2010 Rule 4 Draft Deadline Update

The deadline for signing HS, JC, and college players (other than seniors) selected in this past June's Rule 4 Draft has past, as the Cubs announced the signing of four draft picks (RHP Ben Wells, RHP Kevin Rhoderick, LHP Casey Harman, and LHP Brian Smith) prior to the midnight deadline on Monday.  


In total, the Cubs signed 29 of their 50 draft picks, just about the usual number they sign each year. In addition, the Cubs signed four Non-Drafted Free-Agents (NDFA) to provide depth at Mesa and Boise.


Here are the 2010 draft picks and Non-Drafted Free-Agents (NDFA) who were signed by the Cubs, and those who the Cubs were not able to sign. The highest draft pick to get away was 6th round pick OF Ivan DeJesus, who will be attending UAB.

NOTE: The 8/15 deadline does not apply to college seniors selected in last month's draft, but the Cubs signed all of the college seniors they drafted.


2010 RULE 4 DRAFT PICKS SIGNED (29):
1. HAYDEN SIMPSON, RHP (Southern Arkansas) – at AZL Cubs (60-day DL - illness)
2. REGGIE GOLDEN, OF (Wetumpka HS – Wetumpka, AL) – at AZL Cubs
3. MICAH GIBBS, C (LSU) - at BOISE
4. HUNTER ACKERMAN, LHP (Louisburg JC) – at AZL Cubs
5. MATT SZCZUR, OF (Villanova) – TEMPORARILY INACTIVE LIST (will be playing college football at Villanova)
7. BEN WELLS, RHP (Bryant HS – Bryant, AR) – NOT ASSIGNED YET
8. CAM GREATHOUSE, LHP (Gulf Coast CC) – at BOISE
9. KEVIN RHODERICK, RHP (Oregon State) - NOT ASSIGNED YET
10. AARON KURCZ, RHP (College of Southern Nevada) – at BOISE
11. ERIC JOKISCH, LHP (Northwestern) – at BOISE
12. AUSTIN REED, RHP (Rancho Cucamonga HS – Rancho Cucamonga, CA) – at AZL Cubs
13. PIERRE LePAGE, 2B (Connecticut) – at BOISE
14. COLIN RICHARDSON, RHP (Winter Haven HS – Winter Haven, FL) – at AZL Cubs
15. ELLIOT SOTO, SS (Creighton) – at BOISE
16. RYAN HARTMAN, RHP (Mt. Zion HS - Mt. Zion, IL) – at AZL Cubs
19. DUSTIN FITZGERALD, RHP (Hill JC) – at BOISE
20. RYAN CUNEO, 1B (Delaware) – at BOISE
22. JEFF VIGURS, C (Bryant U.) – at BOISE
23. MATT LOOSEN, RHP (Jacksonville U.) – at BOISE
24. DUSTIN GEIGER, 3B (Merritt Island HS - Brevard County, FL) – at AZL Cubs
25. ERIC RICE, RHP (Palm Beach State CC) – at BOISE
28. JOE ZELLER, RHP (The Master’s College) – at AZL Cubs
29. CASEY HARMAN, LHP (Clemson) - NOT ASSIGNED YET
32. BRENT EBINGER, LHP (Lambuth U.) – at BOISE
34. DUSTIN HARRINGTON, INF (East Carolina) – at BOISE
37. CHAD NOBLE, C (Northwestern) – at AZL Cubs
40. BRIAN SMITH, LHP (St. Mary’s Catholic SS – Pickering, ON) – NOT ASSIGNED YET
41. DALLAS BEELER, RHP (Oral Roberts) – at AZL Cubs
49. BRYCE SHAFER, RHP (Valparaiso) - at AZL Cubs


2010 NON-DRAFTED FREE-AGENTS (NDFA) SIGNED (ALL WERE COLLEGE SENIORS):
DOUG CHERRY, 2B (U. of Washington) - at AZL Cubs (Inactive)
ANTHONY GIANSANTI, OF (Siena) - at PEORIA
MAX KWAN, C (U. of Washington) - NOT ASSIGNED YET
JAKE McALOOSE, IF-OF (Old Dominion) - at AZL Cubs


