2009 Cubs Draft Tracker Ticker Picker - Day 3

ROUND 31 (950): Andrew Clark, 1B (Louisville) 

L/L, 6'3, 220, 21 years old

COMMENT: College junior... Transferred to Louisville after spending freshman year at Ole Miss... Hit 350/479/555 with 9 HR & 55 RBI, with 21 doubles and two triples, and 55/27 BB/K in 317 PA for Cardinals in 2009... 2nd Team All-Big East... Was named Gatorade "Indiana High School Player of the Year" and was an AFLAC All-American his senior year in HS...


ROUND 32 (980): Trey McNutt, RHP (Shelton State CC)  

R/R, 6'4, 205, 19 years old

COMMENT: JC freshman... Helped lead Shelton State to 2009 JUCO World Series... Went 7-2 with 3.38 ERA, with 42 hits allowed in 61 IP, and 31/75 BB/K for the Bucs in 2009...   


ROUND 33 (1010): John Lambert, LHP (NC State)  

L/L, 6'7, 220 21 years old

COMMENT: College junior... Struggled in 2009, going 1-5 with a 7.05 ERA in 20 games (8 GS), allowing 47 hits in 47.1 IP (254 OBA but only one HR), with 36/52 BB/K, 10 WP, and 7 HBP... Started college career at Wright State, then spent sophomore year at Santa Fe CC, before transferring to NC State for junior year... Was named a PUMA High School All-American and 1st team All-State his senior year at Chesterton HS - Chesterton, IN... Was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2006 draft and by the Washington Nationals in 2008 draft, but did not sign...  


ROUND 34 (1040): Rett Varner, RHP/OF (UT - Arlington) 

R/R, 6'4, 190, 21 years old

COMMENT: College junior... Went 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 games (10 GS) for the Mavericks in 2009, with 65 hits allowed in 57 IP (.286 OBA), and 24/44 BB/K... Transferred to UTA after spending freshman year at BYU... 


ROUND 35 (1070): Kevin David, C (Oklahoma State)  

R/R, 6'1, 190, 21 years old

COMMENT: Draft-eligible sophomore... Hit 311/390/529 for Cowboys in 2009, with 6 HR & 47 RBI, a team-leading 23 doubles, two triples, and 23/44 BB/K... Threw out only 13% opposing base-stealers in 2009... Missed 2008 season due to arm injury, which gave Luis Flores (Cubs 2008 7th round draft pick) the opportunity to be the #1 catcher at OSU... Older brother Brad was a teammate of Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot on LSU National Championship team in 2000...   


ROUND 36 (1100): Brandon May, IF-OF (Alabama)  

R/R, 6'1, 205, 21 years old

COMMENT: College junior... Hit 347/424/608 for Crimson Tide in 2009, with 12 HR & 69 RBI, 18 doubles and two triples, and 30/52 B/K in 256 PA... Versatile player, has played 2B-3B-1B-SS-LF-RF in college career... First-team All-SEC in 2008...


ROUND 37 (1130): Peter Mooney, SS (Palm Beach CC)  

L/R, 5'8, 168, 18 years old

COMMENT: JC freshman... FCCAA "Defensive Player of the Year"... This is the type of player clubs used to draft when the "Draft & Follow" rule was still in effect (where clubs would retain the rights to a drafted JC player until one week prior to the next year's Rule 4 Draft)... 


ROUND 38 (1160): Bobby Wagner, 3B (Panola JC)  

L/R, 6'6, 230, 22 years old

COMMENT: Big lefty power-hitter batted 313/418/615 with 13 HR & 52 RBI, 12 doubles, two triples, and 29/30 BB/K, with 9 SB (2 CS), for the Ponies in 2009... Is from British Columbia (Canada)... Attended Douglas JC in BC prior to transferring to Panola...  Was drafted by Angels in 2006 but did not sign...   


