Happy Draft Day!

The first round of the MLB draft happens today. It will last at least twice as long as necessary. Good news for us Cubs fans is they have the #6 pick, so we can get the first pick over quickly. I believe they do go through the supplemental round though today and that's two more picks (#43 and #56) for the Cubs at the end of the evening.

The buzz for the Cubs centers around the 2 high school position players, Carlos Correa ("He's another A-Rod!!!) and Albert Almora ("the Cubs would take him even if they had the #1 pick"). Huzzah! The latest mock drafts from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus both had the Cubs taking Almora for what it's worth.

Other names loosely linked to the Cubs are Florida catcher Mike Zunino and LH prep pitcher Max Fried.

You can watch the fun on MLB.com.

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"Good news for us Cubs fans is they have the #6 pick, so we can get this over with quickly."

no doubt.

well, that wrapped up a little quicker than i thought. bud selig makes a less-than-2-minute speech. neat.

this might happen in 30-45 minutes. everyone's on the clock for 5 minutes and i'm sure most (if not all) will stretch it out as long as possible for no other reason than "making TV."

I forgot about the supplemental picks. At least we'll have someone to obsess over while we wait.

not Correa, just went to Astros #1

fwiw, Goldstein says he's a better prospect than Javier Baez for those wondering...

there's not much of an issue about correa actually sticking at SS unless he has another growth spurt in store

Buxton stays at #2

Appel not gonna get the money he wanted.

that was a very odd "interview."

Mariners take M. Zunino

Jeff Clement retrospectives being filed.

One of Zimmer, Appel and Gausman will be there for the Cubs...have to think they would select them over a hitter.

Or, perhaps not.

K. Gausman to Orioles at #4.

Appel must be thrilled with Boras right now.

"@TrippingOlney: IT SEEMS AS IF THE APPEL IS FALLING FAR FROM THE TREE”"

appel, zimmer, or almora...

i think appel's a bit overrated, but it'd be hard to argue with getting him in the system...esp with a 6 pick.

it is if he's still demanding $6 Million

this club just gave $7m to a nearly useless lefty who throws high 80s. i'm sure they could swing it.

there's no tax or risk of losing draft picks for that though.

Keep up.

one guy has skills. the other has a very expensive "cheap" price tag with very suspect stuff coming out of his arm.

The concern with Appel is that he doesn't dominate despite his stuff, though. There may be a reason people are backing off other than the price tag.

are you high right now?

If Appel is still demanding $6-$7M, it's possible the Cubs would have to pay a luxury tax and lose a draft pick and/or not have money for some draft picks they wanted later.

That would be very, very dumb.

None of this has anything to do with Concepcion.

are you high?

gerado concepcion is a waste of money and a roster spot even if it's somehow "cheap" to give him $7m.

whether they give a guy $5m or $8m in the 1st round it probably wouldnt make/break the team.

clever comeback

"None of this has anything to do with Concepcion."

you heard about the new CBA right?

anyway, I'm done with you, there was a reason I've been skipping over your comments the last 4 months.

yeah, it's about spending money.

yeah, i think they got the loot to pay a guy.

yeah, i dont think giving one guy $6-8m is going to screw up anything vs giving someone $5m.

Bonuses are paid in one year, Concepcion's is paid over 5 years.

By your logic, Concepcion is being paid what DeRosa was paid.

Math is hard.

Also the new CBA, look it up.

not really.

you seem to support flushing money down the toilet as long as it's on a reasonable payment plan.

i think anyone who would do something like giving g.concepcion the deal he got would get whoever the hell they wanted no matter what.

it's moot anyway.

Is Appel worth giving up a first round pick next year as well? Because his purported demands and what it'll take to sign the Cubs next 10 picks this year would cause that to happen.

if appell thinks the system is going to get better in 2013, more power to him.

So then you're suggesting that the Cubs take a guy knowing there's a greater than average risk of him not signing?

i have no reason to believe he wouldn't sign...and his stock is about as high as it's going to be.

"i have no reason to believe he wouldn't sign"

He's obviously dropping for a reason.

cuz he's gonna cost a lot of money.

even if he goes 10th he'll get paid like he went 1st.

And the marginal pain is going to shoot up since a teams overall budget decreases the later they pick.

yup.

doesn't necessarily make it a bad thing, especially if you have a good plan for going cheap later.

some teams are more than willing to look deeper for a deal in following rounds if they can get the guy they want or fall to them.

if everyone had to go cheap no one would draft appell...and what happens in this system when the next bryce harper shows up?

Kyle Zimmer to Royals at #5.

Cubs on the clock.

Keith Law says it's Almora.

and Callis says it's Almora to Cubs and Fried to Padres.

Almora it is.

Welcome new Cubbie!

Don't suck.

See everyone in 2 hours for the next Cubs picks.

~sigh~

lil carlos beltran...or lil ryan braun if you think he'll gain bulk...woo.

He does have a Lou Montanez about him...weak draft, safe pick, etc. But he is a great defensive outfielder and has decent speed, so he does have that as a fallback if he doesn't hit in pro ball.

The Cubs draft Almora.

I would have drafted that blonde in the blue dress (for those watching on mlb channel)

As Harry Caray would spell

Aromla better not stink.

Appel went 8th, so he's in the division (Pirates)

Interesting possible stellar top three for the Bucs with Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, two previous high Pirate picks.

Rizzo rbi single in first, scores BJax who had walked.

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  • Phil, your knowledge of the Cubs Minor League system is unbelievable.

    Hagsag 1 min 20 sec ago view
  • This kid would be a key piece in a trade for a pitcher, imo.

    The E-Man 4 min 34 sec ago view
  • 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.

    johann 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • 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.   

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • 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

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • 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.)

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 23 min ago view
  • 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.  

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 29 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • 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!

    Old and Blue 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 4 hours 44 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 7 hours 32 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    crunch 8 hours 45 min ago view
  • Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?

    He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.

    My guess? Toronto.

    tim815 9 hours 8 min ago view
  • PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.

    The E-Man 9 hours 13 min ago view
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 13 hours 13 min ago view