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!
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!!!!!!