ROUND 39 (1190): Nick Struck, RHP (Mt. Hood JC)  

R/R, 5'11, 195, 19 years old

COMMENT: JC freshman... Named NWAACC All-Star in 2009... Was the Oregon 6-A Player of the Year his senior year in HS in 2008... Will transfer to Hawaii if he doesn't sign with Cubs...  


ROUND 40 (1220): Eric Whaley, RHP (Cardinal Gibbons HS - Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 

R/R, 6'3, 175, 18 years old

COMMENT: Signed NLI with LSU...


ROUND 41 (1250): Jake Schmidt, RHP (Concordia U. - St. Paul)  

R/R, 6'3, 200, 22 years old

COMMENT: College senior... Went 7-2 with 3.78 ERA for Golden Bears in 2009, allowing 69 hits in 69 IP (.258 OBA), with 26/103 BB/K... Was NCAA Division II Honorable Mention in 2009...  


ROUND 42 (1280): Trey Ford, SS (Chaparral HS - Scottsdale, AZ)  

R/R, 6'2, 200, 18 years old

COMMENT:  A 4-A Desert Sky Region "Player of the Year"... Will attend Chandler-Gilbert CC if he doesn't sign with Cubs... Would be a perfect "Draft & Follow" candidate, if D&F still existed...


ROUND 43 (1310): Colin Kaepernick, RHP (Nevada)  

R/R, 6'6, 180, 21 years old

COMMENT:College junior... Hasn't played baseball since high school... Is star QB on Wolf Pack football team... Threw for 2,849 yards in 2008... Was named WAC Freshman of the Year in 2007...  


ROUND 44 (1340): Frank DeJiulio, RHP (Daytona State JC)

R/R, 6'3, 185, 19 years old  

COMMENT: JC freshman... Went 6-4 with 5.27 ERA for Daytona State in 2009... Father says they want "3rd or 4th round money"...  


ROUND 45 (1370): Addison Dunn, RHP (Warren Area HS - Warren, PA)  

R/R, 6'0, 18 years old

COMMENT: Has signed NLI with Kent State...


ROUND 46 (1400): Glenn Cook, OF (U. of Miami)

L/L, 6'1, 220, 24 years old

COMMENT: College senior is oldest player selected by Cubs in 2009 Rule 4 Draft... Was a starting LB on the Cane football team for several seasons after being rated the No. 26 LB prospect in the nation by Super Prep coming out of HS in 2002... A P/OF at Chaminade-Madonna Prep, he did not play baseball at "The U"...    


ROUND 47 (1430): Joey Jocketty, 3B (Ladue Horton Watkins HS -  St. Louis, MO)

R/R, 5'10, 165, 18 years old

COMMENT: Son of Reds GM Walt Jocketty... Was third-team All-Conference at LHWHS... This was obviously a "fun" pick for Hendry/Wilken...


ROUND 48 (1460): John Nasshan, RHP (Niles West HS - Skokie, IL)  

L/R, 6'6, 195, 17 years old

COMMENT: Signed NLI with Bradley University... Went 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 6/46 BB./K in 44 IP in his junior year at NWHS... Also a member of the Nles West golf squad...   


ROUND 49 (1490): Christian Segar, CF (McQuaid Jesuit HS -  Brighton, NY)

R/R, 6'1, 185, 18 years old

COMMENT: Also has signed NLI with Bradley University...


ROUND 50 (1520): Zach Cleveland, RHP (Central Arizona JC) 

R/R, 6'1, 20 years old

COMMENT: JC sophomore... Went 3-2 with a 0.50 ERA for the Vaqueros in 2009, allowing just 27 hits in 36.1 IP, and 15/31 BB/K... Throws 88-92 MPH fastball & a slider... Will transfer to New Mexico if he doesn't sign with Cubs... Was drafted by Phillies out of Golden HS (Golden, CO) in 2007, but did not sign...


