2010 Cubs Draft Tracker Ticker - Day 2
ROUND 2 (65): Reggie Golden, OF (Wetumpka HS - Wetumpka, AL)
R/R, 5'10, 210, 18 years old
COMMENT: Top position player prospect in Alabama... Has plus-bat speed and power, but lacks plate discipline... Hit a HR at Wrigley Field last August in Under Armour All-American game... Above-average arm... Projects as RF... Only slightly above-average speed... Signed NLI with University of Alabama...
ROUND 3 (97): Micah Gibbs, C (LSU)
B/R, 5'11, 207, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Top defensive catcher in draft, although he has just an average arm... Won Rawlings ABCA Gold Glove in 2009... Was leading hitter at LSU among starting position players in 2010, hitting 388/438/592 with 10 HR & 60 RBI with 14 2B in 62 games... Hit just .212 with wood bat in Cape Cod League in 2009... Was Baseball America 1st Team Freshman All-American in 2008... Was teammate of Daytona Cubs INF D. J. Lemahieu on LSU College World Series Champion team in 2009... SEC Academic Honor Roll... Cubs GM Jim Hendry has long-time friendship with LSU Head Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri going back to when Mainieri was the coach at Notre Dame...
ROUND 4 (130): Hunter Ackerman, LHP (Louisburg JC)
L/L, 6'1, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC freshman... Throws an 88-92 MPH fastball... Has a solid change-up... Breaking ball needs work... Went 8-1 with a 1.41 ERA, 38 hits allowed, and 24/92 BB/K in 57 IP for the Hurricanes in 2010... This guy was very likely recommended by Cubs ace bird-dog scout Billy Swoope, who has a lengthy track record of finding quality arms in VA and NC...
ROUND 5 (160): Matt Szczur, OF (Villanova)
R/R, 5'11, 190, 20 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Last name is pronounced "Caesar" (like the emperor Julius, or if you prefer, like the comedian Sid)... Football player (WR & PR) who might get selected in 2011 NFL draft... MVP in 2009 FCS Championship game... Has been compared to Patriots WR Wes Welker... Hit 443/487/667 for Nova in 2010, with 4 HR & 38 RBI, 13 2B, 7 3B, 10 SB (5 CS)... Played both catcher & OF for the Wildcats but will likely play CF or LF in pro ball... One of the fastest players in college baseball... Below-average arm... Slash hitter with below-average power... Patient hitter who profiles as a lead-off man... Gets high marks for work ethic and intensity... Missed several weeks during 2010 baseball season after donating bone-marrow to one-year old girl with leukemia...
ROUND 6 (190): Ivan DeJesus, OF (Cupeyville School - San Juan, PR)
R/R, 6'0, 177, 17 years old
COMMENT: Not related to Cubs coach Ivan DeJesus... Played both 2B and CF in HS.... Good speed... Ran a 6.55 60... Accurate arm with average arm strength... Line-drive stroke with some power... Signed NLI with UAB...
ROUND 7 (220): Ben Wells, RHP (Bryant HS - Bryant, AR)
R/R, 6'3, 220, 17 years old
COMMENT: Throws a 90-94 MPH fastball, a hard slider, and a splitter... Hurled a perfect game last month in the Arkansas HS 7A State Championship game... Signed NLI with University of Arkansas
ROUND 8 (250): Cameron Greathouse, LHP (Gulf Coast CC)
L/L, 6'2, 205, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Soft-tossing lefty, has a plus-curve, while fastball tops out at 88... Went 10-2 with a 3.06 ERA, 68 hits allowed in 88.1 IP, with 64/131 BB/K for GCCC... Also hit .400 with 11 HR as RF on days he wasn't pitching... Will transfer to the University of South Carolina if he does not sign with Cubs... .
ROUND 9 (280): Kevin Rhoderick, RHP (Oregon State)
R/R, 6'0, 195, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Considered an under-achiever in 2010, he was a Baseball America 2nd team Freshman All-American in 2008 and a pre-season All-American prior to this season... Throws a 89-91 MPH fastball that tops out at 93... Best pitch is his slider... Also throws an effective change-up... Has trouble holding baserunners close... 3.13 ERA with 28 hits allowed and 15/35 BB/K in 31.2 IP as Beavers primary closer in 2010... Went 2-0 with a 4.19 ERA with 14 hits allowed (.191 OBA) and 6/30 BB/K in 17 games (19.1 IP) in Cape Cod League in 2009... Attended Horizon HS in Scottsdale, AZ... Was selected by the Detroit Tigers in 18th round of 2007 draft but did not sign, opting to attend OSU instead...
