2011 Cubs Draft Tracker Ticker - Day 2

ROUND 2 (68): Dan Vogelbach, 1B (Bishop Verot HS - Ft. Myers, FL)
L/R, 6'0, 250, 18 years old
COMMENT: Rated by Baseball America as the #109 best player and the #3 best HS power hitter in 2011 draft... Hit 508-ft HR (with metal bat) at the Power Showcase in December... Hit 17 HR in 32 games leading his HS team to 2011 Florida 3-A state championship... Weighed 280+ a year ago but lost 30+ pounds over past year... Signed NLI with U. of Florida...


ROUND 3 (98): Zeke DeVoss, 2B-CF (U. of Miami)
B/R, 5'10, 175, 20 years old
COMMENT: Draft-eligible college sophomore... Less-polished than your typical D-1 college player... Batted lead-off and hit 340/491/456 with 32 SB (10 CS) and 57 BB/30 K in 291 PA and 61 games for the Hurricanes in 2011... Gap hitter with plus-speed... Versatile athletic player... Played SS in HS and was moved to 2B at "The U.," but probably projects as a CF in pro ball... Drafted out of HS in 38th round of 2009 draft by Red Sox but did not sign...


ROUND 4 (129): Tony Zych, RHP (U. of Louisville)
R/R, 6'3, 190, 20 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Was selected by Cubs in 46th round of 2008 draft out of St. Rita HS in Chicago but did not sign... Rated the 50th best prospect in 2011 draft by Baseball America... One of the top closers in college baseball, was voted the #1 prospect in Cape Cod League in 2010 when he led league with 12 saves... Had 13 saves for Louisville in 2011... Two-pitch pitcher... Throws 94-97 MPH fastball that tops out at 99 and a mid-80's slider... Good hitter and fielder, he also played some infield for the Cardinals in prior seasons...


ROUND 5 (159): Tayler Scott, RHP (Notre Dame Prep - Scottsdale, AZ)
R/R, 6'3, 165, 19 years old
COMMENT: South African... Moved to U. S. three years ago to work with pitching guru Tom House and play HS baseball ... Was rated by Baseball America as the #193 best player in 2011 draft... Two-pitch pitcher... Throws 90-92 MPH fastball that tops out at 93... Does not throw a change-up, and breaking ball is still a work in progress.... 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA, with 46 hits allowed and 26/58 BB/K in 46 IP for Notre Dame in 2011... Arizona 4-A 2nd team All-State soccer player... Has only been playing baseball for three years... Played soccer, rugby, and cricket in South Africa... Signed NLI with U. of Arizona...


ROUND 6 (189): Neftali Rosario, C (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy - Gurabo, PR)
R/R, 5'11, 193, 17 years old
COMMENT: Polished receiver with a strong arm... Started to show HR power this season...


ROUND 7 (219): Trevor Gretzky, 1B (Oak Christian HS - Westlake, CA)
L/L, 6'4, 190, 18 years old
COMMENT: Son of hockey great Wayne Gretzky... Has a line drive stroke with projection to eventually hit for HR power... Has below-average speed... Could probably play LF once he has completed shoulder surgery rehab... Signed NLI with San Diego State...


ROUND 8 (249): Taylor Dugas, CF (U. of Alabama)
L/L, 5'8, 170, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Was a Baseball America first-team All-American in 2010... Also All-SEC 2010-11... Hit 349/455/564 with 8 HR & 33 RBI, 20 doubles, four triples, 41/22 BB/K, 8 SB (5 CS) in 290 PA (63 games) for Crimson Tide in 2011... Has only slightly above-average speed... Outstanding defensive CF with an average arm... Has drawn 100+ walks over past two seasons...


ROUND 9 (279): Garrett Schlecht, OF (Waterloo HS - Waterloo, IL)
L/L, 6'2, 195, 18 years old
COMMENT: Two-way player in HS (LHP/1B)... Athletic defender and good hitter but with below average speed... Projects as corner OF in pro ball... Signed NLI with Middle Tennessee State...


ROUND 10 (309): Danny Lockhart, SS (Hebron Christian Academy - Dacula, GA)
L/R, 6'2, 195, 18 years old
COMMENT: Son of former MLB infielder and current Cubs Georgia & South Carolina Area Scout Keith Lockhart... Hit .512 in four years at Hebron Academy... Led Lions to 2011 GHSA State Baseball Championship... Signed NLI with Kennesaw State...


ROUND 11 (339): Shawon Dunston, Jr, CF (Valley Christian HS - San Jose, CA)
L/R, 6'2, 175, 18 years old
COMMENT: Son of former Cub SS Shawon Dunston, Sr... Hit 319/420/447 for Warriors in 2011... Plus-speed but is otherwise very raw... Signed NLI with Vanderbilt...


ROUND 12 (369): Jacob Lindgren, LHP (St. Stanislaus HS - Kiln, MS)
L/L, 5'11, 180, 18 years old
COMMENT: Two way player in HS (OF-LHP)... Throws 86-88 MPH sinker, change-up, and curve... Signed NLI with Mississippi State... ...


