2012 Cubs Draft Ticker Tracker - Day Two

2nd ROUND (67):
Duane Underwood, RHP
R/R, 6'3 210, 17 years old
Pope HS - Marietta, GA
COMMENT: Outstanding all-around athlete... Two way player (RHP/OF) in HS... fast runner with plus-power at the plate... throws 91-94 MPH fastball that can touch 96-98, but has had command issues... change-up has been his best and most-reliable pitch... mediocre curve ball needs a lot of work... signed NLI with U. of Georgia...


3rd ROUND (101):
Ryan McNeil, RHP
R/R, 6'3 215, 18 years old
Nipomo HS - Nipomo, CA
COMMENT: Two sport-star in HS... missed beginning of baseball season because he was on the Titans basketball team... raw talent who needs to refine his mechanics... throws 90-91 MPH two-seam fastball and has touched 93, but body & frame could mean increased velocity with physical maturity... inconsistent slider but very good when he throws it from correct arm slot... change-up is work-in-progress... -signed NLI with Long Beach State...


4th ROUND (134):
Josh Conway, RHP
R/R, 6'1 175, 21 years old
Coastal Carolina
COMMENT: College Junior... had season-ending Tommy John Surgery last month... was Coastal Carolina's Friday Night Starter (#1 starter) prior to the TJS... features a mid 90's fastball & wipeout slider... change-up needs work... could develop into a closer eventually... was selected by Atlanta Braves in 2009 draft but did not sign...


5th ROUND (164):
Anthony Prieto, LHP
L/L, 5'11 180, 18 years old
Americas HS - El Paso, TX
COMMENT: Diminutive lefty has only been playing baseball for two years... fastball was clocked in mid-90's earlier this season, but then he was shut-down with a forearm strain... will attend JUCO baseball power-house Howard JC if he does not sign with Cubs...


6th ROUND (194):
Trey Lang, RHP
R/R, 6'3 235, 20 years old
Gateway CC
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... two-way player (OF/RHP)... attended Skyline HS in Mesa, AZ... slugging outfielder in HS... set numerous batting records at Skyline... transferred to Gateway CC in Phoenix after spending freshman year at Northern Illinois... still a big dude, but he has lost 25 pounds since returning home to Arizona from NIU... Two-pitch pitcher (mid-90's fastball and nasty slider)... college closer who also projects as a bullpen arm in pro ball... Will transfer to U. of New Mexico if he does not sign with Cubs...


7th ROUND (224):
Stephen Bruno, 2B
R/R, 5'9 185, 21 years old
U. of Virginia
COMMENT: College junior... 5'9 might-mite packs a wallop... was Cavs clean-up hitter in 2012 while hitting 362/418/549... mashes fastballs... versatile defender... can also play 3B and SS in addition to 2B...


8th ROUND (254):
Michael Heesch, LHP
R/L, 6'5 225, 22 years old
U. of South Carolina - Beaufort
COMMENT: College senior... Crystal Lake, IL native attended Prairie Ridge HS... transferred to USC - Beaufort after spending two years at University of Illinois - Chicago... was ace of UIC staff before transferring to USCB... the epitome of a rotation "workhorse," he led NAIA in Innings Pitched and was 5th in walks and 7th in strikeouts this past season... went 9-3 with a 2.21 ERA for Sand Sharks in 2012, with 96/118 BB/K in 122.1 IP...


9th ROUND (284):
Chadd Krist, C
R/R, 5'11 200, 22 years old
U. of California
COMMENT: College senior... 2011 first-team All-PAC 10, but had subpar 2012 season... did hit 294/325/434 for Golden Bears in 2012 and led team in doubles... solid receiving skills but threw out only 15% of opposing base-stealers in 2012...


10th ROUND (314):
Chad Martin, RHP
R/R, 6'7 240, 22 years old
Indiana U.
COMMENT: College senior... Split time betwen starting rotation and bullpen for Hoosiers in 2012... Went 2-3 with a 4.79 ERA, 80 hits allowed in 67.2 IP, with a 27/47 BB/K...


11th ROUND (344):
Rashad Crawford, OF
B/R, 6'3 185, 18 years old
Mundy's Mill HS - Clayton County, GA
COMMENT: Two-sport star (baseball & basketball)... 2012 Georgia 4-AAAA Player of the Year in baseball... switch-hitter & lead-off man for the Tiger baseball squad... played 3B and CF... hit .522 with 22 SB in 2012... signed NLI with Savannah State....