ROUND 10 (310): Aaron Kurcz, RHP (College of Southern Nevada)
R/R, 6'0, 175, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Teammate of #1 overall pick Bryce Harper at CSN... Was Coyotes closer... Best pitch is a 92-94 MPH fastball... also throws a "slurvy" breaking ball... Was 3-3 with 10 saves and a 4.11 ERA in 24 games in 2010, with 29 hits allowed and 17/52 BB/K in 35 IP... Surrendered walk-off HR with two outs in the 9th last week in JUCO World Series... Attended Air Force Academy as a freshman... Will transfer to Oral Roberts University if he does not sign with Cubs..
ROUND 11 (340): Eric Jokisch, LHP (Northwestern)
R/L, 6'2, 180, 20 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Throws an 86-89 MPH fastball and a curve, but change-up is his best pitch... Was Wildcats #1 starter in 2010... Went 5-7 with a 4.39 ERA, 107 hits allowed (.299 OBA) in 92.1 IP, with 37/62 BB/K for N. U. in 2010... Had a back injury at start of 2010 season, but had made full recovery and was throwing the ball much better by the end of season... Was one of the best pitchers in Cape Cod League in 2009... Was Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2008... Louisville Slugger All-American in 2008... Won seven conference games in 2008, most-ever by a true freshman... Academic All-American in 2009...
ROUND 12 (370): Austin Reed, RHP (Rancho Cucamonga HS - Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
R/R, 6'3, 200, 18 years old
COMMENT: Throws a 89-91 MPH fastball, a slurve, and a change... Went 6-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 13 games, with a .234 OBA, while allowing 65 hits in 71.1 IP, and 34/74 BB/K... Also hit .416 with 7 HR & 25 RBI in 27 games at 3B... Has had trouble with mechanics off-and-on throughout HS careeer... Signed NLI with San Diego State...
ROUND 13 (400): Pierre LePage, 2B (U. of Connecticut)
R/R, 5'8, 160, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... UConn lead-off hitter, hit 327/383/468 with 29 SB (6 CS), 3 HR & 57 RBI, 20 doubles, and three triples in 56 games for Huskies in 2010... Struck out only three times in 278 PA...
ROUND 14 (430): Colin Richardson, RHP (Winter Haven HS - Winter Haven, FL)
R/R, 6'1, 180, 18 years old
COMMENT: Went 8-0 with a 1.48 ERA, with 74 K in 47 IP, and threw two no-hitters, as a junior at WHHS... Also played SS... Will attend Santa Fe CC if he does not sign with Cubs...
ROUND 15 (460): Elliot Soto, SS (Creighton)
R/R, 5'9, 160, 20 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Missouri Valley Conference 1st team in 2009 & 2010... Gold Glove caliber defensive shortstop, but has just average speed and a questionable bat... Hit 297/388/431 with 3 HR & 28 RBI, 10 doubles, 4 triples, and 9 SB (1 CS) for Bluejays in 2010... Hit only .194 with wood bat in Cape Cod League in 2009... Native of Algonquin, IL, attended Dundee Crown HS... BTW, Jim Hendry was head coach at Creighton 1984-91, and Oneri Fleita played there for Hendry (and Fleita was named MVC Player of the Year in 1988)...
ROUND 16 (490): Ryan Hartman, RHP (Mt. Zion HS - Mt. Zion, IL)
R/R, 6'3, 18 years old
COMMENT: Also was a HS basketball star... Went 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA, 19/84 BB/K in 44 IP at MZHS in 2010... Throws a 90-91 MPH fastball, but his curve ball is considered the best in Illinois HS baseball... Signed NLI with Eastern Illinois University...
ROUND 17 (520): Steven Brooks, CF (Wake Forest)
R/R, 6'0, 195, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Athletic defender, hit 349/446/541 with 6 HR & 39 RBI, 20 doubles, and 23 SB (4 CS) for Demon Deacons in 2010...
ROUND 18 (550): Brooks Pinckard, RHP/OF (Baylor)
L/R, 6'1, 190, 21 years old
COMMENT: Draft-eligible sophomore... Was Baylor's closer in 2010, going 2-4 with a 2.45 ERA, with 12 Saves, allowing 27 hits in 33 IP, with 16/25 BB/K... Also played CF and hit 305/391/465 with 18 SB (2 CS)... Is one of the fastest players in college baseball, but is being drafted as a pitcher... Throws a 95 MPH two-seam fastball that will break a wood bat, but slider is still a work-in-progress...
ROUND 19 (580): Dustin Fitzgerald, RHP (Hill JC)
R/R, 6'4, 210, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Has solid three-pitch repertoire (88-90 MPH fastball that touches 92, a curve, and a change) but no one outstanding pitch... Was rated the top prospect in the Hawaiian Summer Collegiate League in 2009... Will transfer to Texas State if he doesn't sign with Cubs...
ROUND 20 (610): Ryan Cuneo, 1B (U. of Delaware)
L/R, 6'3, 205, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... Hit 350/421/677 with a team-leading 16 HR & 65 RBI, and 17 doubles, with a 24/35 BB/K, in 51 games for the Blue Hens in 2010... Won University of Delaware Athletic Dept Sportmanship Award his senior year...