ROUND 13 (399): Trey Martin, CF (Brookwood HS - Snellville, GA)
R/R, 6'2, 188, 18 years old
COMMENT: Hit 423/475/692 with 4 HR & 18 RBI, 16 doubles, 13/11 BB/K, and 9 SB in 34 games for the Broncos in 2011... Like Danny Lockhart, Martin signed NLI with Kennesaw State......


ROUND 14 (429): Dillon Maples, RHP (Pinecrest HS - Southern Pines, NC)
R/R, 6'3, 205, 19 years old
COMMENT: Rated by Baseball America as the #46 best prospect in the draft... Throws a mid-90's fastball and a plus-curve... 2011 Gatorade North Carolina HS Player of the Year... Member of USA Junior National Team... Two-way player (RHP/3B)... Went 9-1 with 0.92 ERA and 143 K in 68.2 IP on the mound... Also hit 431 with 7 HR as 3B... Also a PK on his HS football team and is considered good enough to kick in D-1 college football... Signed NLI with U. of North Carolina...


ROUND 15 (459): Justin Marra, C (Michael Power/St. Joseph Secondary School - Etobicoke, Ontario)
L/R, 5'10, 185, 18 years old
COMMENT: Member of Canadian Junior National Team... Has shown strong arm and plus raw power in international competition... Has not yet signed an NLI, but plans to attend either Connors State JC in Oklahoma or Jefferson JC in Missouri if he does not sign pro contract...


ROUND 16 (489): Rafael Lopez, C (Florida State)
L/R, 5'9, 190, 23 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Attended Boston College and Indian River JC before landing at Florida State... Has only been catching for three years but already is considered above-average defensively... Hit 325/437/520 with 7 HR & 36 RBI, 18 doubles, and 35/34 BB/K in 246 PA (57 games) for Seminoles in 2011...


ROUND 17 (519): John Andreoli, OF (U. of Connecticut)
R/R, 6'1, 215, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Father played in NFL with the New England Patriots and cousin is MLB RHP Daniel Bard... Good bunter, but bat is questionable... Good defensive outfielder... Also can play 1B... Has plus-arm and above-average speed... Hit 319/335/350 with 0 HR, six doubles, 24 BB/33 K, and 22 SB (8 CS), in 295 PA (64 games) for Huskies in 2011...


ROUND 18 (549): James Pugliese, RHP (Mercer County CC)
R/R, 6'3, 195, 18 years old
COMMENT: JC freshman... Allowed 30 hits and 23 walks with 71 strikeouts in 57 IP for MCCC in 2011..


ROUND 19 (579): Paul Hoilman, 1B (East Tennessee State)
R/R, 6'4, 240, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Big-time power... Won Home Run Derby at 2010 College World Series... Tied for third in NCAA D-1 with 22 HR in 2011... Hit 313/440/724 with 22 HR & 50 RBI, 22 doubles, and 44/72 BB/K in 266 PA (57 games) for Buccaneers in 2011... Also played 3B earlier in his career... Academic All-American (is majoring in Mathematics)... Plans to attend either law school or medical school...


ROUND 20 (609): Ben Klafczynski, OF (Kent State)
L/R, 6'3, 195, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Hit 368/448/591 with 10 HR & 57 RBI, 19 doubles, 3 triples, and 36/35 BB/K in 286 PA (62 games) for the Golden Flashes in 2011...


ROUND 21 (639): Andrew McKirahan, LHP (U. of Texas)
R/L, 6'2, 195, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Lefty reliever... 3.05 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 5/13 BB/K in 20.2 IP and 20 games (all in relief) for Longhorns in 2011...


ROUND 22 (669): Ethan Elias, RHP (Grand Trunk HS - Evansburg, Alberta)
R/R, 6'3, 180, 18 years old
COMMENT: Member of Canadian Junior National Team... Signed NLI with Central Arizona JC...


ROUND 23 (699): Bradley Zimmer, OF (La Jolla HS - La Jolla, CA)
L/R, 6'5, 195, 18 years old
COMMENT: Hit 446/500/723 for Vikings before broken hand ended 2011 season... Long stride with average speed... Projected to develop HR power as he fills out... Signed NLI with U. of San Francisco (older brother Kyle is RHP and #1 starter at USF)...


ROUND 24 (729): George Asmus, RHP (Ohlone JC)
R/R, 6'2, 195, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC sophomore... 1st Team All-Conference... Will transfer to U. of Washington if he does not sign with Cubs...


ROUND 25 (759): Rock Shoulders, 1B (State College of Florida - Manatee/Sarasota JC)
L/R, 6'2, 225, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC freshman... Ex-catcher with plus-arm... Plus-power... Led all Florida JC players with 14 HR in 2011... Lumbering slow runner... Could possibly play 3B if he gets into better shape... Was drafted by Red Sox out of HS in 20th round of 2010 draft but did not sign...


ROUND 26 (789): Michael Jensen, RHP (Hartnell JC)
R/R, 6'1, 185, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC sophomore... Pre-season JUCO All-American... Went 6-3 with a 2.00 ERA for the Panthers in 2011... Will transfer to USC if he does not sign with Cubs...