The Cubs should probably get a few of these kids to come up now and replace some of the players on the current roster

I swear last time I looked Cubs were about 4.5 behind in the standings. I look today and they're 1 behind in the loss column, 2 and half out officially.

Normally, I'd be pretty snarky by now but I'd rather they suck now than in October. All is obviously not lost. If they could get their groove back and go on a little run it would be nice, however.

BTW, all the draft comments over the last few days have been awesome. Shows me how little knowledge I have about baseball, which is my favorite game even though I played football in high school (I *really* sucked at baseball).

O & B, as of tonight, the Cubs share the rank of worst in baseball in success with RISP.

With Aramis and DeRosa on the team this year, I figure we have 5 more wins in our pocket - easy. The team would be in 1st place!

The RISP thing is unreal. That is a specialty of Aramis of course. I won't get into a discussion about DeRosa because I just didn't understand that, at such a core level, that I assumed people who are paid to manage major league baseball teams know what they are doing, and maybe Hendry just knew something we didn't. Like DeRosa maybe has cancerous tumors in both eyes or something. I'm not a Hendry hater at all, not his biggest fan, either, but he has made some nice moves and has helped this team get into position to win, in spite of his fascination with the Aaron Mileses of this world. I am hoping he pulls another rabbit out of his hat.

speaking of sucking at RISP...for the second year in a row the guy with the lowest ob% is leading off. last season at least he had enough in his bat to keep the slot.

this season being the lowest ob% is kinda scarey given how bad the team is.

guy also leads the team in doubles and homers...homers by twice+...27 rbi for 28 xbase hits.

btw, no i don't care what he did in the #3 or 5 slot 4+ years ago...i see no method to soriano's ABs...so those that believe in that "mental block outside hitting 1st" you already have your solution and it's fine as it is with what sori doing what he's doing in the #1 slot. for the rest of us, it's getting a bit old.

Usually at least Soriano finds his way out of his slumps. This one has lasted how long? 6 weeks? 8?

At some point Lou has to make some serious moves to at least pretend to fix things. We don't have a leadoff man so I guess he's kinda hurt there. But honestly, Fukodome would be better in the leadoff spot than Sori.

Lou's comment about not knowing J Fox was 5/6 in pinch hitting did not inspire much confidence.

Like I've said a few times. I am so ready for a reboot. But Zell is a douche so even that is getting put on hold.

As for Soriano's spot in the order I could never imagine him in the 3 hole. He just isn't a good enough hitter for that. 5 maybe. More like 6 but the poor rich bastard might get upset with that.

3, 4, or 5...don't matter to me...riot/lee/fuku are decent enough table setters, imo.

bradley/soto can't stay cold forever (i hope).

I look at Bradley's numbers and his approach at the plate and the two don't mix well. I guess it's hard to get your mojo up when you are always hurt. I was sure his dive yesterday was gonna send him back to the DL but he seemed fine.

I know for me, the more I work out, the fewer muscle owwies I get. Just a crazy thought, but maybe him playing the outfield on a regular basis will actually pay off. I know it's a stretch but it makes sense from an athletic standpoint.

Lately i've been playing water basketball in the swimming pool and although my imaginary opponent does manage to stuff me still once in awhile, overall, I'm in about as good a shape as I've been in some time because I am using so many muscles out there (I do laps, too, but the water b-ball thing stretches lower back muscles and stuff in a way I don't quite get with laps). My point with that is that DHing does not help a guy stay in shape. If Uncle Milty is gonna come around, he needs to do it in a pattern we may not like, as fans.

He is obviously a good athlete. He just needs to keep at it.

I'm rambling a bit but I really liked how he shrugged off that dive he took yesterday. He's just not used to playing like that. Of course, as soon as I finish writing this I'll see he's been DL'd.

speaking of sucking at RISP.

