...

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The draft resumes tomorrow, with the final 20 rounds (31-50).

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Comments

Good to see you're working the board now, I am going to go work out... Get us some more 3rd round talents with these next 6 picks.

If I may ask, where were you watching the draft? MLB.com draft tracker is far from up to date.

Listening on MLB.com.

Just go to the first story on Cubs.com and click on the link, you get a popup with the audio on the conference call and a draft tracker.

Wilken stated we will take the best player available. Interesting that such best player also fortunately meets our needs. I believe first 7 rounds, 3 LHP (Kirk, Rusin and Raley). Also two left handed hitters.

Raley is also a L/L center fielder.

Drew Storen signed already (Nationals with their pick they got for not signing Crow, which they would have lost had they not signed Storen). Expected to start in A ball right away.

Sound strategy by the nats IMHO. Take best talent in year 1. If he won't sign, grab easy sign in year 2. Textbook use of the new rules.

Angels took U of Washington QB Jake Locker. Thought by some to have the potential to be a speedier Matt Holliday, Locker is set on the NFL. Interesting pick -- I wonder if they negotiated with him prior to the choice.

Cubs meanwhile took Joseph Thomas from Edward Waters College.

A little bit of a 'look in' at the Dodgers war room. As they turn on their phone you can hear someone in the background say 'No, we take Powers.", and surprise surprise, they take some guy named Powers.

there are better places to follow this...like here...but I'm also keeping track of this at Wiklifield...more for future reference.

http://wiklifield.thecubreporter.com/Cubs_2009_Jun...

so far I've gotten through 2005...sortable table makes it nifty.

Nice... well done.

thnx...nothing you can't find at Baseball Reference, but I tried to make it easy to sort by position and schools. I'm always curious how many high school versus college players, etc....

I hope to one day figure out how I can have it automatically group players from certain schools over the years. Say someone gets drafted from University of Michigan in 2006 and 2008...if you click on University of Michigan, it'll go to that page and list all the players over the years drafted from there. Just have to figure it out...think it's something called "Semantics" for media wiki's, but I haven't had time to play with it.

neat...think I figured it out...

http://wiklifield.thecubreporter.com/Baylor_Univer...

god knows when I'll get to all of it...

Well done... let's stay away from Baylor players, though.

eh, not so well done...
seems to be now pulling any player from that draft if he finds that school, rather than just that player.

well I'm closer than I was 6 hours ago...

LHP John Mincone in 11th from Suffulk CC in New York, OF Burundi Davis in 12th (redraft) from Howard College in Texas (JC).

“There may have been some guys better on the board as far as ranking goes and you’re thinking maybe they get to you. But we put a fair amount of time into this guy.”

says they had 8 to 9 different scouts see him, fwiw..
that quote makes it sound like there isn't the funds for paying overslot this year...at least not substantially.

also...

“I’ve seen him handle velocity pretty good,” he said. “I’ve seen him handle the low ball pretty good. I’ve seen him doing it with the wood bat and I like his swing plane.

“(Defensively) I would say he’s got a chance to have at least plus if not better range,” Wilken added. “He’s going to see balls hit like he’s never seen before, so sometimes it takes awhile to figure that out. But his arm is average to a little better than average, and he’s got plus accuracy to go with it. With that combination … it does make him a little bit of a weapon in the outfield defensively.”

Wilken seems to be more sure that Jackson can stay at CF than he did with Colvin.

and finally...

“This guy is a hard-nosed gamer,” Wilken said of Jackson. “He’s got real good intensity and comes to the park with the same energy everyday. Edmonds might have been one of the best defensive players in center field the last 20 years, so I’m not going to put that on Jackson, but I think he can be a pretty good defensive center fielder. I have no doubts whatsoever.”

says LeMahieu will play both 2b and SS...

Does it seem like he was sold on Jackson no matter what players fell to the Cubs? Other than Pollock, it doesn't seem like the Cubs would have taken anyone else who could have realistically fallen to them (Turner, Purke, Matzek, etc.).

We're drafting some guys that may require overslot. LeMahieu and Raley top that list, but some of the high school guys may cost. It does seem like a lot of teams decided that they would spread out the money a bit in this draft, so that may be what the Cubs thought process was.

Kirk’s fastball was anywhere from 89 to 94 mph this past season, and he combined that with a traditional 12-6 curveball, a changeup, and a harder, “slurve” type pitch.

led his team to Texas 6A championship as well...high school coaches said his control got considerably better as the year went on.

before tonight's game...Sun-Times says Fox will get sent down(bah).

Lou also has no plans to remove Marmol from 8th inning duties.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/16152...

Ramirez started baseball activities, fungo bat swings yesterday, taking ground balls today. ASB is the current target for his return.

Harden will have a 5 IP/85 pitch limit on Saturday.

Sending Fox back to Iowa seems to be a pretty bad call at this point.

We already have Blanco to back up at SS and 2B and Fontenot playing 3B and Scales backing him up. Those are the positions we would use Miles at.