ROUND 27 (819): Taiwan Easterling, OF (Florida State)
R/R, 5'11, 190, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior (redshirt junior)... Star WR on Seminoles football team... Returned to baseball in 2010 after not playing the game since he was named Mississippi's "Mr. Baseball" his senior year at Oak Grove HS in Hattiesburg in 2007... Was also a Rawlings Perfect Game High School All-American in 2007... Was drafted by the Florida Marlins twice previously but did not sign, out of HS in the 6th round in 2007, and then again in the 31st round last year... Hit 302/367/377 for FSU in 2011... He has one year of football eligiblity remaining because he redshirted his freshman year (2007)...


ROUND 28 (849): Chris Garrison, RHP (Western Nevada JC)
R/R, 6'4, 185, 21 years old
COMMENT: JC sophomore... Was selected out of HS by Orioles in 48th round of 2008 draft but did not sign... Transferred to WNC after spending freshman year at University of Oregon... Went 7-3 with a 2.59 ERA 25/45 BB/K for Wildcats in 2011... Will transfer to U. of Kentucky if he does not sign with Cubs


ROUND 29 (879): Drew Weeks, 3B (Clay HS - Clay, FL)
R/R, 6'2, 180, 17 years old
COMMENT: Hit .470 for Blue Devils in 2011... Signed NLI with U. of North Florida...


ROUND 30 (909): Arturo Maltos-Garcia, RHP (Lamar CC)
R/R, 6'1, 190, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC sophomore... Was rated 2nd best prospect in Colorado by Baseball America pre-draft... Throws 90-92 MPH fastball and a 12-6 "hammer"-curve... Suffered season-ending elbow injury in JUCO playoffs... Prior to injury had gone 11-1 with a 2.11 ERA, with 64/139 BB/K in 94 IP... Will transfer to U. of New Mexico if he does not sign with Cubs...


Pretty long profile on him:


Nice that we drafted a high OBP/Power guy, too bad about the conditioning.

somehow how I feel better knowing Boston was interested in him...

Is he Prince Fielder Jr.?

He looks like John Kruk does now.


A video of him in metal bat HR derby - hit HR's measuring 464, 462, 448, 476


fun starts around 1:10

can see him try running and fielding in that one, about 6:40 in is a 508 foot HR at Chase Field

He's my new favorite Cub.

Love everything, until he steps out of the batter's box.

Thanks for the link.

He wouldn't be the first fat-boy baseball success story if he were to become a good MLB player.

I'd root for him.

Looks like a shorter version of Hoss from Bonanaza. Cubs fans would love this kid if he can ever make it.

Here's a clip of his pro-day workout after he lost some weight, it's at Chase Field.


actually, that's the same link as Rob G posted. Great minds think slowly. :)

I like to think of him as a non-drug addicted, baseball playing version of Chris Farley. I think he'll imitate his physical comedy while fielding plays at first. Cubs fans will adore him

As long as he lives in a van down by the river, he'll be a big favorite.

Did he eat a lot of paint chips when he was a kid?

Cubs selected two of the top HS power bats in the draft with their first two picks.

I LOVE that they did!!!! Wish we'd have seen a little more of this over the past 6 years.

Cubs third rounder is Ezekiel Devoss
5' 10

Drafted by Boston in 2009 draft as a HSer

Freshman (2010)...
Played in 62 games with 60 starts in his rookie season... Ended the season eighth on the team in batting average, holding a .251 average... Held a .450 slugging percentage... Scored 49 runs on 53 hits with nine home runs, nine doubles and three triples... Pushed across 33 RBI on the campaign... Drew 27 walks while laying down a team-leading 11 sacrifice hits/bunts... Finished the year tied with classmate Stephen Perez for a team-best 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts... Registered 113 putouts and an assist from his position in the outfield, collecting a team fourth-highest .974 fielding percentage... Posted the walk-off game-winning three-RBI homerun (his only hit of the afternoon) in the third game of a series sweep of Rutgers (Feb. 21)... Opened his collegiate career with two hits, including a double, and scoring twice in a season-opening win over Rutgers (Feb. 19)...


Doesn't look too great...

Here's his stats from his SO year - much better than his Freshman campaign - 947 OPS


7 Zeke DeVoss...... .340 61-61 215 59 73 13 3 2 27 98 .456 57 11 30 2 .491 4 4 32-42 111 90 6 .971

Nice plate discipline and speed, if I am reading those numbers right, doesn't seem like a 4th round pick though (I've offiicially started adding a round after the first, since the supplmental round is so ridiculously long now).

Love that they took a leadoff athlete with some On base skills!

More on Zeke DeVoss from the Miami Herald:

Teammate Zeke DeVoss didn't go long after [Harold] Martinez. He was taken eight picks later by the Chicago Cubs, 98th overall and early in the third round. DeVoss, who led UM with a .340 batting average and the ACC with 32 stolen bases, was a little surprised he went so early.