Soriano in 2009:

0/7 with bases loaded

164/278/403 681 w/ Runners on

133/286/289 575 w/ RISP

267/316/509  w/ None On

exactly what do you think would get solved with the Cubs if he got moved down? Not that I really think he would be any different hitter if he got moved down, but right now and let me put that in caps, RIGHT NOW, he's an absolute disaster when there are runners on and I don't think putting him in more of those situations is going to remedy anything...other than leaving even more runners on base for the Cubs.

for the rest of us, it's getting a bit old

sort of like you harping about where Soriano bats...


"exactly what do you think would get solved with the Cubs if he got moved down? "

more RBIs and a leadoff hitter without a .305 ob%

sorry you don't like the convo. maybe we can get a manager-watch-100-post thread going where we pick lou's every moves apart. that'd be a lot more fun, maybe.

more RBIs and a leadoff hitter without a .305 ob%

what you seem to be failing to grasp through all of this is that more RBI's for Alfonso Soriano doesn't necessarily mean more runs scored for the team. If he continued to hit like he has been this season (which is basically the crux of your argument that no matter where he bats, he hits the same), the team would score even less runs...a significan amount of less runs I would think because there's only one other player on the team stranding more runners on base (percentage-wise) than Soriano and that's Geovany Soto. Would he have higher personal RBI totals? yes...but just by sheer number of having more runners on base when he gets up. Now he may finally hit a little better, since he'd be getting more AB's with runners on and eventually you just tend to hit as well with runners on and as you do without (at least for most major league hitters), but that just hasn't been the case so far and who knows when that "eventual" kicks in.

The way he's hitting right now, he should be batting 7th or 8th...he's just fuckin' abysmal and Lou's wasting 5 PA's a game on him hoping for one HR. I'll think he'll get out of it, and his $18M contract earns him the right to work out his slump.

sorry you don't like the convo. maybe we can get a
manager-watch-100-post thread going where we pick lou's every moves
apart. that'd be a lot more fun, maybe.

well that would probably only get started if you brought it up...

"what you seem to be failing to grasp through all of this is that more RBI's for Alfonso Soriano doesn't necessarily mean more runs scored for the team."

he's a high-K, low walk, low ob% leadoff hitter with the most power on the team.

i'm really confident that he can be put to better use elsewhere in the lineup or i wouldn't try to make the point.

i'm fully aware of what i'm grasping.

When BP and crunch agree... well I think it's pretty safe to say that's a good bet. He doesn't get on base, he doesn't steal bases, yes he has been shitty with runners on, but it just doesn't make sense to have the guy who is least likely on the team to be on base leading the game off.

Rob, are you trying to tell us he really sucks right now?

Point taken. I always thought he was overrated, especially when he got paid enough money to buy the Tribune Tower.

Still, he's a crappy lead off man. Put him as low in the order as he needs to be to stop pissing me off. And if he hops one more time on a catch I'm gonna turn into a Redbird fan.

When you're running your body tends to bounce up and down. If you want to steady your glove one way to do it is to hop in the air. That's caused him to drop, what 1 fly ball in 2.3 years? Get over it. When you look up 'non-issue' at wikipedia, I am sure it has a picture of Soriano hopping to catch a fly ball.

I'm on vacation and was trying to stay away, but the past two days made me sick to me stomach and I had to come on. I watched yesterday's game and watched online today. What a joke. The offense is pathetic. While the great starting pitching is being mostly wasted, at least they are keeping us in the games. But I don't know how long the Cubs can just sit back and hope these guys will turn it around. I am not even sure ARam will be able to help this mess. If this team wants to make the playoffs and be a Championship team, they will need to add a good bat of somekind. These players just don't appear to be the kind of players who will hit when it counts again this year.

I think Jim Edmonds is still available.

