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...
Yeah, Underwood impresses the internet scouts more than the opposing hitters. Blackburn and Williams have pitched well but they would be more interesting if they missed more bats.
Myrtle Beach has a couple of guys--Trevor Clifton and Jake Stinnett--worth keeping an eye on.
South Bend has the best record in the Midwest League but it's more about their bats than their starting pitching.
Thanks Steve, I always forget about that.
Maddon spins the wheel-o-lineups and Bryant is playing 1B.
The line-ups, by the way, appear in the Twitter box on the left and usually very soon after they are made available.
Looks like no Heyward or Rizzo in the lineup today.
HAGSAG: Kevonte Mitchell has shown some improvement in 2016. He takes a lot of walks, shows occasional power, and he's an athletic defender capable of making the big play in the OF.
However, he strikes out way too much, he doesn't always take the most-direct-route to get to balls hit into the air, and he sometimes runs himself into outs on the bases. He is still very raw.
E-MAN: I don't think Dallas Beeler has a long-term future with the Cubs, but (when healthy) he has gotten the call over the past couple of years as the "26th man" when the Cubs needed an extra starter in a doubleheader.
PHIL: Thanks for the wrap. A 2010 early-ish round Hendry draft pick, why do you surmise the new management team just doesn't cut bait on Beeler? Not shown that much as a starter. Does he have a power arm when right? Is he another Schlitter? Or, is he rosyer filler while the org waits out the lower-level arms to surpass him?
Ryan Kellogg is still a fringy prospect despite being very old for low-A. He's putting up very good numbers no matter who he's facihg.
Great article on Yosh and Nobe. Thanks for including it Trans.
Phil, it looks like Kevonte Mitchell has made some progress this Spring. Your thoughts please, thanks.
so far ryan williams (AAA) is the only system prospect on the "could be ready soon" horizon doing well...that said, he's not very exciting and he's assumed to be an end-rotation talent at best.
paul blackburn is getting great early returns in AA, but he's getting surprisingly low K numbers doing it. he throws lot of low/sinking stuff with good control...also assumed to be an end-rotation guy, but he's got room to be better, especially given his control as base to build on.
Speaking of pitching -- another ugly outing for Underwood at AA. Through 6 starts: 5.19 ERA, WHIP 1.69. Yikes!
Man, do we need starting pitching depth. Our best hopes are still hanging with AZ Phil in Arizona. Very scary.
jeebus... that's terrible.
*clap* *clap* *clap*
Thanks AZ. If you like him, I like him.
Awesome report, and good to see Beeler on his way back.
I'm also very happy to hear about the bi-level bump for Daniel Lewis. In the Name of Theo, he was the Last of the Full-Season Cuts, and There Will Be Blood for those who unnecessarily slow his development. Sure, he might end up in independent ball pitching for Lincoln. But if everything breaks right, he may even have a shot at joining up with the Gangs of Chicago. I wouldn't bet My Left Foot on it, though.