On the other hand, despite last night's game, we're still struggling on offense. We're now going to send away an effective (.417 in a small sample) power bench bat and replace him with a crappy hitter who plays field positions we already have players for? Miles is obviously better on defense than Fox, but the subtraction of Fox is more negative than the addition of Miles, if that makes sense.

Keep Miles on the DL...

Or just send down Scales.

or Blanco...

Yeah, Blanco makes more sense, but I (for no reason at all) like him more.

But it would be ridiculous to send down Fox and keep Scales, Blanco and Miles (along with Theriot and Fontenot). If only we could combine two of them into one, like Station.

Aaron Miles 204/250/265
Jake Fox 417/429/583
Bobby Scales 226/328/472
Andres Blanco 250/323/357

"Aaron Miles: Almost as awesome as Bobby Scales. But not really."

Are you basing thing upon their full careers up to this point or just the early part of 2009 in which Miles was injured?

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Aaron Miles 204/250/265
Jake Fox 417/429/583
Bobby Scales 226/328/472
Andres Blanco 250/323/357

You didn't mention the awesomeness in this post. I wasn't sure if you were measuring their levels of awesomeness solely upon their 2009 numbers or upon their entire careers. Apparently it is the former.

How can Bobby 'Sweet Swing' Scales be hitting .226? Felix Pie's career average is .217!

He hasn't adjusted as much as I hoped he would. On the other hand batting average is a trash statistic, he still currently has a better OPS than D Lee, Reed Johnson, Ryan Theriot, Soriano, Hoffpauir, Fontenot, Bradley, Blonco, Soto, and Miles.

Many people consider OPS the best overall measure of production.

EDIT: And I know how much you love BABIP, Bobby Scales has a 243 BABIP

What sort of adjustment do you make to not being physically able to swing the bat quickly enough? Steroids?

He's striking out one in 4.7 at bats. His BABIP is due to rise, but if you think he would hit 30 HR's in 610 at bats... well, that's just not reasonable.

I don't get having a guy hit .400 in the minors, .400 in the majors, and sending him down. He wasn't awful in outfield, I know he's not Clemente out there, but come on. The guy could at least PH and be a double switch candidate in some games. I'd rather have Fox PH'ing than any other rh hitter they scrounge up.

If TCR uses the blog to call out someone for drug use, maybe you can get some free publicity.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4248759

I nominate Aaron Miles.

"You can have my urine, my hair, my blood, my stool -- anything you can test," Ibanez said

'But here's the deal, when the tests come back negative you've got to eat it all.'

Here's the Inquirer article:

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/homepage/20090...

You guys beat me by a couple minutes.

I'd STILL rather have him than Bradley, although, the time thing is a little long...

Tigers just drafted Geovany Soto...neat trick.

Can we draft Curtis Granderson?

Aaron Miles 204/250/265
Jake Fox 417/429/583
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if only Miles would only get as little playing time as Fox did I could live with that...on second thought, no way. Having a bench of righty options like Miles, Blanco, Scales and Hill really stinks.

Something tells me Fox will be back 6/23 (series at Detroit/WSux) to alternate as DH with Hoffpauir
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One oddity I heard on the TV (and it's true). The Cubs don't play a national league team at Wrigley in the month of June.

That's what two 9 game road trips and a home interleague schedule can do.

This one's sort of intriguing:

21st round, pick 650 Greg Rohan. 6' 205 lb R/R 23yo first basemen but he hit .349 .436 .609 with 29BB/32K's. In 2008 he hit .355 .443 .772 with 17BB/35K's.

On his career it looks like 47 HR's. Not too bad at #650.

him being 23 in college probably helped a bit...

Yes, were he 19 he wouldn't be around in the 21st round.

From BA's draft blog:

'The hulking senior has a very wide stance, and when he’s up to bat, his teammates often cheer him on by yelling "Rut Roh" in their best Scooby Doo voice. Or maybe they’re just warning the pitcher...'

drafted in Round 28 out of high school by Mariners...

1B Regan Flaherty

Maybe Hendry's keeping both Miles and Blanco up until another roster move has to be made when either/or:

1. Freel is off the DL (although they could just send Scales back to Iowa).

2. Interleague action (6/23).

Maybe it's Blanco v. Miles until then. Winner stays, loser packs his bags.

Or maybe there's a prize for having the shortest 25-man roster (literally and figuratively).

Freel is suppose to be back Friday, although I haven't heard anything about rehab.

Fox can't DH until June 23rd in Detroit. That gives him two weeks with Iowa to get his stroke back.

Been on the road -really love the Raley pick. He also fits the model of arms that we took last year, but in general, I like him. I think I prefer Raley as an arm, but I'm good either way.

Yeah< i like Raley much more as a pitcher.

I don't know, he sounds like if were able to work at hitting he may be an Erstad type, which to me probably has a little more value than a #3 or #4 starter. The sensible may be to start him off as a pitcher until his arm blows, then move him to the outfield.