BTW, mannytrillo doesn't seem like an Irish name. Sick to me stomach.

maybe he is in the Carribean, and has been hanging afround with old pirates?

he's still shopping himself and keeping in baseball shape, fwiw. (SI)

what do you do, though?

bradley/soto aren't guys you give away. soriano is...well, he's soriano...he'll go 4-for-5 two games in a row and we'll forget about his hitting for another couple weeks.

the pitching is decent enough...hell, the starting is great, imo. the pen is stabilizing, though i wouldn't complain about an automatic arm being added.

be nice to get a solid 3rd base option, but now that we're 3-ish weeks from aram being back it almost seems too late vs. the possible talent tradeoff.

the 2nd baseman situation is trashy, but that seems to be a backburner option as the team is constructed, anyway.

k.hill is obviously the better player this year in front and behind the plate, but do you take that vs. keeping playing the future? if this was the dusty-era we'd be hearing about how k.hill must play and i'd probably be saying "what?" about that. i wouldn't mind seeing k.hill a little more, but he shouldn't have soto's job, imo.

i just dunno what can be done that would be an impact move at this point...and once everyone is healthy (if...) and it's trade deadline time i still can't figure out who the cubs would want to target.

I have no idea. I can't quite figure out how this team, which did so well watching the pitches, has suddenly decided it can't. When they watch a pitch in and it's close, the ump fires up his strike hand.

I don't watch as many games as most of you dudes but am I nuts in thinking that they just aren't getting some of the calls they got last year?

I think it's not just that every team is playing them harder, and they are, but I think the umps are playing them just a tad harder, too.

Which is why I'm not giving up on them. Every team is playing them like it's a playoff game. And the umps, too, are scrutinizing them more closely.

IF they survive this, then that means they will be in good shape for the playoffs.

Boston Globe reporting that the Cubs were in attendance to see Pedro throw recently and are interested in at least talking about signing him.


To save you a click, since it's short, all it says it that Pedro was asking for $5M, he threw 94, and that the Rays were also there to see him throw.

I guess that would give them the luxury of trading an arm down the road for a bat...or 5.

One thing that really strikes me about this team is that they are without a genuine superstar. They have a $140M payroll and not one legit superstar. Sure, they pay a few guys like they're superstars, but there's not one legitimate MVP/Cy Young candidate on the roster.

- Soriano had his big year with the Nationals. Now, he's a possible 30 HR guy who strikes out on sliders in the dirt, can't steal bases, and plays average/below average defense.

- DLee had his big year 4 years ago, and though he's coming around with the bat, he just will never be close to that guy again.

- Zambrano never matured like we all hoped. His stuff is electric, but inconsistent. He's also not quite as good as he was a couple years ago when he could regularly hit 97 on the gun with a ton of movement.

- Aramis is still a really good player, but injury-prone and not a truly great player even when healthy.

Baseball is a team game, but one true superstar can keep a team in the race year after year regardless of the supporting cast (a la Pujols and the Cards). Despite the mammoth payroll, the Cubs don't have that guy, and because of the mammoth payroll likely don't have the resources to acquire him. Fuck.

Which superstar do you think would be available? They don't tend to grow on trees, and they generally are playing for contending teams anyway.

I don't think any are available, and that wasn't my point. I don't expect them to go trade for Pujols. My point was, they managed to put together a $140M team without actually having a single superstar. Just because they pay a guy $18M a year doesn't mean he's a superstar, and that's essentially the Cubs' problem right now. They have a bunch of overpaid underachievers and that leaves them little flexibility at the deadline or in the offseason.

Do you just tend to disagree/argue with everything anyone says? Kinda seems that way.

No, I just point out stupid fucking things that people say. Surprises me that it's that hard to figure out.

The problem is that you think most everything anyone says is fucking stupid, just because their opinion differs from yours.

Doug was simply giving his thoughts and opinion on the Cubs roster and how it lakes a true superstar. It made me reflect too that yeah, we don't really have a face of the franchise, or that one guy who is always going to be there - like we did with Ryno for so long. So I, for one, appreciated his thoughts. And it would be great to just once read something on here without always seeing you follow everything up by telling the poster how stupid they are simply because they don't agree with you.