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2010 DRAFT PICKS NOT SIGNED - THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY:
6. IVAN DeJESUS, CF (Cupeyville School – San Juan, PR) – will attend UAB
17. STEVEN BROOKS, CF (Wake Forest)
18. BROOKS PINCKARD, RHP/OF (Baylor)
21. CODY COX, RHP (Grassfield HS – Chesapeake, VA) – will attend Old Dominion
26. DANNY MUNO, SS (Fresno State)
27. BRYAN HARPER, LHP (College of Southern Nevada) – will transfer to U. of South Carolina
30. KARSTEN STRIEBY, 1B (Arizona Western JC)
31. BENITO SANTIAGO, Jr, 1B (Lon Morris JC)
33. MATT STITES, RHP (Jefferson CC) – will transfer to U. of Missouri
35. CHRIS ANDERSON, RHP (Centennial HS – Blaine, MN) – will attend Jacksonville U.
36. TYLER BREMER, RHP (Yavapai JC) – will transfer to Baylor
38. JEREMY FITZGERALD, RHP (Patrick Henry CC)
39. CASEY LUCCHESE, RHP (College of Charleston)
42. TREY NIELSEN, RHP (Skyline HS – Salt Lake City, UT) – will attend U. of Utah
43. DANNY WINKLER, RHP (Parkland JC) – will transfer to Central Florida
44. JAKE ROGERS, 1B (St. Petersburg CC)
45. DEVON AUSTIN, C (Couer D’Alene HS – Couer D’Alene, ID) – will attend New Mexico State
46. JERAD EICKHOFF, RHP (Olney Central CC)
47. CLAYTON CRUM, RHP (Klein HS – Harris County, TX) – will attend U. of Texas
48. ERIC PAULSON, 3B (Fremd HS – Palatine, IL) – will attend Bradley U.
50. ERIC JAGIELO, SS (Downers Grove North HS – Downers Grove, IL) – will attend Notre Dame

Comments

Welcome back Az. Phil.

We get 3 pitching prospects for DLee.

via CM

3 prospects to #cubs are robinson lopez, tyrelle harris and jeffrey lorrick for d-lee

...not a bad little haul

Lopez 19, A level is a question mark.
Harris 23, AA and Lorrick 22, A+ both look like legitimate prospects.

Not bad at all.

I wish him well, he was a nice player for us for a long time. Now we need to figure out a long term 1b.

Agree 1000%

CarrieMuskat: 3 prospects to #cubs are robinson lopez, tyrelle harris and jeffrey lorrick for d-lee

vial paul "champagne corks and spellcheck" sullivan:

Cubs smallest home crowd of the year: 33,267. Starting to look a lot like end of 2006, when school and Bears led to atendance plunging.

I'm sure they sold that many tickets. All those season ticket holders. But it looked like there were about 10,000 unoccupied seats today.

And the people who were there sure left early. Like maybe they got the tickets from a friend for free.

At any rate, a beautiful mid-August day and the bleachers were empty. Apparently it's no longer the place to see and be seen.

Per rotoworld...

Hoffpauir called up

And regarding the prospects...

Harris turns 24 this winter and isn't widely regarded as a quality pitching prospect, but he's thrown up a 1.46 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings this season since being promoted to the Double-A level. With some work, he could turn himself into a solid late reliever.

Glad your back, AZ Phil.

You add a whole lot of class to this place.

AZ Phil-

I keep noticing in the Peoria Chiefs box scores that Nick Struck keeps not starting, but still doing all of the pitching heavy loading. Can you explain what they are doing? Also, it seems like Marcus Hatley keeps starting games, pitching two innings, then being pulled in favor of someone like Struck who ends up pitching 5-6 innings after him. Can you explain that as well?

Thanks

Submitted by W Flag on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 10:29pm.
AZ Phil-

I keep noticing in the Peoria Chiefs box scores that Nick Struck keeps not starting, but still doing all of the pitching heavy loading. Can you explain what they are doing? Also, it seems like Marcus Hatley keeps starting games, pitching two innings, then being pulled in favor of someone like Struck who ends up pitching 5-6 innings after him. Can you explain that as well?

Thanks

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W FLAG: Marcus Hatley had Tommy John surgery about a year ago and he is still in rehab mode, although he is not on a "rehab assignment" per se. He starts the game so that he can take as much time as he needs to get warmed-up, and then Struck "piggy-backs" behind Hatley (which is Struck's day to pitch), essentially throwing starter's innings, but just not as the starting pitcher.

The Cubs (and other organizations) piggy-back pitchers at the lower levels (DSL, R, SS-A, and Lo-A) where pitch counts are sometimes too low to go with the conventional five starters and seven relievers you see at A+, AA, AAA, and MLB.

