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...


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ROUND 32 (970): Brent Ebinger, LHP (Lambuth U.)
R/L, 6'0, 190, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... A. I. I. Conference MVP...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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)


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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...


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ROUND 48 (1450): Eric Paulson, 3B (Fremd HS - Palatine, IL)
R/R, 6'1, 185, 18 years old
COMMENT: Signed NLI with Bradley University...


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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


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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...


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That's all, folks!

Comments

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...

Looks like the Cubs just found their next left fielder.

I was more interested in the Highly Clickable Stories.

AZ Phil,

We have drafted 12 JC players so far. I don't remember us drafting that many JC's before. I am assuming that JC's might be easier to sign away from college commitments or are just cheaper in general. Looks to me as though the front office wanted to stay pretty cheap this year. That's just a guess of course.

I did like the Reggie Golden pick. I have a friend in AL whose the Athletic Trainer for a HS that played Wetumpka. He said that Golden is lightning quick, and built like a truck. I don't think the Cubs draft enough guys like that. Some analyst said that Golden seemed to him like a TB Rays type of draftee. I see that as a positive.

As far as Simpson goes, I simply say that only the Cubs could make that kind of splash. I hope the kid does really well, but you have to say wow to the pick. Wilken has a got to have a big pair to do that with our fan base. When the player drafted is shocked to picked, and Jim Callis of BA can't remember where the kid is from or what hand he is, you know it was off the grid.

My question ties in a bit with the JC thread for Phil or any of our knowledgeable commentors - can you elaborate on the frequency of the JC route for baseball players?

Is it that they think they were under-appreciated or scouted in HS so they go to JC to build their credentials for a real school or MLB or is it that they're just too poor students to get into 4 year schools - or is it something else?

Just from my experience in Iowa, many high school kids will take the JC or CC route because they did not get recruited heavily enough from D-1 programs. This might be because they play for a small school or the area is not looked at closely by the schools, etc. A place like the University of Iowa, for example, which is a pretty bad D-1 baseball program, still only has about half of its roster comprised of native Iowa players. So that is only about 3 high school kids in the state each year who will get a chance to play there. Maybe a few more at Iowa State and Northern Iowa, but the reality is that a lot of talented kids get left out.

I know one top player in large school Iowa HS back when I was playing who was recruited by Iowa to walk on and try out. He said he showed up and 23 of the 25 roster spots were already set aside for scholarship players. So he has 2 days of workouts to compete with 30 other guys for the remaining two spots. He didn't get one. And that was it. At that point, he had already been there for more than a semester, made friends, etc. Transferring at that point, just didn't make sense.

So if you are someone who doesn't get recruited for D-1 but still has dreams of doing D-1 or perhaps beyond, you have two options. You could go the D-III route, but unless you put up ungodly numbers somehow, no one will hear of you and you will not be recruited by D-1 schools or scouted. It happens, but it is rare. People play D-III mostly for the fun of it, and have to balance baseball with classes. By choosing that route, you are basically signaling to others that this is as good as you think you can be. It's like you self-select out of the pool for recruiting/scouting.

But junior colleges and community colleges are different. Many of those that have baseball programs are essentially feeder schools. You play and practice a lot (outside of NCAA rules), actual course commitments are nominal, and the coaches are well-connected with D-1 coaches and scouts. Most are 2-year institutions, so the whole point - either athletically or academically - is to transfer.

I'm sure it varies around the country, but in Iowa anyway, that is who attends JCs and CCs to play baseball.

Thanks. That's what I figured a part of it is - 25 scholaraships for even a D1 baseball team is pretty rare I think in the prop 48 days.

I am surprised that 18 year old boys actually want to stay in Iowa, though!

Never mind.

Easy to get in + cool campus (for the midwest) = plenty of attractive young ladies at Iowa.

If I remember correctly, Iowa State doesn't have a baseball program and UNI is in the process of closing its program.

Yeah, ISU shuttered their baseball program years ago and UNI shut down theirs as well. Not much for big program college baseball in Iowa anymore.

point of order: neither uni nor isu have baseball teams anymore; just for the record...

If you build it, they will come, unless of course they lose their scholarships to softball and women's lacrosse players.

Two posters already mentioned that above. I was writing as it was when I graduated from HS (2000) and had forgotten that ISU closed down the following year, and 2009 was UNI's last year. Reinforces the point even more of talented kids taking the JC route.

Submitted by The Real Neal on Wed, 06/09/2010 - 1:58pm.
My question ties in a bit with the JC thread for Phil or any of our knowledgeable commentors - can you elaborate on the frequency of the JC route for baseball players?

Is it that they think they were under-appreciated or scouted in HS so they go to JC to build their credentials for a real school or MLB or is it that they're just too poor students to get into 4 year schools - or is it something else?

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REAL NEAL: Some players go to a JC because they don't have the grades to get into a four-year college, some transfer to a JC after spending their freshman year at a four-year college while they look for another four-year school to transfer to, and some don't want to wait until they turn 21 to get drafted by an MLB team (JC players are eligible for the draft every year, and some get selected two or three times before finally agreeing to sign).