I didn't offer any opinion. When you say stupid things like that, it's hard for me not to call a moron a moron. You're pretty articulate for someone who is so quick to use words he doesn't understand. It's quite bewildering.

And just to be clear. His point, that big payroll teams have superstars, isn't correct. Nor was his point that a superstar will carry a bad team.

We are talking about sports; most everything is an opinion. There is no definition of "superstar", or "carrying a team", so there cannot possibly be right or wrong in this discussion. This is a very simple point that you fail to grasp.

The sad thing is that most of us go on here to voice our thoughts on the Cubs to each other. Your main goal is try to prove that others are wrong. I am not the only one who has noticed this. Maybe it makes you feel smarter, and you need that, I don't know. Whatever...

BP's prospect guy on the Cubs draft:

Kevin Goldstein: Look, Brett Jackson is not a bad pick. Lots of athleticism, great effort, and he has to curb the strikeouts. You can't get a perfect player at 31. I have very little understanding or love for the LeMahieu pick in the second . . . AT ALL, and most of the pitchers they took later are more pitchability types than arm-strength types. It's not a thrilling list.

Which superstar do you think would be available?
can JC hit?

Glenn Cook?


Sort of have to love it.

Clark (31) and Lambert (33) were among BA's "best remaining" players for Day 3 of the draft.

Kaepernick is an interesting fella to track. He's not really a high level QB prospect for the NFL draft, at least, as of now.

Cant wait for Phil to see the new fellows showing up at Fitch.

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  • Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?

    Hagsag 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.

    Still impressive.

    John Beasley 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.

    He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.

    billybucks 8 hours 3 min ago view
  • Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.

    Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.

    billybucks 8 hours 7 min ago view
  • 101 wins...most since 1910 (104).

    neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.

    crunch 8 hours 23 min ago view
  • Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?

    billybucks 8 hours 26 min ago view
  • Sean Rodriguez's helmet looks like it's taking a dump

    jacos 8 hours 30 min ago view
  • Grimm not doing himself any favors lately re: making the playoff squad. Seems to have lost the feel for his curveball.

    billybucks 8 hours 34 min ago view
  • j.grimm is literally worse than hitler.

    felix pena, your turn.

    crunch 8 hours 36 min ago view
  • it's been a while since joe's over-managed a game...it's gotta feel good for him to be back in the saddle making people's scorecards look like their pens blew up.

    crunch 9 hours 22 min ago view
  • Fuck a bench spot on the playoff roster, Coghlan is competing to bat cleanup.

    John Beasley 11 hours 38 min ago view
  • barely any...especially for an evening game. place looks 1/2 full at best to start the game.

    crunch 12 hours 40 sec ago view
  • Listening on the radio. Are there any fans in the stands at all?

    Brick 12 hours 9 min ago view
  • "An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage."

    crunch 13 hours 10 min ago view
  • rare air though if he can keep it under 2. Sounds like Maddon already made up his mind though and Hendricks seems like the sort that would want to earn it. Guessing he gets a quick hook if he's still under 2 after 5 innings.

    Fwiw, he can give up 1 ER in 5 innings (or more) and still be under 2. If he gives up 2 ER, he would need throw 9 IP to keep it under 2. 1 ER in 4 IP would give him an ERA of exactly 2.

    In terms of WAR, it's still Scherzer by a lot (6.4), then Cueto (5.6), Lester (5.5), Kershaw (5.5), Roark (5.4), and then Hendricks (5.1)

    Rob G. 14 hours 24 min ago view
  • Boring lineup tonight in terms of guys trying to reach milestones -- no KB (40 HR), Addy (100 RBI) or JHey (can he keep it going?), and Lackey isn't really going for anything, plus the team has already reached 100 wins. I get the "rest" thing, although they will have 4 days off after Sunday, but....bleh.

    billybucks 15 hours 8 min ago view