12th ROUND (374):
Justin Amlung, RHP
R/R, 6'1 180, 22 years old
U. of Louisville
COMMENT: College senior... ace of Cardinals starting staff in 2012, went 9-4 with a 2.31 ERA, with 83 hits allowed and a 26/125 BB/K in 109 IP... 2011 All-Big East... Cape Cod League All-Star Summer 2011... Selected by Cincinnati Reds in 2011 Draft but did not sign...


13th ROUND (404):
Bijan Rademacher, OF
L/L, 6'0 180, 20 years old
Orange Coast CC
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Two way player (LHP/OF)... hit 349/426/582 for the Pirates in 2012... also part-time closer... spent freshman year at Cal State - Fullerton... will transfer to Oral Roberts University if he does not sign with Cubs...


14th ROUND (434):
Corbin Hoffner, RHP
R/R, 6'5 235, 18 years old
St. Petersburg JC
COMMENT: JC Freshman... went 5-5 with a 2.52 ERA for the Titans in 2012, with 60 hits allowed in 71.1 IP, and 16/73 BB/K...


15th ROUND (464):
Carlos Escobar, C
R/R, 6'2 185, 21 years old
U. of Nevada
COMMENT: College Junior... solid receiving skills... hit 283/368/462 for Wolf Pack in 2012, and defensively had a 32% CS ... hit .345/.433/.533 with 7 HR & 16 doubles in Northwoods League (summer collegiate wood bat league) in 2011... was selected by Houston Astros in 2009 draft but did not sign... played in WAC Tournament at HoHoKam Park a couple of weeks ago...


j.papelbum calls out an ump...another week...another player/manager/coach vs ump thing.

this season has been really heavy on people on the field stepping up to umps and taking fines for it.

man...i hate the castro mental error, too, but people (media) want his blood today.

the "trending" thing now is people (media) upset he's not benched today. meh.

castro's issue doesn't seem to be a flippant "i'm bigger than the game" thing...it doesn't seem to be the result of staying up til 6am partying (that we know of) or some other distraction...

it sucks it happened, but i'm pretty sure castro knows how badly he screwed up.

Not the first time he's had issues focusing. He seems lackadaisical.

Well, teaching college with students his age, I can say that people do have widely varying degrees of focusing.

Also with skills in a job requiring endless repeatitive tasks, I can understand some of this.

I don't like it, as its Rony Cedeno-ish, but understand it.

Sometimes learning new tasks help people concentrate more. Or shifting to a new job - ala 2B which I hope he gets moved to to make room for Baez eventually.

AZ PHIL has stated more than once that Barney is a better SS. But that will never happen.

I'd like to see them go ahead and make the switch now. Might as well let him go through the growing pains in a completely lost season.

Focusing is a skill you have to practice, too. It's not going to change overnight, but you can increase your ability to focus with deliberate practice.

Flea (RHCP) is taking BP @CIN along with C.Smith (RHCP)


also, Flea makes good contact for a 90 year old with a body that looks like toothpicks glued together.

I've noticed smith wears a lot of MLB hats and is certainly in better shape than Flea. Did he hit better?

more power for chad, but more swings/misses.

flea was making contact on almost everything. it wasn't going as far, but he wasn't pounding them in the ground, sending them wide-foul, or missing them.

I'm just happy Cubs have their own ALBERT...


"My main priority now is college,” Almora said on a conference call. “I just graduated high school and I have a full scholarship to the University of Miami, and that’s all I’m looking forward to right now."

total speculation here...


it seems theocorp had a plan going into the draft and stuck to it based on a few names that flew by the board without getting drafted. any indication of almora going some other direction would be a kinda amateur-mistake for theo and crew. i suspect posturing by player/agent.

What high school kid from Florida would want to play baseball in freezing April and May in Chicago? Trade him to Minnesota!

Nothing more than negotiating tactics.

saw a replay of last night's castro-error and it's backlash.

ninja came into the dugout and put his arm around castro after the screwup that ruined ninja's lead. that's pro.

this kid has come so far from the guy who brought his "crew" with him to sing the 7th and live it up Entourage-style right after signing.

i feared he might like the party life a bit too much, but he's put up quiet/solid work even when it didn't translate to numbers over the years. he's earned the good turn his career has taken, imo.