ROUND 21 (640): Cody Cox, RHP (Grassfield HS - Chesapeake, VA)
R/R, 6'6, 205, 18 years old
COMMENT: Fastball touches 93... Somewhat raw, but projectable due to size... Signed NLI with Old Dominion... Could be a tough sign...
ROUND 22 (670): Jeff Vigurs, C (Bryant U.)
L/R, 6'0, 190, 22 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... Defensive-first catcher with good receiving skills and a strong arm, but has a questionable bat... Hit 333/380/455 with 4 HR & 41 RBI and 13 doubles for Bulldogs in 2010... Also can play OF...
ROUND 23 (700): Matthew Loosen, RHP (Jacksonville U.)
R/R, 6'2, 205, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Went 3-4 with a 5.88 ERA, 104 hits and 12 HR allowed in 82.2 IP, with 34/86 BB/K, for the Dolphins in 2010...
ROUND 24 (730): Dustin Geiger, RF (Merritt Island HS - Brevard County, FL)
R/R, 6'2, 180, 18 years old
COMMENT: Florida Today's 2010 High School Player of the Year... Played 3B in HS and wants to stay there, but is projected as a RF in pro ball... Has plus-arm, also was part-time closer... Hit .534 with 7 HR and 33 RBI his senior year at MIHS... Has summer job at Outback Steakhouse, so he could be used as a translator for Cubs Australian players at Fitch Park... Signed NLI with University of Central Florida and has strong commitment to attend UCF...
ROUND 25 (760): Eric Rice, RHP (Palm Beach State CC)
R/R, 5'11, 180, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... went 7-1 with a 3.27 ERA, allowing 56 hits and 22/52 BB/K in 63.1 IP for the Panthers in 2010... Will transfer to Lynn University if he doesn't sign with Cubs...
ROUND 26 (790): Danny Muno, SS (Fresno State)
B/R, 5'11, 175, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Plays both SS & 2B... Good plate discipline (career 160/108 BB/K at FSU), and a good base stealer despite not having blazing speed... Has gap power... Hit lead-off for Bulldogs in 2010, but probably profiles as a #2 hitter in pro ball... Hit 329/444/500 with 7 HR & 33 RBI, 17 doubles, and 48/33 BB/K, in 63 games for FSU in 2010...
ROUND 27 (820): Bryan Harper, LHP (College of Southern Nevada)
L/L, 6'5, 195, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Brother and college teammate of 2010 overall #1 draft pick Bryce Harper and also college teammate of Cubs 10th round pick RHP Aaron Kurcz... Throws 89-92 MPH fastball that tops out at 94... Also throws curve & change-up... Lanky lefty has had major control issues at times and has occasionally displayed temper on field... Spent freshman season at Cal State - Northridge... Will transfer to University of South Carolina if he does not sign with Cubs...
ROUND 28 (850): Joe Zeller, RHP (The Master's College)
R/R, 5'10, 190, 22 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... Played 2B before moving to the mound... All-CIF at Capistrano Valley HS in 2006... Spent freshman year at Loyola Marymount...
ROUND 29 (880): Casey Harman, LHP (Clemson)
L/L, 6'1, 200, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Was projected as a 6th-10th round pick pre-draft... Clemson's Friday night (#1) starter... 86-89 MPH sinker is his best pitch, but slider and change are just average... Has excellent control... Has not allowed more than two walks in any one game in his college career... Went 7-2 with a 3.95 ERA, allowing 91 hits (.239 OBA) and 31/86 BB/K in 100.1 IP in 2010...
ROUND 30 (910): Karsten Strieby, 1B (Arizona Western JC)
R/R, 6'6, 225, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC Freshman... Hit .316 with a .403 OBP, 3 HR & 16 RBI, and 10 doubles for the Matadors in 2010... Washington native is presently playing summer collegiate "wood bat" ball for the Walla Walla Sweets (West Coast League)... Karsten's brother Ryan is a 1B-LF in Tigers organization...
The draft will resume tomorrow at 12 noon (ET) with rounds 31-50.
Jake Arrieta gives up first inning run
For the first time in a year, 33 starts.
Old news, sorry if it's 3/44-
J-Hey being classy by repaying an old teammate:
With Paredes moving to 3B, how do you see playing time shaking out between him and Galindo? Do you think Galindo gets starts at 1B? Galindo is more of a prospect than Paniagua, right?
Phil, your knowledge of the Cubs Minor League system is unbelievable.
This kid would be a key piece in a trade for a pitcher, imo.
This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.
CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now.
LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.
RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.
AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).
I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.
Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)
E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.
Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.
More on the Cub Way.
Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.
Send Soler down!
Awesome thanks AZ
Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.
Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!