Some of these guys are going to require over slot bonuses to sign. LeMahieu and Raley are the obvious ones.

Whitenack (8th round) might need to go over slot. Maybe Erickson (20th rounder coming off surgery), Esquivel (24 - KSU commit) and Sheppard (30 - Iowa commit).

I *love* the Whitenack pick - getting a guy with a plus out pitch in the 8th round reminds me of Dan McDaniel late last year).

Also, looks like Blair Springfield (7) and Keenyn Walker (16) are major athletes who might cost a bit. Walker is something like the 80th rated safety prospect in the country per Rivals so he might be a bit expensive to drop football a la Logan Watkins and Tarlandas Mitchell last season.

By the way, 8 of the first 30 picks were HSers. Wilken likes JC kids and young juniors, but not that many HSers since he got to the Cubs. That's a surprise. The Cubs only signed 3 HS prospects last year (Cerda, Watkins and Mitchell) and they only signed 2 the year before (Vitters and Acosta). Let's see how many they sign this year.

80th rated safety? Does that even get you a D1 scholarship?

I would think so. I imagine most schools will have 4 safeties (or, roughly, 1 safety per scholarship class) on their roster and consider how many D1 schools there are.

And I just looked at his Rivals web page. He has offers from Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and Boise State. Not bad.

At first glance, I'm fairly pleased with our day 2. , Actually, I'm quite excited. We took some upside gambles - now, we gotta get them signed. That's going to be tough, but I hope we can get some of the key guys down. I could see Erickson asking for at least 2nd round money, if not more, to sign (and I hope we shell it out, provided it is reasonable).

I still would've preferred seeing a better selection of power bats, as I'm not too enthused about the guys we drafted developing into big power threats that will be able to steadily climb the ladder.
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Btw, as a whole side note, the draft really needs to be two days. One final day for round 31-50 is so eh ... considering many of these picks won't sign. I think they should go around 5-8 rounds in day 1 and hammer out the rest in day 2.

There's not a lot of teams that came out of this draft with power bats, because there were very few to be found.

I wouldn't figure on signing many over slot/bonus babies this draft. Does anyone remember how deep the comp pick pool runs? I seem to remember 3 rounds. However I'm probably mistaken.

As an addendum. I'm at Rosemary beach in fla. I highly recommend it to my fellow tcr'ers.

I thought it was just the first and supplemental, but what do I know?

What do you like about it? It looks like a pretty short drive for me -- I live in Austin and am taking a massively long vacation in a few weeks and the wife and I are gonna hit the east coast so this looks like a worthwhile stop. I see that it is near Panama City, where I went in college before it became such huge source of debauchery. Not that there is anything wrong with a bit of debauchery.

I'm 30 but have have a 7 year old daughter. So I like the family atmosphere of rosmary beach. However I rented this beachouse with my 3 brothers. So the close proximity makes it ideal for us and the girls to make the panama city trek. It's really amazing how family oriented this beach is. Yet 8 minutes from happening nightlife.

Perusing the BA Top 200 list:

1. 31st overall Jackson 34th ranked
2. 79th overall D.J. LeMahieu 73rd
3. 109th overall Kirk 151st
4. 140th overall Rusin 194th
5. 170th overall Darvill not ranked
5. 200th overall Raley 82nd.

That looks like it.

Edit - whoops.

Soriano, Theriot, Bradley, DLee, Johnson, Soto, Zambrano, Scales, Miles

vs

Bourn, Tejada, Pence, CLee, Berkman, Blum, Kata, Quintero, WandyRod

...just kidding and Z is batting 9th (but I can wish for the above)

Awesome update AZ Phil. Some of those guys sound like they may be real prospects. The catchers and the kid from Miami in particular. Erickson probably going to want first round money, though, isn't he?

Sergio Burruel - the 19th round catcher from Arizona - supposedly fell because of signability concerns per BA (doesn't sound like anything too outlandish).

Epitaph: He was 5-6 as a pinch hitter

We put up with Daryle Ward for all of 2008? I'd say that's a better niche he's carved out, being a real pinch hitter... instead of carrying the 3-4 nearly identical backup infielders ala Miles, Freel, Scales and Blanco
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Jake Fox on well, Jake Fox:

"Would I make some mistakes there (at 3B)? Yeah, I would because I don't have a lot of innings there. But I feel like with the time and hard work, I can play anywhere on the field. Now maybe they have a different story.

I'm short, fat and fighting against a little athleticism issues. But I think I could if I had enough innings and had enough hard work there."

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/spor...

Gotta like the attitude, but have to wonder about his sanity if he thinks he can play short or center.

More good news on Jackson.

Minorleaguesplits.com has put up the splits on the top 5 rounds of collegiate players.

http://aluminum.minorleaguesplits.com/draft09/jack...

Jackson against conference (i.e. better) pitching:

.228 .331 .426, with 34Ks in 101 at bats.

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