It used to be that clubs retained the rights to JC draft picks for a full year (until the next Rule 4 Draft), allowing clubs to "Draft & Follow" their JC draft picks through an additional season before deciding whether to give the player the bonus he wants. (There were usually about two or three new players who would arrive at Fitch Park every May after signing with the Cubs as a "Draft & Follow"). But the Draft & Follow Rule was eliminated a couple of years ago, so now clubs have to decide by the August 15th deadline whether they want the JC player at the player's asking price.

That's why it's kind of odd that Wilken decided to select so many JC players this year, since their value is considerably less now than was the case prior to the Draft & Follow Rule being eliminated,

Submitted by Childersb3 on Wed, 06/09/2010 - 1:34pm.
AZ Phil,

We have drafted 12 JC players so far. I don't remember us drafting that many JC's before. I am assuming that JC's might be easier to sign away from college commitments or are just cheaper in general. Looks to me as though the front office wanted to stay pretty cheap this year. That's just a guess of course.

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CHILDERS: Some JC players are anxious to turn pro, while others have fairly strong commitments to transfer to a four-year school. They really aren't cheaper than any other type.

In general, the easiest players to sign are college seniors, because they have very little leverage, so most of the best college players sign after their junior year.

High school players are usually the toughest to sign, because they all have someplace they can go if they don't sign, even if it's a small NAIA college, or a Division 2 school, or a JC. That's why HS players get the best deals, why they can sometimes hold out for more money than they are actually worth based upon their performance on the field. It's not that unusual for a HS kid to get drafted in the 20's and then get "4th round money" to give up his college plans, even if all the club is buying is just risky long-term potential.

The kid from Utah sounds interesting - this site ranked him as the #2 HS prospect in the higly populated three state area:

http://baseballnwblog.com/2009/12/14/class-of...

As tall as he is with what seems to be good speed and bat, I wonder if the Cubs like him somewhere else than behind the plate - assuming they pay whatever it takes to sign him.

From Jim Callis' chat... http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/ch...

Ty (Chicago): Hayden who? Please, please explain this to me, and to all Cubs fans. Thanks.

Jim Callis: The Cubs saw Hayden Simpson throw 92-97 twice in four days at the D-II World Series, and they think he'll have four average or better pitches, love the makeup, believe he could move quickly. I don't think that was the consensus on him, but the Cubs saw him very well and were afraid another team with multiple picks might draft him before they could pick again. Stunned me, though.

Dave (Chicago): How bad was the Cubs draft? Any reason to be excited about Reggie Golden?

Jim Callis: Golden was one of the better athletes in the draft. I didn't mind Micah Gibbs in the third round, VG receiver and leader, should hit decently. They got a fine pair of in-state sleepers in Eric Jokisch (11th) and Ryan Hartman (16th). Matt Stites (33rd) is one of my favorite third-day picks so far.

Boomer (Chicago): So, Hayden Simpson, he was Tim Wilken's "Best Player Available" and was just afraid he'd be gone by round 2....right? As long as the Cubs drafted "BPA" I'm going to give Wilken the benefit of the doubt.

Jim Callis: That is the case yet. Wilken said he had lost a couple of guys in the last couple of drafts and didn't want to take the chance this year. This was not a signability pick.

I think that's all for Cubs questions.

Thanks - it wasn't really a diviation from the Wilkens MO - then. Let's see if we can sign him quickly as well as some of the overslot guys before we pronounce doom and gloom about the farm system (something Ricketts has said is key to having a winning team).

Virtually everyone on twitter: Cubs recalled Chad Tracy from Triple-A and placed Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day DL (retroactive to June 8) with a left thumb contusion.

Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan has a broken thumb, I wonder who will get off the dl first

this page too...

all of them, actually.

You're my hero, Rob.

guy drafted ahead of Simpson just signed for $1.557M, apparently that's slot money.

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-cubs-...

a compilation of meaningless reactions to the Cubs draft.

http://wiklifield.thecubreporter.com/2009_draft

fwiw, going through the years

8 from junior or community colleges in 2009
8 in 2008
5 in 2007
11 in 2006
7 in 2005
5 in 2004

bummer, Halladay vs. Josh Johnson rained out

Didn't that just happen? Was it Halladay's PG?

don't know, whoever remembers the opposing pitcher of a no-hitter or perfect game?

but it did remind me that I'd be in first place today if Halladay just gave up one hit that game.

Good times.

[edit] Yup, 1-0, Halladay over Johnson.

I saw some clown from the West Michigan Whitecaps throw a no hitter against Josh Beckett. In this case it's the opposite, I don't remember who threw the no hitter.

Theriot 2B, Baker 3B, Lee 1B, Byrd CF, Nady RF, Soriano LF, Soto C, Castro SS, Zambrano P

lefty Wolf going for Brewers

I don't care if the lefty's arm is seven feet long, I'd still rather see Tracy than Baker at third.

FMT

I agree with you, but only because Baker's face is too big. It creeps me out. Reminds me of one of those cenobites whose face was stretched back.

meh...

go scrubbies. cya tomorrow tracy.

cst_cubs: Rami says he'll take as long as needed on DL to get hand 100%. Says 3-hit game Sat swelled worse.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?c...