Ah. That makes perfect sense. I knew about the piggy backing thing but I had no idea about Hatley's TJ surgery so now the whole situation makes sense. I assume that means that Struck's arm is much more live and easy to get warmed than Hatley's which would make a move out of the 'pen for Struck more sensible. Thanks for the heads up

Sczeru... ah hell, that guy. Az Phil, do the Cubs have some sort of insurance and/or out clause if he hurts himself badly (broken bones, significant ligament damage) while playing NCAA FB?

And although I think I know the answer, most importantly is there any way to recoup the pick used on him in the same scenario??

Sczeru... ah hell, that guy. Az Phil, do the Cubs have some sort of insurance and/or out clause if he hurts himself badly (broken bones, significant ligament damage) while playing NCAA FB?

And although I think I know the answer, most importantly is there any way to recoup the pick used on him in the same scenario??

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Tony S: Yes. The Cubs gave Matt Szczur $100K to play minor league baseball for a month and they also gave him permission to play football for Villanova this fall. But if he wants the balance of the $600K signing bonus (which is equivalent to "2nd round money"), Szczur has to choose baseball over football prior to the NFL Combine next February, and put in it writing, and then he also has to pass a physical.

If Szczur decides he wants to go to the NFL Combine and is unwilling to choose baseball over football at that time, he keeps the $100K, but does not get the balance of the signing bonus ($500K), while the Cubs keep him under club control for at least seven minor league seasons in case things don't work out for him in the NFL and he decides he wants to play baseball after-all.

So the Cubs are gambling $100K that Szczur will ultimately choose baseball over football, and if he does so prior to the NFL Combine, it will cost the Cubs another $500K, which can be spread over several years because Szczur is a two-sport athlete.

All good words, thanks so much as always!

AZ Phil, I was wondering what was going on with "Sir" Reginald Golden. I saw a few box scores where he was played as the DH, but I haven't seen a blip about him in about 2 weekds. Did he get hurt? I was also wondering if you thought that Hayden Simpson has a chance to go to the AFL this year, since he was unable to participate at all this season. A bevy of late-signing 1st rounders last year made their debuts in the AFL, including Mike Minor, Mike Leake, Dustin Ackley, etc., which made me think it was a possibility for Simpson. Obviously his health is the biggest concern, but I would like to hear your take on it.

Submitted by Hrubes20 on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 9:06am.
AZ Phil, I was wondering what was going on with "Sir" Reginald Golden. I saw a few box scores where he was played as the DH, but I haven't seen a blip about him in about 2 weekds. Did he get hurt? I was also wondering if you thought that Hayden Simpson has a chance to go to the AFL this year, since he was unable to participate at all this season. A bevy of late-signing 1st rounders last year made their debuts in the AFL, including Mike Minor, Mike Leake, Dustin Ackley, etc., which made me think it was a possibility for Simpson. Obviously his health is the biggest concern, but I would like to hear your take on it.

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HRUBES: Reggie Golden has been nursing an injury and I think it's his hamstring, but I'm not positive.

If he gets the OK from his doctor, Hayden Simpson will make his on-field pro debut in the AZ Instructional League next month.

Thanks, AZ Phil. I really appreciate the info. You are literally the only way to get information on the Arizona League Cubs.

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  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 9 min 25 sec ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 12 min 59 sec ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 15 min 59 sec ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 36 min 24 sec ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 38 min 41 sec ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 41 min 11 sec ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 44 min 17 sec ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 46 min 2 sec ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 53 min 21 sec ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • I'm with Rob G and Johann here. It's not about Chapman as a pitcher. I just don't want to have to block out a real problem (the domestic violence) in order to try to enjoy the frivolous ball and stick game.

    Charlie 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • ROB G & BOB R: You're right. The QO can only be extended if the player spends the entire previous season with one club, so only the Yankees could have offered one to Chapman (if he wasn't traded). If an Article XX-B FA is traded during the season, the new club can't offer a QO. .

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • i was going off what AZPhil said above...they keep talking about tweaking the rules, i didn't know if that had been changed or not. my winter/spring was way too hectic aside from a couple weeks vacation in janurary and i missed a lot of stuff.

    if not, this is one hell of an expensive trade for what looks to be 30-40 innings of play...including the playoffs. damn.

    crunch 1 hour 21 min ago view
  • Did the QO rules change?

    unless there's a TARDIS involved, I dont believe that's a possibility

    Rob G. 1 hour 25 min ago view
  • I didn't think you could offer a QO to a player who was traded during the season? For example, Lester was not offered a QO when the Cubs signed him.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • I think the assumption is that make him a Qualify Offer and he signs elsewhere next year.

    billybucks 1 hour 30 min ago view