Ninja, arm around Castro: "Kid, you do that again, I'm gonna wrap this so tight around your neck you're gonna look like Beetlejuice after his head shrunk"

more of those and that'll be coming.

being young can only get you so far once you have 2-3 years of everyday MLB experience.

Well, I pretty much agree what you said earlier. I don't get the impression Castro is a slacker, and Brenly talks about how hard he's worked on his defense. It's probably ADD or something. The kid seems to lose focus, but it's almost like he's got some condition. Could be youth I guess. I barely knew which door in the apartment building was mine at that age. I think that this, too, shall pass. Media made a big deal out of it because Sveum did. Sveum needs to focus on getting a better lineup out there, himself. A little more campy, a little more LaHair. A little less Reed Johnson and Baker and Mather. I don't want to watch a team of journeymen, even if they are "proven" veterans. Luckily, I have a feeling Theocorp is gonna blow up this team some more after they're done with the draft.

Swaim should be calling out Soriano for not being able to track simple line drives/fly balls after 4-5 years of practice. Same bullshit Q-ball pulled last year.

At first I thought the whole Cubs considering trading Castro was pretty far fetched, but now that Sveum is working to drive down his value, I am reconsidering. Just an 0-4 with an error away from getting an AA utility infielder, YES! Please note this was written in sarcasm font.

the quest for win #19 continues...5th time's the charm.

go scrubbies.

Campy CF, Castro SS, DeJesus RF, Soriano LF, LaHair 1B, Clevenger C, Barney 2B, Stewart 3B, Dempster P

aram sits tonight with a sore quad (d2d).

Bob Brenly open mike shout: "Sit down ya little cheesehead!"


a 3 run one...neat.

it's the Nisson Drive of the Game...cuz it's the 1st inning...with 4 outs recorded in the game.

lahero homers...solo.

Uecker is on with Bob and Len. What a stitch!

Such a classic.

you can hear the bitterness in his voice when asked about santo in the hall when he commented on how santo didn't get to enjoy it. i haven't heard him that pissed...ever. it wasn't loud, but it had anger in it.

No doubt.

Ronnie had a lot of fans and friends.

Carrie [email protected]
Geo Soto making progress and could go on rehab assignment this weekend.

dempster perfect through 5


lead off single 6th


Dempster's coming after you Jacos...

You're fucking dead, JACOS.

You might consider witness protection program.

when i hack the mainframe of the internet i'll get his address from the database and email the docs to the "anonymous" and they'll hack his gibson into oblivion.

jacos, you done goofed up.

also...neil breen is making a new movie and it's going to be awesome.


Pretty bitchin' version there -- on Sesame Street, no less!

Jacos = Bartman?

No, I'm Alex Gonzalez.

AZP or anyone: Is Ben Wells hurt?

Where's Szczur been also?

Peoria Journal Star: "Peoria starter Ben Wells pitched the first two innings [Monday], before leaving with an undisclosed injury."

dempster still not perfect through 7, but still has shut out.

Dempster in danger of winning a game.

His last as a Cub?

Here's a good article on budgeting/drafting college seniors with the new CBA:

Looks like a great athlete....he did get regional player of the year (from local newspaper), hit over .500 with 22 sb, 4 HR. 6'3 205, so perhaps power is projectable.

But he definitely is a great athlete...here is he trying to replicate Jordan's slam dunk contest winner with a slam from the free throw line.


Looks safer than the backflip the White Sox draft pick did.

shawn camp is pitching in this situation? really?

needs the work

He pitches in every situation. I think Sveum is trying to end his career.

i know the guy is a workhorse and all, but i know there's some guys in the pen that could use some work in a blowout situation not named shawn camp.

gotta assume b.parker is getting the 9th...or j.asencio, though i dunno much about him except he just showed up.

Dolis gives up a two out 9th inning 3 run HR to Brad Snyder to blow save (and game) for the I-Cubs at OKC 3-4.

1B-1B-K-K-1 and 2 count before the HR.

We won't see him for awhile.

a no-effort cubs victory...10-0 blowout...awesome.

...and dumpster's 1st win in 3 or 4 seasons.

Jeff F'ning Baker

8th Round: Michael Heesch, LHP

Cool... my brother was his pitching coach in HS, and I believe continued to work with him while in college.

Where is he from? What is the inside scoop on his repertoire?

Played at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake (far NW suburbs of Chicago). I honestly don't know much about his stuff, but will see what I can find out.

