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...
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.
101 wins...most since 1910 (104).
neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.
Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?
Sean Rodriguez's helmet looks like it's taking a dump
Grimm not doing himself any favors lately re: making the playoff squad. Seems to have lost the feel for his curveball.
j.grimm is literally worse than hitler.
felix pena, your turn.