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...
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.
It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.
I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.
I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.
This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:
Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!
Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.
Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.
Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.
Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.
Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.
Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.
He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.
He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.
Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing.
Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.
That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible
I was hearing some talk that John Mallee is trying to change Heyward's swing. Wonder if that is lending itself to the slow start.
at least it wasn't a "nobody showed up" stomping.
anytime you wanna jumpstart your season would be nice, heyward.