South Carolina-Beaufort head coach Bryan Lewallyn, whose father, Dennis, is the Cubs' Minor League pitching coordinator, said in a statement that Heesch's success stems from his work ethic.


Oh yes. That's right. Thanks. I believe he transferred from UIC to a small school in S. Carolina.

AA: F. Batista, K. Rhoderick, J. Bour and J. Adduci
Hi-A: Szczur, N. Perez, Alcantara, Rohan, A. Kirk
Lo-A: DeVoss, Hoilman, R. Lopez, K. Burke

fun facts: Burke made the Midwest All-Star team in 2009 as a hitter and now does it as a pitcher. Adduci was a Southern League All-Star in 2009.

Adduci on the fast track to being a minor league coach, I guess.

Also guessing we'll get to see Rizzo in the AAA homerun derby unless he's not fully recovered or gets called up before then.

a little surprised that Michael Jensen or PJ Francescon didn't make the Midwest League All-Star teams.

Burke 1-2, 2.37 ERA, 39 K, 20 BB, 60.1 IP (8th in ERA)
Jensen 5-2, 2.51 ERA, 46/20, 61 IP (10th in ERA)
Franceson, 5-1, 1.86 ERA, 42/14, 53.1 IP (2nd in ERA)

I think that Francescon is now at Daytona. Does that make a difference?

it does, thanks.

Doesn't surprise me. Of course, I'm sort of known for being next to impossible to surprise. Some people would be surprised if I got surprised, even. Not me, though. It wouldn't surprise me in the least.


Sounds like a Groucho Marx comedy routine.

it was all based on what he said to media + various media heads in CHI saying he's good as gone. kaplan put it "100%" and even len kasper was saying he'd be very surprised to see dumpster end his season with the cubs.

To reiterate, my only issue was that is sounded like you had inside info (he's at peace with it, etc.), when all that was reported (or, I guess I should say, all that I saw) was that they'd talked about the possibility. These comments of today are more in-depth, IMHO.

yeah, it's cool...i followed with links.

i've been getting lazy about linking/sources, especially non-breaking news.

i dunno if anyone remembers, but pre-season i was talking about how dumpster and his ties to CHI might keep hiim here (kid issues + new house), especially as far as a pre-season trade goes. him actually noting anywhere in public he might be up for leaving was enough of a sea-change for me, especially with others who cover the cubs saying he's probably good as gone.

also, fwiw, almost all my "sources" for anything involve low-level scouts, area scouts, and some stragglers in "the business" i've met over the years. i do trust the aggregate eyes, ears, and opinions of some of them and they do shape some of my views. i don't have anything/anyone inside anyone's MLB clubhouse nor know a major beat writer.

Relax, we all know Crunch doesn't know anybody important.

this guy gets it.

why do I have a strange feeling...




Precursor to a three-way deal that lands the Cubs Adam Dunn and Brian Roberts?

That elusive 2008 pennant is right within our grasp!!!!

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  • RIP Arnie. We could use a lot more like you -- a man who succeeded and failed on his own terms, a true original, and, finally, a remarkable example of graciousness towards others.

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    Oh, and Jon Lester? Damn!

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  • Yes. Boating accident at 3AM. Very sad, but stupid. Young men do stupid things.

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    edwards in.

    crunch 2 hours 39 min ago view
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  • as a fan, he only "owes" us the game on the field and not getting in the way of others on his team being ready to play (imo).

    it's exponentially worse to his family and friends, but this dude most likely had 15+ years of play left and even though he just turned 24 a couple months ago he had already established himself as a top guy in the game.

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  • I know what you're trying to say, Charlie, that none of us feels what his loved ones must be feeling.

    On the other hand, what makes a death like this tragic is precisely the loss, based on Fernandez's youth and brilliance, to the baseball world.

    So, for example, we can say that Princess Diana's death meant more, in aggregate, to millions of admirers who didn't know her personally than to her loved ones.

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    The previous record was held by former New York Mets right-hander Tom Seaver, who struck out 10 straight hitters in 1970.

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  • What a loss to baseball, which I'm sure pales in comparison to the personal loss to his loved ones.

    Charlie 9 hours 15 min ago view
  • Somehow I am sensing alcohol was involved. The highest number of boating accidents by a wide margin...

    The E-Man 9 hours 59 min ago view
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  • Reports this morning that Marlins' pitching ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident - just horrible news.

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