"“I was actually at home [in Miami], laying in bed," DeVoss said. "I wasn’t really expecting it. I had the draft on my computer and heard my name. It is a tremendous blessing. To get drafted by such a great club like the Chicago Cubs, I’m really excited.”

DeVoss is only a sophomore, but because his 21st birthday on July 17 falls before the signing cut-off he was eligible for this year's draft. So will he also be leaving UM behind?

"The Cubs are going to be calling back in the next couple of days to discuss things," DeVoss said. "I don’t intend on having it be something that lasts all summer. I’ll decide in the next week or two. At this point, it’s really 50-50. I would like to sign, but I wouldn’t have any problem with coming back next year. This is a great place. It’s great to play under Coach Morris. To get a degree from UM, I’m sure anybody in the world would love to do that."

thought Vogelbach was a potential first rounder/supplemental pick?

so that sounds like a good deal?

Especially if you judge by the pound.

Nats finally took a chance on Matt Purke in 3rd round a few picks before Cubs

Josh Bell went to Pirates at beginning of second round, be a helluva draft if they get him signed.

Dwight Smith Jr. went in supplemental to Toronto at #53

Cards select Chuck McElroy's son, CJ McElroy. Wonder if he follows dad in terms of Run DMC/Spike Lee glasses.


Still no Onelki Garcia Speck... Whew!

Seems like he's not draft eligible.

MLB changed their mind last night and said he wasn't eligible for draft

RHP Tyler Zych out of Lousiville is the 4th round pick


Sounds like a poor man's Cashner... it will be interesting to see how quickly the Cubs admit he's a reliever.

Maybe an indication we would be willing to trade Marmol at the right price?

I think we should before that extension kicks in.

And to expound on that:

If we are indeed pairing payroll. Maybe see if we can use some of our bullpen assets to fill the corner infield voids?

Ian Stewart would be a nice little buy low target in Colorado?

Justin Smoak might be pried from Seattle? Especially if they stay in the race.

Maybe instead of Smoak we should ask for Felix Hernandez?

Doubt Smoak is held in that kind of regard? Figured a Marmol+Pena package could get it done?

He was the key piece in the Cliff Lee deal and is the best hitter on their team.

Maybe a three-way trade for Yadier Alonzo would make more sense.

he was the big piece in Cliff Lee deal, doubt they care to move him.

Hmm...so League and Justin Smoak, vs. Marmol and Carlos Pena.....

Would Seattle make that trade?

Doubt they would include League. No doubt they want to upgrade the bullpen for a playoff run though? Marmol would be a HUGE upgrade.

Pena is probably a more productive offensive player down the stretch as well.

Just depends on how much that regime wants to WIN NOW? Ichiro, King Felix and Erik Bedard aren't signed on out there forever? And that GM is surely feeling some pressure to win?

Just logically seems like a team that would maybe overpay for deadline pieces? Especially after spending heavy last year and ending up in last place.

True, but will they want to add that much payroll for the addition of Marmol, when they already have a closer who is cheap, who has been groomed for the position, and, except for a rough stretch May8-13, has done the job all year.

I'm just saying....I think that's an incredibly shortsighted move....

Marmol is signed for 7 next year and 10 in 2013. Pena would only be on the hook for a pro-rated 5 million bucks. Surely we could pass a few bucks to cover things this season?

Marmol would have trade value for them going forward.

pro-rated $5M and $5M due at beginning of next year for Pena.

Mariners don't need a closer, especially an expensive one.

maybe Aramis if he found his power or an outfielder who can hit HR's, but you know they're not taking Soriano's contract or bad defense.

I jsut don't see them giving up Smoak is all.....

no reason to, he's a cheap slugger who controls the strike zone.

Shame he left Arlington for Seattle for his numbers though

sorry..what I meant was having League closing, and Smoak at 1B, vs. Marmol closing and Pena at 1B.

We have Marmol closing and Pena at first and we suck.

Exactly...so why would Seattle want to give up Smoak in a deal for Pena/Marmol?

Hopefully they don't ruin his arm first by trying to convert him to starter. You'd think they'd learn a lesson from the Cashner debacle.

BA is listing him as 2nd basemen... I am assuming based on Phil's report that he got anounced as a pitcher?

BA's description of him is as a pitcher as well...I think the listing is incorrect. He played some IF as a freshman, but was drafted due to his performance as a relief pitcher this year.

5th rounder RHP Tayler Scott out of Notre Dame Prep in Arizona

originally from South Africa


...And drafted by the Cubs? Poor guy.

I think Babe Ruth is the most credible and direct comparison for Vogelbach - he should be up to Wrigley by September

You mean late October with the Yankees?

Sounds like he and Taylor Scott should switch seats at the training table.

like it...

Zambrano is going to kill him if he tries that in the big leagues... still, not as obnoxious as Pasqual Perez.

Just when you think they're starting to put together a nice draft... Gretzky, Trevor.

