2011 Cubs Tricker Tacker - Day 3
ROUND 31 (939): Ronnie Richardson, OF (U. of Central Florida)
B/R, 5'6, 170, 21 years old
COMMENT: Draft-eligible college sophomore... Considered a bit of an under-achiever... Was a member of USA Junior National Team in HS, and was selected out of HS by Twins in 11th round of 2009 draft but did not sign... Strong arm and a good defensive CF... Above-average speed... Hit 312/440/422, with 36/44 BB/K and 19 HBP, and 15 SB (5 CS) in 62 games (297 PA) for Golden Knights in 2011...
ROUND 32 (969): Pete Levitt, RHP (Mt. Olive College)
R/R, 6'5, 235, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Was selected by Cubs out of Pitt CC in 50th round of 2008 draft but did not sign... Helped lead Mt Olive to 2011 D-2 College World Series... Went 10-3 with 2.93 ERA, .236 Opp BA, allowing 89 Hits, 40/99 BB/K in 101.1 IP for Trojans in 2011...
ROUND 33 (999): Sheldon McDonald, LHP (U. of British Columbia)
L/L, 5'11, 205, 22 years old
COMMENT: 5th-year college senior... Was a member of Canadian Junior National Team as a teenager... Member of Team Canada at World University Games in 2008... Threw a no-hitter for Team Canada at Grand Forks Tournament in 2010... Transferred to University of British Columbia after spending freshman and sophomore years at Northeastern University in Boston...
ROUND 34 (1029): Bobby Kelley, OF (Calhoun CC)
R/R, 6'1, 180, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC freshman... Hit .400 with 9 HR & 42 RBI and 15 doubles in 39 games (135 AB) for WarHawks in 2011...
ROUND 35 (1059): Ian Dickson, RHP (Lafayette)
R/R, 6'5, 205, 20 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Did not pitch in 2011... Went 1-4 with a 7.00 ERA with 65 hits allowed and a .344 Opp BA, and 17/40 BB/K, in 45 IP for Leopards 2009-10... Had breakout season for Rockbridge Rapids in Valley League (collegiate summer league) in 2010, throwing a no-hitter in his final start last August...
ROUND 36 (1089): Trevor Garcia, IF-OF (Martin Methodist College)
R/R, 5'10, 190, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior... 2011 TranSouth Conference Player of the Year... NAIA Honorable Mention All-American... Versatile player who can play anywhere in the infield or outfield...
ROUND 37 (1119): Steven Maxwell, RHP (TCU)
R/R, 6'1, 190, 23 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Throws 91-93 MPH fastball that tops out at 94 and a solid slider... 5-1 with 3.13 ERA, 56 hits allowed, and 18/53 BB/K in 63 IP for Horned Frogs in 2011... Was Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year and 2nd Team Louisville Slugger All-American in 2010 when he went 11-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 34/93 BB/K in 103 IP... Was selected by Twins in 12th round of 2010 draft but did not sign... Had TJS earlier in his career and missed some time this season with biceps tendinitis...
ROUND 38 (1149): Casey Lucchese, RHP (College of Charleston)
R/R, 6'4, 200, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Was drafted by Cubs in 39th round of 2010 draft but did not sign... Throws a 92 MPH sinker and a slider... Was the Cougars closer in 2011... 3.95 ERA and .253 Opp BA, 39 hits allowed and 25/48 BB/K in 43 IP in 2011...
ROUND 39 (1179): Ricky Jacquez, RHP (Franklin HS - El Paso, TX)
R/R, 5'9, 160, 18 years old
COMMENT: Rated the #190 best prospect by Baseball America going into draft... Two way player (RHP/SS)... Throws a 92-94 MPH fastball that tops out at 97 and a "hammer" curve... Struck out 20 in a game in March... Went 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA, with 33 hits allowed and 20/127 BB/K in 66 IP... Signed NLI with University of Texas...
ROUND 40 (1209): P. J. Francescon, RHP (Trevecca Nazarene)
R/R, 6'1, 195, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Transferred to TNU after spending freshman and sophomore years at Middle Tennessee State... Went 6-2 with a 3.28 ERA for Trojans in 2011, struck out 66 in 68.2 IP, with six CG and two shutouts...
ROUND 41 (1239): Austin Urban, RHP (Des Moines Area CC)
R/R, 6'2, 195, 18 years old
COMMENT: JC freshman... Was selected by Orioles in 27th round of 2010 draft out of Richland HS (Johnstown, PA) but did not sign... Was set to attend Penn State but opted to enroll in a JC instead so that he would be eligible for selection again in 2011 Rule 4 Draft... Rated by Baseball America as the #1 prospect in Iowa coming into this year's draft... Led his team to the 2011 Division 2 JUCO World Series... Throws 90-92 MPH fastball that tops out at 94, a mid-80's slider, and a change-up... Has command issues...
