Cubs Protect 5 from Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs added pitchers John Gaub, Blake Parker and Rafael Dolis along with catcher Welington Castillo and OF James Adduci to their 40-man roster. All five were eligible to be selected in the upcoming Rule 5 draft and the deadline was today to add them. Arizona Phil has been keeping track of this on the right sidebar of course. He had Matt Camp on his short list of players he thought the Cubs would protect - rather than Adduci - but he got the other four.

Besides Camp, I would guess that Steve Clevenger, Alessandro Maestri, Thomas Diamond, J.R.Mathes or Greg Reinhard might draw a little interest.

AZ PHIL: 21-year old RHP Rafael Dolis gets four minor league options because he has spent only one "full season" on a major league or full season minor league team's active list through the 2009 season. He wowed the scouts in his last outing at Instructs last month with a fastball clocked in the upper 90's that touched 100, and he probably would have been the 1st pick in the Rule 5 Draft if he hadn't been added to the 40. Dolis has battled elbow and shoulder problems for much of his career (he was signed by the Cubs as a hot-shot fire-ballin' 16-year old out of the Dominican Republic during the International Signing Period in 2005), spending all or parts of the 2006-08 seasons on the DL, and so 2009 was the first year he has pitched injury-free, and was also his first official "full season." While he has a power arm, he also has control issues, as he walked 53 and hit seven batters in 99 IP at Daytona in 2009. Because of his still-limited professional game experience and command issues, he is still a bit of a project. He was a rotation starter at Daytona, but he projects as an MLB one-inning power-reliever. 

22-year old Welington Castillo was signed as a 17-year old out of the Dominican Republic in December 2004, and has been the Cubs #1 catching prospect for the last couple of years. He got an NRI to Spring Training with the big club in both 2008 and 2009. He threw out an organization-high 44% of opposing base-stealers in 2009, cut his passed balls in half. and reduced his errors, too, but he struggled at the plate during the first half of the season at AA Tennessee. He then caught-fire in July, August, and September (319/357/519 post-ASB). Castillo is still VERY raw (he can get lazy with his receiving and he tends to make too many unnecessary throws trying to pick runners off base), but if he continues to progress, he could be a "Flying Molina Brothers"-type frontline MLB catcher by 2011 or 2012.        

24-year old LHP John Gaub was one of three pitchers the Cubs acquired from Cleveland for Mark DeRosa last December (RHPs Jeff Stevens and Chris Archer were the other two). Gaub was a top pitching prospect and a possible eventual 1st round pick when he was throwing 96 MPH at the University of Minnesota, but then his career was derailed when he underwent shoulder surgery during his junior year. Despite the surgery, the Indians selected him in the 21st round of the 2006 draft, with the understanding that he would spend the rest of 2006 and most of 2007 rehabbing at the Indians minor league facility. He resumed pitching late in the '07 season, before finally getting a full season under his belt in 2008 at Lake County (MWL), where he struck out 100 in just 64 IP. The Cubs assigned him to AA to start the 2009 season, before giving him a mid-season promotion to AAA Iowa. (Gaub struck out 80 in just 60 IP combined between Tennessee and Iowa in 2009, with a 1.15 WHIP and a 2.25 ERA). He then was assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL post-2009, where he had trouble throwing strikes. He now throws a 93 MPH fastball and a hard-breaking slider, and probably projects as an MLB LOOGY.