As followed by Taylor Dugas, another not so exciting prospect (particularly in a draft deep with pitching). He is a more patient but slower Tony Campana. From Baseball America:

Outfielder Taylor Dugas was a first-team All-American in 2010, and at 5-foot-7, 165 pounds, he's a better college player than pro prospect. Hitting is his best skill. He has an excellent approach, having drawn 100 walks the last two seasons, and he earns comparisons to former Tide outfielder Emeel Salem, who reached Triple-A last season in the Rays system. Dugas is a slighlty above-average runner but plays a good center field. He's a tough profile whose arm is just fair, and his lack of power and game-changing speed limits him long-term.

"He finished second on the team in hitting during the regular season, then led the team in SEC play with a .317 average. He had team-highs in home runs (5), triples (4) and doubles (19), giving him a club leading .540 slugging percentage. His 38 walks also led the team, helping him to a team-best .453 on-base percentage."

From the U of A website about his making 2nd team all SEC.

At least he sounds like a ball player, and the new bats didn't totally sap his power.

They made a deal to draft Trevor in exchange for Wayne singing the 7th inning stretch.

Cubs take Danny Lockhart, Keith Lockhart's son in the 10th round.

Sounds like a baseball nut and a serious hitter at his level:


we're in the, "hope they can become decent trading chips" range of the draft.

"Win with Wilkie" Wilken doesn't turn his magic drafting powers on til the 25th round.

Sounds interesting... prophetic draft prediction by his coach in there.

Going to be hard to sign him away from a school named after baseball's first commisioner.

Angel Guzman headed to Peoria

Aramis's agent posturing that Ramirez unlikely to waive his NTC


That's not going to be a problem.

Shawon Dunston Jr. drafted in 11th round, lefty hitting center fielder

"My dad taught me everything I know about baseball," Dunston Jr. said Tuesday. "He taught me how to apply it to life – how to push yourself every day and not let up because the competition keeps coming after you. My dad is definitely my role model. He made a living playing baseball for 18 years. That's just what I want to do."

I hope someone else taught him how to take a fucking pitch.


You know, the reason he hit like that was so that the Shawon-o-Meter could keep track of both his BA and his OBP simultaneously... he tried to match his walk totals to his number of sac flies.

Get this, in 2001, he really mashed the ball for the Giants (.511 slugging, .293 OBP)... guess which lineup slot he had the most at bats from on that Dusty led team.

I hope he has a rocket arm like his dad.

Saw Shawon and Jr. doing bp in ST back in 2005 on a side field.

I laughed and said "You(Sr) got him(Jr) hitting lefthanded!"

Shawon-"Everyone is accusing me of that, he's doing that on his own!"

Their headcoach is probably hating the Cubs right now.

Indeed. It sounds like a pain In the ass to put together a college baseball team. Too many moving parts.

Report on Dillon Maples sounds pretty promising, though there's a dispute on which hand he throws with... I assume AZ Phil has got a typo there.


And another one from his first game of the seaosn - interesting in that he was on a pitch count. The coaches never did that in my day. Mentions him throwing 96 last summer.


Maples looks like a steal (#46 rated player by BA) but I think signing him will be the most difficult part. Hopefully the Cubs pony up second round/late first round money to get him, because he appears to be our best pitcher in this draft.

So far, a very un-Cubs draft. Lots of high school and projectability, three catchers all having demonstrated with ok to good power and defense, speedy guys who take walks (Cubs scouts probably thought "These are good players if we can just get them to stop taking too many pitches!)

Other than Gretzky and Dugas (who I still am not sold on), this is a pretty exciting draft for the Cubs IMO.


It sure doesn't seem like the Cubs drafts of recent vintage? Seems like the best draft day draft since 2002.

maples plays in a really lax region/conference, imo.

his school doesn't play "real" competition for this area...4A school, but a lax region.

for reference...pinehurst's golf team is it's key team.

it's a school and region full of very rich kids with some very serious prescription pill abuse issues...not that this has anything to do with maples, though...i hope.

they got a hell of a pitching coach for a highschool team, though...james baldwin. remember him from the wsox and about 20 other teams? =p

btw, i would be surprised if he settled for anything close to slot money. he can go put his 3 years in at UNC and slot much higher, barring injury/etc.


checked up on his playoff stats vs. more legit state competition and he not only held his own, but dominated. that helps his case.

pinehurst used to be a baseball powerhouse with strong regional ties...now it's more of a lax region, but it's still a strong school with baseball.

their conference/region has suffered greatly from schools in their region scaling back their programs, changing to lower divisions, or eliminating baseball programs.

Submitted by The Real Neal on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 2:53pm.
Report on Dillon Maples sounds pretty promising, though there's a dispute on which hand he throws with... I assume AZ Phil has got a typo there.


TRN: It was a brain fart on my part. Dillon Maples is indeed a RHP.

It has been corrected, as have some other typos of less importance.

BTW, if you click on the names, something of interest should appear for just about every player (sometimes a video, sometimes other stuff).

if you care, I believe the crazy South African spells it Tayler Scott

Submitted by Rob G. on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 7:12pm.
if you care, I believe the crazy South African spells it Tayler Scott


ROB G: Thanks for catching that.

Anyone else surprised by all the High School picks?

High Ceiling hitters with On base pedigrees? Who's making these very un-Cub like picks today?

