ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN DECEMBER 2014 RULE 5 DRAFT Gilberto Abreu, RHP Gioskar Amaya, INF John Andreoli, OF Delbis Arcila, OF Jose Arias, RHP Jeffrey Baez, OF Frank Batista, RHP Zach Cates, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP Pin-Chieh Chen, OF Gerardo Concepcion, LHP Willson Contreras, C Wes Darvill, INF Taylor Davis, C Alberto Diaz, LHP C. J. Edwards, RHP Kevin Encarnacion, OF P. J. Francescon, RHP Victor Garcia, LHP Dustin Geiger, INF Anthony Giansanti, OF Jae-Hoon Ha, OF Marco Hernandez, INF Michael Jensen, RHP Eric Jokisch, LHP Austin Kirk, LHP Matt Loosen, RHP Rafael Lopez, C Jeff Lorick, LHP Barret Loux, RHP Dillon Maples, RHP Andrew McKirahan, LHP Trey McNutt, RHP Alberto Mineo, C Yoanner Negrin, RHP Carlos Penalver, INF Felix Pena, RHP Ivan Pineyro, RHP Austin Reed, RHP Tayler Scott, RHP Rock Shoulders, 1B Rubi Silva, OF Brian Smith, LHP Elliot Soto, INF Antonio Valerio, C Yao-Lin Wang, RHP Ben Wells, RHP Tony Zych, RHP
2014 Draft Signings
Cubs have $8,352,200 in draft pool money (and if they don't mind paying a a 75% tax on $417,600, they can go up to $8,769,810).
Players in bold have allegedly signed. Anyone after the 10th round signed for over $100K counts against their draft money as well.
If the player has yet to sign or there's no media report on the bonus, the third column is the recommened slot money.
Currently the Cubs have paid $8,754,000 out and have $15,810 of their draft pool money left before having to worry about losing draft picks.
Well,it's been awhile since I did one of these. Just...something to do to pass the time waiting for the next Cubs World Series. If you want to do it, print it out. (There's alot of bad language in here, btw.)
Law's Midseason Top 5 Farm Systems (ESPN Insider)
1. Chicago Cubs
I know Cubs fans have heard this before, but just wait 'til next year, because this club is going to get good in a hurry, at least on the run-scoring side of the ledger. The system already had the minors' best collection of high-end bats, and it added several more during the past seven weeks, including the fourth-best prospect in the minors in shortstop Addison Russell, who came over with promising left fielder Billy McKinney in the Jeff Samardzija trade with the Athletics.
Yes. And the Cubs are the ideal team to do this with as there will be a wave of young players coming up - so it's not like he is going to frustrate a bunch of veterans as he adjusts, or blow a pennant race with inexperience. Granted by the time he arrives the cubs should be more competitive, still they will be youth oriented. And the kid seems like a baseball rat, so I think he'll work hard if that's his course.
Yes, it's certainly possible that Jackson was going to be a good player and the coaches messed with him and he tanked. But it's also possible that he was going to tank anyway because he strikes out a ton (20-25% of his at-bats in the low minors, and about 33% of his at-bats in AAA--even in 2011 that you seem so fixated on) and pitchers adjust to that and exploit it.
Somewhat related article from Fangraphs about how Castro (and Rizzo) are pulling the ball more this season. Curious to how much this is due to change in coaching and the approach the players are being instructed to take.
In terms of Sveum being "historically influential and terrible" if I'm right that his fingerprints are all over the downturns of Castro, Barney and Jackson--it may just be hard to fight off the influence of your hitting coach if he's also your manager. Sveum was in the group that worked with Barney in Arizona after the 2012 season.
Sveum said last year that Barney could be a .300 hitter but he has to prove it. Sveum, hitting coach James Rowson and assistant hitting coach Rob Deer worked with Barney in November in Arizona to boost his slugging percentage.