24-year old lefty-swinging & throwing OF-1B James Adduci is the son of ex-MLB 1B-OF Jim Adduci (STL-MIL-PHI 1983-89), and attended Evergreen Park HS in southwest suburban Chicago. He was the PTBNL in the Todd Wellemeyer trade with Florida back in 2006. (Originally the Cubs got RHP Lincoln Holdzkom and LHP Zack McCormack for Wellemeyer, but McCormack had suffered what turned out to be career-ending arm injury prior to the trade and was returned to the Marlins as "damaged goods," and so the Cubs were given the summer to scout the Marlins system for a replacement player, who turned out to be Adduci). He is a tall & lanky kid (6'3 185), but he has almost no power. He has developed a nice, compact line-drive stroke over the past couple of years, however (hitting 290/380/365 at Daytona in 2008, then 300/377/388 at Tennessee in 2009), and has morphed into a patient hitter who takes a fairly high number of walks. He is a fast runner and an excellent base-stealer, too (26 SB at Daytona in 2008, then 35 SB at Tennessee in 2009), He was a 1st baseman in HS and in his first three seasons of pro ball with the Marlins, but the Cubs moved him to the outfield to take advantage of his athleticism and plus-arm. He can play all three OF positions, as well as 1st base. He projects as an MLB 4th OF-1B-LHPH-PR.    

24-year old RHP Blake Parker was drafted by the Cubs as a power-hitting C-3B-1B out of the University of Arkansas back in 2006 (16th round), but was converted to pitcher at Extended Spring Training in May 2007 after hitting a combined 224/325/367 at Mesa and Peoria in '06. He had been the clean-up hitter and top run producer for the EXST Cubs in 2007, and the other players at Fitch Park at the time were shocked to learn that Parker had been moved to pitcher, because it happened the day after he hit a GW grand slam HR. He had been a pitcher in HS, however, and one of the pitching coaches at EXST at that time (I believe it was then-Boise pitching coach Tom Pratt) saw Parker throw a 93 MPH fastball and a hard-breaking slider off the mound as a lark, and told him he should consider a move to pitcher. Parker said he was willing to give it a try, and he's been rocketing up through the Cubs system ever since. He was the closer at Tennessee and at Iowa in 2009 (combined 25 saves, 2.70 ERA, and 1.25 WHIP), and he also was the primary closer for the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL post-2009, but he probably projects as an MLB middle-reliever. 


I could see Clevenger getting nabbed by someone, everyone always needs inexpensive backup catchers. No loss though, Cubs have plenty of options there in the system.

Sure hope Camp doesn't turn into the next Casey McGahee.......that was a dumb move.

WOW! Another mediocre middle reliever! That goes great with our below average first baseman and our overpaid and underachieving outfield. Now all we need is a shortstop, second baseman and some starting pitching and we will be able to compete in our own division! I guess we are "rebuilding" again. How about getting a real closer, getting rid of Z and finding some WINNERS!!!

Does anyone know why Adduci played so little in 2005 & 2006? has an interview with him, but it's part of their pay-tier premium service.

dunno if it's addressed in the interview, though.

“It was like a second chance for me,” Adduci
said of the trade. “With the Marlins, I was hurt throughout the three
years. I was in and out of rehab with a knee and a broken hand and a
quad or something. Coming to a new organization, it’s kind of like a
new beginning. There are new people looking at me; they can get their
own opinions on me and it can change their minds.”


Thanks Rob G.

The only problem with Adduci I see is he seems to think that team chemistry helps his performance on the field.

Nov. 2008
You didn’t have a down month all season. What was the key to your consistency?

ADDUCI: It was just (about) having fun. With the group of guys that were down there, I had a blast playing. I feel like that was a good group and that going to the field wasn’t a job; it was just playing baseball with your friends and I thought that really helped out (as did) working with Richie Zisk....'s just media talk. he knows there's more to it than that or he wouldn't have to actually work at trying to do it at a competitive level.

You're much nicer than I am. I would have pointed out that performance and consistency are not the same thing.

" I would have pointed out that performance and consistency are not the same thing"

That's certainly true in your case, but when the interviewer preceded the question with the observation that Adduci didn't have a down month it's a pretty good guess the question had to do with performance.

That's one way to interpret it. The same question could have been asked if he batted .270 every month of the season though, could it not?

What is your beef with the quote, anyway? That Adduci thinks that the clubhouse has an impact on his performance or that the clubhouse actually has an impact on his performance?