Fun article on some first half surprises...tidbit on Silva

He has thrown first-pitch strikes 70.1 percent of the time -- second to only Cliff Lee among big league starters -- and has a 47-12 strikeout-walk ratio.

Rosenthal says Cliff Lee to Yankees is inevitable

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Mariners-a...

Fuck me that's be a good rotation. Oh wait, it already is. Who gets bumped??

the flaw in Rosenthal's plan...

also Cashman has said that he doesn't like to give up prospects and big-time contracts, so his whole extension window theory doesn't fly. They'd more likely wait for Lee in the offseason and pursue someone like Berkman.

Yeah, I just don't get it. If they needed pitching, then yeah, it'd be worth it. But considering their SP contracts, you'd probably have to move Hughes, but he's been awesome. Rosenthal is retarded, unless he's right, in which case he's still retarded.

Lou met one on one with a few of #Cubs. His message: "Whoever is playing the best is going to get playing time."

until Lou changes his mind tomorrow...

He's senile, he just doesn't remember the things he's said. Players don't get into his doghouse, he just forgets they exist.

tyler "29 PA and 3 starts in May" colvin...that kid is gonna play!

Today: "I'm gonna play Colvin".
Tomorrow: "Who's Colvin?" ~grumble grumble, wets himself, grumble grumble~

from inside the ivy twitter:

Jokisch was first local product (Northwestern; Virginia, IL native). A Cards fan, he admits he hated the Cubs until draft.

http://cubs.scout.com/2/976171.html

upper 80's, can hit 91-92, circle change is his best pitch and has a 4 and 2-seam fastball and has been working on a cutter.

Lou says Tracy/Baker platoon at 3b while Ramirez is out...

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100...

Sonny Gray listed as one of the top 10 to watch for 2011 draft, Cubs picked him in 2008 draft, although he planned to honor his Vanderbilt commitment.

Maybe the Cubs will continue to suck and thus have a top 10 pick. Eeeeek! I'm excited.

See? We should have paid whatever it took to sign all of our pics!

at least Z is throwing 92-94mph again...

BLACKHAWKS!!!!

HAWKS!!!

What an incredible game.

I can only imaging how I would feel if the Cubs win the big one.

Roenick broke down on camera on the National broadcast during the wrap. He is Hawk through-and-through.

Too bad Rocky's dad couldn't see the light.

Fuck Rocky's dad. If he was still alive, Toews would've probably hoisted the Cup last night for a different team. If he never owned the team in the first place, I'd still be a Hawks fan.

I admit, I rooted against them to win. But now that they're the champs, it doesn't excuse the fact that Hossa is a scumbag and Bill Wirtz was the worst owner in NHL history (something like the worst 3B in Cubs history).

It's good for the city. I'm happy for the people and most of the team. But seriously, Bill Wirtz was a motherfucker and didn't deserve to see this happen, and luckily never would have if he were still alive today.

I agree for the most part - but I meant the Wirtz Sr. was a dick (for not SEEING the light - as in not "getting it"). I hated his ass as well.

But, stick it for rooting against them to win it.

I thought you were talking about Rocky Balboa's dad. :)

I thought you were talking about Rocky Balboa's dad. :)
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nothing like going on a sly tangent...

http://www.page2live.com/wp-content/uploads/2...

Sylvester Stallone was a difficult birth, yanked from his mother's womb by a doctor's forceps that severed a facial nerve.

His father, a beautician, moved the family to Washington DC, where he opened a beauty school. His mother, a flamboyant woman who has become something of a celebrity in her own right, opened a women's gymnasium in 1952, called Barbella's. They divorced when Stallone was 11, and he was later sent to a special high school for "troubled kids," where he was voted "most likely to end up in the electric chair".

http://www.nndb.com/people/761/000023692/

Muskat did a brief piece on Benito Santiago Jr.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

Interesting pick if they could get him to sign. Obviously he's about 3 years behind on the learning curve, but he may be able to find a very good personal tutor to help him with some of the nuances, and no on ever accused his dad of not working hard.

they did accuse his Dad of using steroids though.

Eh. Him and 80% of the rest of baseball.

The other 20% was on uppers.

i like koyie hill...

I like him when he isn't starting too often or coming in late in games when Soto has a good chance to still get another PA that could matter.

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  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 16 min 57 sec ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 17 min 25 sec ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 26 min 14 sec ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 46 min 24 sec ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 23 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 1 hour 53 min ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 47 sec ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 8 min ago view
  • I'm with Rob G and Johann here. It's not about Chapman as a pitcher. I just don't want to have to block out a real problem (the domestic violence) in order to try to enjoy the frivolous ball and stick game.

    Charlie 2 hours 16 min ago view
  • ROB G & BOB R: You're right. The QO can only be extended if the player spends the entire previous season with one club, so only the Yankees could have offered one to Chapman (if he wasn't traded). If an Article XX-B FA is traded during the season, the new club can't offer a QO. .

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 17 min ago view