ROUND 42 (1269): Brad Zapenas, SS (Boston College)
R/R, 6'3, 185, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Was Gatorade New Hampshire HS Player of the Year in 2008... Good defensive shortstop with a questionable bat... Career .279 hitter with 2 HR & 60 RBI, 28 doubles, two triples, and 13 SB in 160 games over three seasons at BC...
ROUND 43 (1299): Jay Calhoun, RHP (Second Baptist School - Houston, TX)
R/R, 6'2, 165, 18 years old
COMMENT: Son of former MLB LHRP Jeff Calhoun (pitched for Astros and Phillies in the 1980's)... Two-way player (RHP/2B)... Hit 398/480/756 and went 6-1 with a 1.61 ERA, allowing 43 hits and 28/127 BB/K in 74 IP for the Fighting Eagles in 2011... Signed NLI with Dallas Baptist University...
ROUND 44 (1329): Kenny Socorro, SS (Marshall)
R/R, 5'9, 175, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Was the leading hitter (batting average) for Thundering Herd in 2011... Hit 337/388/380, with 1 HR & 27 RBI, five doubles, 15/15 BB/K, and 5 SB (1 CS) in 51 games (211 PA)...
ROUND 45 (1359): Tanner Kichler, RHP (Sherwood HS - Sherwood, OR)
R/R, 6'5, 190, 18 years old
COMMENT: Threw a one-hitter last week to propel his HS team into Oregon Class 5-A state championship game... Signed NLI with St. Mary's College...
ROUND 46 (1389): Scott Weismann, RHP (Clemson)
R/R, 6'0, 190, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Best pitch is 93 MPH sinker... Was expected to be a Top 3 (weekend) starter in 2011, but was much more effective working out of bullpen as the Tigers closer where he limited opponents to a .128 BA... Overall went 3-5 with a 4.86 ERA, allowing 62 hits and 17/51 BB/K in 57 IP for Clemson in 2011...
ROUND 47 (1419): David Ernst, RHP (Fargo South HS - Fargo, ND)
R/R, 6'2, 200, 18 years old
COMMENT: Throws 85-88 MPH fastball but has touched 91... Threw a no-hitter in the North Dakota Class "A" State Championship game... Was 6-0 with an 0.68 ERA going into the championship game... Signed NLI with North Dakota State...
ROUND 48 (1449): Sam Howard, LHP (Cartersville HS - Cartersville, GA)
R/L, 6'3, 170, 18 years old
COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty throws a mid-80's fastball, a hard slider, and a plus-change-up... Excellent control... Signed NLI with Georgia Southern...
ROUND 49 (1479): Antonio Gonzales, LHP (Damien HS - LaVerne, CA)
L/L, 6'2, 185, 18 years old
COMMENT: Went 7-4 with a 2.18 ERA, .217 Opp BA, allowing 57 hits and 28/69 K in 70.2 IP for the Spartans in 2011... Signed NLI with UC-Riverside...
ROUND 50 (1509): Cody Edwards, RHP (Bellevue CC)
R/R, 6'4, 215, 21 years old
COMMENT: Throws an 88-91 MPH fastball that tops out at 93... Is presently playing RHP/OF for the Klamuth Falls Gems in the West Coast League (summer collegiate "wood bat" league)... Will transfer to Liberty University if he does not sign with Cubs...
(It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)
Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.
Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).
Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.
Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.
BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left.
K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A.
His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.
He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.
"KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?
Baez is looking like a pretty special player.
Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.
bored...looking at stats for the hell of it...
felix pena (26yo) moving to the pen in AAA is looking like an insanely good fit so far in a smallish sample size
13ip 4h 3bb 20K
remembering back to spring training he was regularly hitting mid-90s (though he didn't have a good spring stats-wise). as a starter in the minors he usually worked low-90s.
this could be an arm worth keeping an eye on even if he's only a 1-inning guy who was "demoted" to the pen to start the year.
Phil, historically this front office has been patient with their prep pitchers keeping their IP low and moving them one level at a time. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, and you may not be able to formulate an opinion on this, but you've seen a lot of pitchers over the years, so...
also, after tonight's loss, STL is 13-14.
also also, the wsox are 19-8.
Win tomorrow, and the Cubs would have a 6-game lead. On May 4.
Fully agree on Addy -- hope he is our SS for a long time. I'm just surprised he has 4 errors already -- the last 2 on routine plays.
Guess how many Carlos Correa has?
I would still rather have Russell, right now, than any shortstop the team has had in many years. The future is bright enough to wear shades.
EDIT: Gonzo WOULD have been my favorite, 'cepting a certain error of a double-play ball...