Man, how did we get Richie Zisk? Seeing his name is the type of thing that makes you think that the Cubs are serious about developing their players.

I am trying to think of 6'3" no power center fielders and drawing a blank. Obviously I want this guy to be the next Brett Butler, and statwise he may be starting to profile in that direction, but what was Butler, 5'9"?

thanks for the detailed update Phil...

"The Cubs are one of the teams the Blue Jays have contacted regarding pitcher Roy Halladay. However, before Cubs fans start salivating at the prospect of the former Cy Young winner in the rotation with Ted Lilly, Carlos Zambrano, and Ryan Dempster, there's a catch. He's owed $15.75 million in 2010, and the Blue Jays want some of the Cubs' top prospects. No. 1, the team can't take on Halladay's salary. The Blue Jays apparently have a wish list and Milton Bradley is not on it. A player like highly regarded shortstop Starlin Castro most likely is, and the Cubs don't want to part with him, especially since they might only have Halladay for one year. The right-hander was 17-10 with a 2.79 ERA this season, and is a free agent after 2010. One thing the Blue Jays did make clear to the Cubs is they want to move Halladay this offseason."

Lilly, Lee (the shortstop) and Muldowney for Hallady?

i think you meant how did you miss it?

it's the lead of the post below...

It's OK, since you're two years late on my new sig.

Have you thought about changing your sign in name to Rob G...?

Your new sig is retarded. Do you like mine?

Mom's basement jokes, criticizing someone for not posting their personal information online, making fun of fantasy baseball in your sig, posting political videos? WTF? I don't understand why you are such a dick to everyone on here. You need us. You clearly really enjoy having online discussions about the Cubs since you are on here posting all day everyday without fail. So why be a giant douche and fight with everyone? If we all left or stopped responding to your posts, what would you with your life? Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

Which of those things that I did wasn't done by someone else first? I don't like hypocrites. You don't recognize them. It's just differing point of views.

"I don't understand why you are such a dick to everyone on here."

8 times out 10 I am a dick to someone here, because they were a dick to me. Sometimes I'm needlessly a smartass to someone, I admit. It's not something like I like about myself, but it is something I am trying to work on. Rob G was a dickhead to me in this situation. I know you're biased, so you have trouble recognizing it, but it's right there in black and white, read it again.

"you are on here posting all day everyday without fail."

First of all, that's a blatant lie. But in general when I see someone post something that I don't think is correct I correct it. Do I do the same thing "in every day life"? Yes. Am I more politic about it then? Typically, it depends on the circumstance.

The more interesting question to me is: How many posts like this do we have to see from you before you get your Cub Scout badge and move on to something else? I do appreciate that you don't agonize over every word that I write looking for syntax errors and typos anymore, but still these posts where you call me names are childish and hypocritical.

P.S. Yes, I like your new sig. Have you admitted to yourself I was correct about Theriot in September of 2008, yet?

I don't think Rob was being a 'dickhead', that's a little much.

And I don't know the history between you guys, but it does seem a little much to even remember an argument on here about Theriot over a year ago.

Just sayin.

EDIT-- And while I'm at it, lighten up. You know what my TCR claim to fame is? I was (at least one of) the guys to start the whole 3/44 thing about JSchmidt. Not that I thought it was funny, or perpetuated it. I was the fucking guy to show up on here a day or two late and say "Hey, Schmidt just signed for 3/44".

And it's funny. And I don't lose any sleep over it, and I don't think anyone was being a 'dickhead' about it.

That... thing is a pet peeve of mine. So maybe Rob G. wasn't trying to be a dick head, but to me it looks like he was. He could have said 'Uh Neal, I just did a post about that." or even said 'that's so "Bradley doesn't hit with RISP", but he put a little more of a dickhead slant on it.

