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...
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!!!!!!