Submitted by Dr. aaron b on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 2:59pm.
Anyone else surprised by all the High School picks?

High Ceiling hitters with On base pedigrees? Who's making these very un-Cub like picks today?


DR AARON B: With the so-called "hard-slotting" a real possibility starting next season, this might be the last time to entice HS kids out of their college rides with over-slot bonuses.

It could very well be a mostly college draft next year.

Interesting 16th round pick, good defender, fast, good arm (though quesionable hitting, but its the 16th round, so can't be too greedy). Again from BA:

"Right fielder John Andreoli, whose dad has the same name and played in the NFL for one season with the New England Patriots, had a solid sophomore season but needed to reinvent himself with the less-lively bats this year. Andreoli, who is also Daniel Bard's cousin, improved throughout the spring, but scouts still question his bat, as he doesn't hit for much power. He's a plus runner timed in the 6.55-second range in the 60-yard dash, and he has a knack for bunting for a base hit. Andreoli is a good defender, and his arm strength is not that far behind Springer's."

17th round fwiw...

Oops...yes, 17th round

This seems like a classic Hendry/Wilken pick.

I'd rather go for a live arm than a hitter who can't hit any day of the week. Just my preference though.

ETA for Andreoli's conversion to pitching: 2014

tidbits from BA draft blog

Cubs: California HS 1B Trevor Gretzky. The son of the Great One was thought to be bound for San Diego State, but that might change after he got drafted this high. Power is his best tool, but the rest of his game needs a lot of work.

The Cubs went with Arizona prep righthander Tayler Scott, one of the most interesting stories in the draft. Scott moved to the United States from South Africa a few years ago and is also a standout soccer player. He's an above-average runner and has a fastball in the 90-93 mph range with a promising curveball. Scott is committed to Arizona.

129. Cubs: Louisville RHP Tony Zych. Works 94-97, touching 99. Some funk to his delivery makes fastball seem faster. Athletic 6-foot-3, 188 pounds. Slider needs consistency.

68. Cubs: Florida HS 1B Dan Vogelbach. Bat-only guy with some of the best power in the draft, hit a 508-foot homer at the Power Showcase in December. HS teammate of Twins sandwich pick Hudson Boyd.

apparently they just put everyone on the AA All-Star Team


12 Smokies named, some won't play of course

Clevenger, Lalli, Ridling, Spencer, Flaherty, Gonzalez, B. Jackson, LeMahieu, Carrillo, Dollis, Whitenack, McNutt

"apparently they just put everyone on the AA All-Star Team"

Except Vitters--but he was 2 for 3 tonight with a walk and is up to .274.

In the same game, Dallas Beeler threw six scoreless. He just jumped from Peoria to AA.

They all probably deserved it but mcnutt

Who is giving us this excellent draft coverage? Much appreciated.

That's Arizona Phil, our resident guru and TCR secret. And I also appreciate the nice work. Thanks Phil.

There's no secret. I see AZP referenced by other blogs the same day his posts come out

Good. Hopefully they send traffic to TCR and aren't reposting AZP's articles.

b.dewitt gets LF again today.

and e.volsquez (CIN) cut his dreds.

some Kevin Goldstein tweets...

says Dunston Jr. is pretty committed to going to Vanderbilt, Gretzky will be a tough sign as well, seemed very enthused about the Zych pick

...and nothing of value was lost.

time to load up a huge syringe of cubs baseball and get my junkie fix.

at this point it has to be some kind of addiction because there's little other reason to watch this team.


oh joy...and the reds feed is the only one available on EI...neat.




Gotta be his porn name?

He looks like a more athletic version of the fat ass they drafted in the 2nd round.

27th round guy Taiwan Easterling from Florida St. University was previously drafted by Marlins twice...in 6th round in 2007 and 31st round last year


now it's tony campananaanannanana's turn to go on the DL. =p

walked off the field on his own...slipped cartoon-style off the top of the bag at 1st running through it at top speed.

he's probably fine...seems fine...out of the game, though.

I'm surprised he stayed in the game, based on his reaction.

same...he was down long enough to force a delay and trainer attention on-field.

i haven't seen a slip like that since playing on wet fields in little league.

seeing as he's 2-3x times as big and 2x+ as fast as your average little leaguer it wasn't pretty.

They have to protect Campananana. If he hits the DL, they call up Zeke DeVoss.

Good way to end the 2nd day (from Baseball America)..."Righthander Arturo Maltos-Garcia was sailing along this season, going 11-1, 2.11 with 139 strikeouts (and 64 walks) over 94 innings. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range and he has the best curveball in the Four Corners, a true 12-to-6 hammer. But he walked off the mound in the juco playoffs with an arm injury, which probably squashed his draft chances. He'll likely head to New Mexico next season."

Sounds like a good pitcher who fell in the draft due to an injury. Would be a good sign in the 30th round, assuming the injury is not career threatening. Normally I wouldn't expect the Cubs to sign him, but this has been a somewhat un-Cub draft so maybe they will take a chance he can recover and be a mid to low end rotation starter.

64 walks in 94 IP in Juco ball?

stay injured.