WISCGRAD stalked me for, I don't know, 3 months at one point. Now he just lurks and occasionally comes to the rescue of some kitten he sees caught in a tree. I don't think Rob G is a kitten.

If anyone doesn't want me to reply to their posts just say so and I won't. AZ Phil said he doesn't like to argue with me - and guess what? We don't argue. It's that simple.

So when does TCR start the master list of who TRN can or can not post to? It will be like the tele-marketer not calling me law thingy.

Sign up now so TRN can't comment on your posts, and if you act now you get a free sense of humor.

Coming soon you will have the option of never seeing his posts if you sign up. It will be as if he never existed.

Act now, first 100 people get a signed autobiography of TRN. Offer not valid in Florida and New Jersey.

TRN: "But in general when I see someone post something that I don't think is correct I correct it."

Yes, but it is the WAY this is done that I think is not the most kind to others. Even in cases where you may may not be factually correct, or generalizing.

"I was (at least one of) the guys to start the whole 3/44 thing about JSchmidt."

I do not recall you getting this still funny (to me) label off the ground, TONY S. It is like taking credit for a new word or something - sort of organically just "sprouts"...

tony was saying he was one of the people that re-reported the news and we all started making fun of him...

"Yes, but it is the WAY this is done that I think is not the most kind to others."

I've been trying to be better about this. Look at the Grabow signing post where Rob and I had a disagreement. It was Rob, not me, who tried to belittle the other person. I said that something that someone else had written, and Rob posted was stupid, but I said that I didn't mean any offense to Rob and I clearly outlined how it was a very bad example of trying to imply causation from something that wasn't even correlated.

The Joe posted a snide remark about my response to his question (the same Joe who enjoys playing 'signature war') - when it didn't take a great deal of thought to realize I wasn't being a jerk to The Joe, I was making a comment regarding the value of Aaron Heilman, who most thought should not have been pulled back from waivers in August.

And there was the thing about signing Wells to an extension, which I missed the sarcasm on and I made a very civil (if misguided) post about how the hypothetical numbers were too much. If they're really high on Wells, then buying out his arb years may not be a bad idea. I'd do it for less than even I listed, I was giving the top reasonable amount.

And now there's this post, where evidence doesn't support your statement and I didn't say anything mean to you. You've simply been corrected ; )

if I was being a dickhead I would have pointed out what a bleedcubbieblue like trade scenario you came up with...

but apologies if that rubbed you the wrong way, figured you'd have tougher skin than that considering how abrasive you come off in the comments.

I'm about to get the garden hose and spray you girls down.

Don't make me do it......

Well, I was a little impaired when I made those posts, I wasn't thinking about Lilly's surgery. I think Lee's our top positional prospect, so it would be our best starter, who the Jays could flip or use as their ace for a season and then get two pics for, our best positional prospect and a second tier starting pitcher, just not a Jackson, Carpenter or Cashner. I doubt the Jays get a better offer than that. It, of course, depends not on how 'we' view the Cubs prospects, but how the Jays do.

It doesn't really bother me when someone's a dickhead to me, I just do it back (often ratcheting up a notch, I know), but I happily accept your apology and offer one of my own. Sorry.

if you think you are the smartest guy in the room (which you clearly do), why not start a Cubs blog of your own? There are still sites like Bloguin that seem desperate for "writers" so it won't even cost you anything.

I already have a blog of my own - it's just not about the Cubs. It's a lot of work to do a blog and I enjoy the content here.

If all the regular posters here got in a room and took an IQ test, I may not get the highest score, but I'd be near the top. Do you honestly think otherwise?

"Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day." -- Samuel Goldwyn

If all the regular posters here got in a room and took an IQ test, I may not get the highest score, but I'd be near the top. Do you honestly think otherwise?

Oh my.

You are so completely full of yourself, it is almost funny. But really it is mostly pathetic.

As a general rule I don't trust a man who thinks he knows a lot.

Maybe so, but not as pathetic as someone who thinks political ideology and intelligence are linked (and that the smart people all follow his).

