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.



"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.


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.


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.


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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  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.