I'd rather draft someone with control issues who can dominate (2.11 ERA, 13K/9IP) than someone who fooled people in college but has limited upside.

Assuming it's TJ surgery, which usually robs a guy of control when they come back it may be a long road for him... hopefully some of those walks were on curveballs that more advanced umpires will call for a strike.

AZ Phil,

On average, around what percentage of draft picks sign with their teams? 50%?

Submitted by Paul Noce on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 6:02pm.
AZ Phil,

On average, around what percentage of draft picks sign with their teams? 50%?


PAUL N: Usually about 90% of the top 10 picks (players selected in rounds 1-10) sign, about 80% of the next ten picks (11-20) sign, about 60% of the next ten (21-30) sign, about 50% of the next ten (31-40) sign, and about 20% of the bottom ten (41-50) sign, or typically about 30 out of the 50 picks (60%) sign.

Usually only about 10 of the players selected in the bottom half of the draft (rounds 26-50) will sign, while 20 out of the first 25 picks will likely sign.


Any ideas on the tough signings, other than the aforementioned Maples? I am assuming Easterling is a guy they give a two sport contract to, then try to woo if he shows more next year before the NFL draft.

Submitted by The Real Neal on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 6:29pm.

Any ideas on the tough signings, other than the aforementioned Maples? I am assuming Easterling is a guy they give a two sport contract to, then try to woo if he shows more next year before the NFL draft.


TRN: Usually the Area Scouts already have a pretty good idea about a player's intentions before a team will draft the player, but I would think Taylor Scott (possible two sport option at U. of A and a chance to get better), Shawon Dunston, Jr (Vanderbilt), Dillon Maples (UNC), Bradley Zimmer (chance to be with his brother at USF), and Michael Jensen (USC) would appear to be the tougher ones just because their college options are really good ones.

And Dan Vogelbach really seems like a misfit for any N. L. team, because there's a good chance that even if he makes it to the big leagues, it will be as a DH. He looks a lot like a LH version of Brian Dopirak (another Florida HS slugger) to me.

Thanks, sounds reasonable to me - especially with Dunston because he didn't really seem to get it done in HS.

Vogelbach looks to me like the love child of Ron Cey and Héctor Villanueva. Sounds like he wants to be a pro, though, so I bet they sign him, even if they do have to trade him to the AL... heck Billy Butler hasn't become a full time DH yet, so anything is possible.

So much for the Tim Wilken motto: "we take the best athlete"

Maybe Jim Hendry felt this is someone whom he'd enjoy eating with?

Wilken never said that.

Thanks. Higher than I thought for high school kids.

We'll hope for a good day tomorrow. Got Trey McNutt in round 32 and Nick Struck in round 39 in 2009

Dud Davis is soo slow between pitches, I thought I was watching time lapse photography baseball

Can we pleeze just move on and let Jay Jackson take his lumps in the majors...at least he will add some exciting offense, God knows they at least need his bat.

17th round pick John Andreoli (U. Conn) sounds exactly like the kind of guy the Cubs would want to turn into a pitcher.

What about that 6'5" outfielder who's brother pitches, Zimmer? Seems to have hit decently in high school, but that's awful tall for a every day player.

miguel cairo grand slam.


cubs only losing by 7...awesome.

Does 2012 look to be a good draft? The Cubs are looking strong to be picking in the top 3.

Of course, once they get Soriano back, it will be like making a mid-season trade that could make us even stronger contenders for the number 1 pick.

mark appel from stanford if i had to guess this early. mid-90s fastball + not too bad slider and changeup.

austin maddox (1st base) from florida...

...dunno crap about the highschool crop.

I like this post.

One thing to appreciate, the Cubs have perfected losing.

Horrible tag attempt by Hernandez allows DeWitt to score.

Thanks for all the draft insight. This may be, sadly, the most exciting day to check in on thecubreporter the way this season is going.

Wrong. The Hendry firing, the Quade firing, and the Zambrano and Ramirez trades will end up as the most exciting days on the board this year. All yet to come.

The day Grabow is dumped? Not so exciting. But inevitable. Ugh.

I can't believe anyone will trade for ARam. He has a $16 million option for 2012 that becomes guaranteed if traded. Even without that, he isn't hitting enough to even be in the starting lineup. If I were Quade I would bench him for a few days and see if it lights a fire under him.

I say bring up Marquis Smith and let ARam watch. In the postgame radio show, Sirott and Moreland said ARam was on a path for 60 RBI for the year. That's one ugly stat for the hitter in the 4 hole of the lineup and Pena's projections are nearly as ugly.
I threw a stone into the well and waited to hear a noise when it hit bottom.


especially ugly considering how decent the top of the order has been at getting on-base.

btw Barney 3/4, one ground out is with the bases loaded. There's the Cubs season encapsulated in one player.

UPDATE: ARam's agent and later ARam himself said he will veto any trade. He also hopes to stay with the Cubs post-2011.


Aramis, put down the crack pipe. Chances you return to Chicago? Well, what's less than 0 percent? Buh-bye.

