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...
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.
Fun with FIP
- J. Hammel 3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
- J. Arrieta 2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
- J. Lester 2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k
he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.
JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.
My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.
Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...
joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1
not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.
really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.
Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.
Classic Scully - great stuff.
Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)
Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:
"And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."
When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.
If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.