Anyone else starting to think Silent Towel wasn't so bad after all?



My dad can beat up your dad.

Shit, my mom can beat up your dad.

Just need Maury Povich to referee this.

Let me know when the hair pulling starts..

Phil Rogers sunday "whispers" article showing up in a Boston Herald outlet. He's still working on a Granderson trade...
Many in the Cubs’ front office think they would be foolish to give up Starlin Castro to get Curtis Granderson, but there are a lot of other ways to do the deal. General manager Jim Hendry appreciates all Granderson brings to the table, even though he has had trouble hitting left-handers in two of the last three seasons. Perhaps Granderson would benefit from working with new Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.

Perhaps he would benefit from Jaramillo, but chances are that he will continue to not hit left-handed pitching. Not worth the risk considering there are other areas to improve on.

In addition to the Cubs adding Adduci, W. Castillo, Dolis, Gaub, and Parker to their 40-man roster, two prospects the Cubs traded away over the paat year were added to their club's respective 40:

RHP Jose Ceda (traded to the Marlins for Kevin Gregg a year ago) was added to Florida's 40-man roster, and RHP Alberto Alburquerque (traded to the Rockies for Jeff Baker this past July) was added to Colorado's 40.

The 6'4 275+ Ceda (who throws a 98 MPH heater and wipe-out slider when healthy) missed the 2009 season with a shoulder injury, and Alburquerque (who throws in the mid-90's when healthy) had a nice year at Daytona before he got traded, and then at AA Tulsa after he got traded.

Like Dolis, Ceda will get four minor league options because he has completed only one "full season" through the 2009 season.

Thanks AzPhil. Setting us up for the ex-Cub factor in a couple years!

Adduci played in his first winter-league game yesterday. He batted second and played right field for Hermasillo (Mexico). Jeff Stevens pitched his first inning for Mexicali.

as he promptly gets hit by a lefty....

weird arm slot and motion...looks like he's throwing hard.

I'm about to get the garden hose and spray you girls down.
wet T-shirt joke TCR style

Milton Bradley, Vernon Wells voted LVP by SI's Joe Posnanski

Soriano and former-Cub Jason Kendall get honorable... or eh... dishonorable mention.

Personally I would have given it to Aaron Miles, but he must also consider contract and expectations.

I wonder at what point Josh Johnson becomes available. He's surely a guy I'd let Cahsner or Jackson go for. Some very interesting and candid information from his agent in the article below. He really makes Boras sound more like a clown.

Edit* Does it seem odd to anyone else that we were after Peavy and not Hallady? What happened to the Peavy money?

"He really makes Boras sound more like a clown. "

How do you mean that? I agree that Sosnick (Johnson's agent) presented his position well and his statements made for an interesting read. He was also able to talk about the Marlins upper management in extremely complimentary terms even though they were far apart in their negotiating positions.

What does Boras do/say that you think makes him sound more like a clown? Just curious.

Boras has GM's that won't even deal with him. He has also spent the last two weeks telling anyone that will listen that teams are all loaded with cash, which is going to further alienate the owners and GM's.

Boras is trying to lay the factual groundwork for the Players' Union to claim collusion by the owners to keep salaries artificially low. The MLB owners have had to pay out quite a bit of money over the last 20-odd years (including for some years since 2000) to settle claims of collusion by the Players Union. Of course, the best way (in Boras logic) for the owners to rebut a claim of collusion is to pay Boras' clients large amounts of money. Funny how that works...

Much more likely is that Boras is trying to build public sentiment to drive owners to spend more money on free agents. You don't lay groundwork for what eventually would end up in court in press conferences.

"You don't lay groundwork for what eventually would end up in court in press conferences."

