Cubs 2010 Draft Ticker Tracker - Day 3
ROUND 31 (940): Benito Santiago, Jr, 1B (Lon Morris JC)
L/R, 6'5, 225, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Also plays basketball... Will probably transfer to Evansville or St. Francis (NY) to play basketball if he doesn't pursue career in baseball... Son of ex-MLB catcher Benito Santiago...
ROUND 32 (970): Brent Ebinger, LHP (Lambuth U.)
R/L, 6'0, 190, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... A. I. I. Conference MVP...
ROUND 33 (1000): Matt Stites, RHP (Jefferson CC)
R/R, 5'11, 170, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Baseball America's third-highest rated prospect in Missouri... Throws 88-92 MPH fastball that touches 94, but slider is his strikeout pitch... Will transfer to University of Missouri if he does not sign with Cubs, and he has apparently made a solid commitment to Mizzou...
ROUND 34 (1030): Dustin Harrington, 3B (East Carolina)
R/R, 5'11, 160, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Below-average runner and below-average defender, played SS at ECU but is projected as a 3B in pro ball... Was hitting .443/474/679 (4th in hitting in Conference USA) with 5 HR & 21 RBI in 25 games when he was dismissed from the Pirate baseball squad in April for academic reasons... hit 14 HR for ECU in 2009...
ROUND 35 (1060): Chris Anderson, RHP (Centennial HS - Blaine, MN)
R/R, 6'4, 215, 17 years old
COMMENT: Top HS prospect in Minnesota... Very raw... Has stamina problems... Throws 90-91 MPH fastball that projects to get better as he matures... Signed NLI with Jacksonville University... Will probably want way over-slot bonus to give up college ride...
ROUND 36 (1090): Tyler Bremer, RHP (Yavapai JC)
R/R, 6'2, 210, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Went 7-5 with a 2.90 ERA, allowing 78 hits and 46/101 BB/K in 90 IP for Roughriders in 2010... Spent freshman year at UC-Davis... Will transfer to Baylor if he does not sign with Cubs...
ROUND 37 (1120): Chad Noble, C (Northwestern)
R/R, 6'1, 195, 22 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... Hit 354/388/475 with 2 HR & 24 RBI, 10 doubles, and 11/36 BB/K in 212 PA for Wildcats in 2010... Teammate and three-year college battery-mate of Cubs 11th round pick Eric Jokisch...
ROUND 38 (1150): Jeremy Fitzgerald, RHP (Patrick Henry CC)
R/R, 6'0, 175, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC Freshman... Went 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA, 63 hits allowed and 21/80 BB/K in 65 IP for the Patriots in 2010...
ROUND 39 (1180): Casey Lucchese, RHP (College of Charleston)
R/R, 6'4, 200, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Went 4-0 with 3.18 ERA, allowing 34 hits (.222 OBA) with 16/52 BB/K in 39 IP and 21 games (all in relief) for Cougars in 2010...
ROUND 40 (1210): Brian Smith, LHP (St. Mary's Catholic SS - Pickering, Ontario)
L/L, 6'0, 17 years old
COMMENT: Member of Canadian Junior National Team... Throws 87-90 MPH fastball, with solid change and above-average curve... Will attend Volunteer State CC in Tennessee if he does not sign with Cubs...
ROUND 41 (1240): Dallas Beeler, RHP (Oral Roberts U.)
R/R, 6'5, 215, 21 years old
COMMENT: Draft-eligible Sophomore...Went 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA, 23 hits allowed and 11/17 BB/K in 21 IP and 10 games (2 GS) for Golden Eagles in 2010...
ROUND 42 (1270): Trey Nielsen, RHP (Skyline HS - Salt Lake City, UT)
R/R, 6'1, 190, 18 years old
COMMENT: Also plays 3B... Just started pitching this past season... Signed NLI with University of Utah where he hopes to play 3B and pitch... Father Scott pitched for the Yankees and White Sox in the 1980's...
ROUND 43 (1300): Danny Winkler, RHP (Parkland JC)
R/R, 6'1, 190, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Went 9-4 with a 3.11 ERA, 66 hits allowed and 38/81 BB/K in 81 IP (15 games) for the Cobras in 2010... Will transfer to Central Florida if he does not sign with Cubs...
ROUND 44 (1330): Jake Rogers, 1B (St. Petersburg CC)
L/R, 6'6, 195, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Also plays 3B-LF-RF... Was selected by Boston Red Sox in 29th round of 2008 draft but did not sign... Had signed NLI with Central Florida out of HS, but ended up at Chipola JC instead, before moving on to St. Petersburg CC... Hit .373 with 9 HR and 48 RBI with 19 doubles in 56 games for Titans in 2010...
ROUND 45 (1360): Devon Austin, C (Couer D'Alene HS - Couer D'Alene, ID)
R/R, 6'1, 175, 18 years old
COMMENT: Gatorade 2010 Idaho High School Player of the Year... Hit .433 with 4 HR & 48 RBI and 17 SB for Vikings in 2010... Signed NLI with New Mexico State...
ROUND 46 (1390): Jerad Eickhoff, RHP (Olney Central JC)
R/R, 6'4, 200, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC Freshman... Is presently pitching for Wisconsin Woodchucks in Northwoods League (a Summer collegiate league)
ROUND 47 (1420): Clayton Crum, RHP (Klein HS - Harris County, TX)
R/R, 6'1, 190, 18 years old
COMMENT: Was rated one of the top junior pitchers in Texas HS baseball in 2009, but that was before he had TJS... Signed NLI with Ohio State...
ROUND 48 (1450): Eric Paulson, 3B (Fremd HS - Palatine, IL)
R/R, 6'1, 185, 18 years old
COMMENT: Signed NLI with Bradley University...
ROUND 49 (1480): Bryce Shafer, RHP (Valparaiso)
R/R, 6'0, 180, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Was #1 starter for the Crusaders in 2010... Went 7-4 with a 4.10 ERA in 19 games (16 GS), with 108 hits allowed (.263 OBA) and 51/121 BB/K in 105.1 IP
ROUND 50 (1510): Eric Jagielo, SS (Downers Grove North HS - Downers Grove, IL)
L/R, 6'2, 195, 18 years old
COMMENT: Rawlings/Perfect Game High School Senior Pre-Season All-America Honorable Mention... Member of National Honor Society... Signed NLI with Notre Dame...
That's all, folks!
Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.
Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell
if he put ajax 1st/2nd in the f'n playoffs he deserves to lose his nearly sure-thing MOY award to terry collins.
I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth
Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.
Wtf is up w/that?!
Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...
I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.
Awesome stuff, Phil.
listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.
That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.
it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?
sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.
HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).
Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.
I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.
One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players.
CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely.
Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.
As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?