Really not understanding the Aramis hate going around. I get that his production this year is subpar, but he is hitting the Magic Age of Decline, after all. I don't think the Cubs should bring him back unless it's at a bargain rate, and it'd be ideal if they could trade him for someone useful (I know, not happening); but unlike seemingly everybody else, it pains me to say that. 20.7 WAR as a Cub is not nothing, is it? (DLee 19.9, Soriano 6.8 [fart])

It's probably the extra 1.0 in WAR that he's lost by loafing that people don't like.

He does have a below-league-average LAR (Loafing Above Replacement), but his WAAAR (Walk-off Awesomeness Above Replacement) and LLABIWASAR (Looking Like A Badass In Wraparound Shades Above Replacement) are off the charts. He's also the all-time MLB leader in RRCAR (Receiving Reverse Chalupas Above Replacement). That has to count for something.

well done

What is a "Reverse Chalupa" for fucks sake?

A regurgitated one?

Cesar Izturis grabbed Aram's joint from behind during a dugout celebration.

I believer there is video also.

Oh, brother...

Makes me not only dislike Izturis more, but actually afraid of him.


Dud Davis, R Lopez and J Grabow.

Do we really need to see more of this? Enough is enough.

Bullpen plan F.

So we have Halliday,Lee, and Oswalt lined up for this weekend

0 and 5 so far looks like a perfect trip.

Look on the bright side... on Monday no more Hendry and Quade.

Christmas in June! It's Festivus for the rest-of-us!

fonsie's playing here sunday; johnson & baker coming in tomorrow night...gee, guess zombie was prophetic!

The BA draft issue had an article about the Rays and their surplus of high draft choices, pointing out that it didn't really guarantee anything. Most teams with a lot of high picks has botched it pretty badly, primariliy because they get cheap.

1991 Houston Astros draft:


One first, 3 supplementals and 3 seconds, 101 picks in total - two major leaguers (they didn't sign Burke), who amounted to positive WAR.

I like the Cubs 2002 draft too.....in the first 2 rounds they picked:
Bobby Brownlie
Luke Hagerty
Chadd Blasko
Matt Clanton
Brian Dopirak
Justin Jones

Major League at-bats? Zero.

Billy Petrick and Matt Craig made it 8 picks in the first 100.

At least Petrick got a taste.

A guy I work with lives next to Blassko now. Said he is a good neighbor, has a nice house. Doesn't really work but substitute teaches. I think he didn't blow all his bonus money and is living off interest

Houston got lucky with other picks, though. Including UTA ( Univ. Texas Arlington) 64th pick Hunter Pence, and Roy Oswalt out of Holmes Community College in Miss. - 23rd pick.

If I were to target the top three Cubs selections out of this draft so far, I would throw my money at:

1. Javier Baez
2. Tony Zych
3. Dillon Maples

And if they still say no, I'd make 'em an offer they can't refuse.

Michael Jensen has the look of a Trey McNutt/Nick Struck type of unproven JC pitcher with upside. I'd try and buy him out of his ride to USC. (Heck, the Cubs bought Struck out of a chance to pitch at the University of Hawaii!).

And I wouldn't be afraid to sign Arturo Maltos-Garcia, either, even if he has TJS. The Cubs drafted Dallas Beeler out of Oral Roberts U. in the 41st round of last year's draft when he was still rehabbing from TJS, and he just threw six shutout innings (with no walks) in his AA debut last night. (1.77 and 1.01 WHIP combined between Peoria and Tennessee so far this year, and he doesn't turn 22 until Sunday).


Indeed, listening to Jim Callis on the local radio.

He felt that Baez was the best HS bat in the draft, and will end up at 3B.

He LOVES Zych and, "...thinks he's a steal at a number 4 pick."

He also gave Wilken a grade over the last two years a "B", and the Sox guy, a "C".

They have the Cubs Farm system ranked 16th, and the Sox 26th.

Even after the trade, right now, Callis said the Cubs still have more "in the tank" than the Sox - FWIW.

Brad Snyder is in the lineup today.

Castro gets the day off, Barney at SS. DeWitt at 2b.


Update: Dempster might be hurt, might not start. Rodrigo Lopez also warming up.

dewitt hitting 3rd!?!

At one point during the game yesterday I noticed his slash stats were better than Barney's... too bad he still can't play 2nd.

Barney and Pena with wonderful 1 pitch weak groundouts in the first inning.

Dempster is on the mound to start the bottom of the first. No word yet on what his situation is. I hope it's just something like a flu-bug and not anything physical.

"I hope it's just something like a flu-bug and not anything physical."

I know what you meant but still: hahaha

Cubs have had a mental flu bug for a long time now.

Demp gets out of a 1 out, bases loaded jam in the first.

Arroyo throws an 86mph fastball down the middle of the plate and Pena jacks it about 3/4th of the way up the bleachers down the right field line. 2-1 Cubs. 443ft.

Next pitch:

ARam takes a 70mph breaking ball out of the park to LF. 342 ft.

3-1 Cubs, signs of life.

I'm really glad they got Austin Urban... I was hoping he'd fall to the Cubs.

Just kidding, of course... I've never heard of any of these douchebags.


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