I guess I mis-stated that (although attempting to prejudice the 'court' with pre-trial facts is not unheard of). I don't think that Boras is laying the ground work for the union's collusion claim. That's the union's job, not Boras'. However, I do think he might be pointing out facts that could well be the basis for such a claim -- while at the same time implying that the owners could provide proof against such a claim by signing his clients to huge contracts. After all, they can afford it, given all the money Boras claims they are getting from the MLB and from excessive payroll penalties (Boras' claim). Just spitballin' here.

Looks like Halladay is definitely done with Toronto, at least by July 31st of next year. They're too far apart on extension discussions.

That's 38 men on the 40 man, right? Anyone heard anything about the Cubs making a Rule V pick?

God I hope not. IMO, a $140M team is shit if they are making rule 5 picks. See Chicago Cubs, 2009.

Correlation isn't causation. If we hadn't drafted Patton we could have signed a another FA like Gathright or Miles.


FanGraphs breaks down Soto's 09 and predicts a bounce-back.

yes, and like every other cutting edge fantasy freak they base it on the ridiculous conclusion that he was "unlucky" last year.

Luck had nothing to do with it. Over a season, luck quickly balances out. To simulate a season's "luck" try flipping a coin 180 times in a row if you don't believe me. You'll see a deviation from the mean measured in single digit percentages.

It's virtually impossible for bad luck to have reduced Geo's XBABIP by 20% (.251 BABIP instead of .314 expected) in 2009. Chance doesn't operate that way.

No. Soto was fat, stoned and injured. And if he shows up in the same shape next year, I predict he will be equally "unlucky."

There's definitely some of what crunch likes to refer to as "quality of contact" that plays into BABIP's, but to patently ignore chance as a factor flies in the face of 1000's of seasons of data. It's not like flipping a coin at all.

quality of contact is awesome.

milton bradley was swinging an okay bat last year, BUT he was on top of a lot of the stuff he was swinging at for spurts of the season causing him to pound crap into the ground he would ordinarily line.

it wasn't a bat speed issue (soriano) so while it's annoying, it's not detrimental. it's a "fixable" flaw.

Oh-oh...signage war brewing, Ricketts vs a casino?

Ahh, the first off-season move under the Ricketts regime : Billboard installations.

First move was overpaying Grabow.

(Wally)Hayward, 41, was most recently a senior advisor for Chicago 2016, the group responsible for raising funds for Chicago's Olympics bid. Through Hayward's efforts the group was able to raise $1.7 billion for that venture.

some dick gave Miguel Cabrera a first place vote...


The vote came days after he got hammered, drove home, beat up his wife and 0fered away the season as his team collapsed its way out of the playoffs.

What a joke.

Because he got a first place vote and finished fourth in voting, Cabrera earned a cool $200,000. Mauer only got $100,000 for winning.

That'l buy a lot of cerveza.

Bruce Levine gives more details on the plywood billboards that were put up in the bleachers to block the Horseshoe Casino ad on the rooftop...

Your 300 PM update is hilarious Rob. Bradley fucked him self by refusing to play. The only option left is to suspend him from the team.

No one ruined Bradleys trade value more than Milton Bradley did. The only other thing ruining it is Hendry signing this worthless piece of crap for 3 years 30 million.

No one wants to pay that much money for a known quitter, liar, and a two-faced asshole.

Here is a clue for Bradley, shut your mouth, stop crying and playing the victim, stop faking your injuries and play a full season for once in your career. When you do that and put up a real MLB season, you will find the respect you demand.

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    Arizona Phil 2 hours 40 min ago view
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    crunch 7 hours 58 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 7 hours 59 min ago view
  • that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 8 hours 10 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 8 hours 12 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 8 hours 12 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 8 hours 19 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 8 hours 33 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 9 hours 6 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 9 hours 10 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this it's a slight improvement.

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    crunch 9 hours 22 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 9 hours 40 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 10 hours 1 min ago view
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    Charlie 10 hours 2 min ago view
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    Charlie 13 hours 2 min ago view
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    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 13 hours 14 min ago view