2012 Cubs Draft Ticker Tracker - Day Two
2nd ROUND (67):
Duane Underwood, RHP
R/R, 6'3 210, 17 years old
Pope HS - Marietta, GA
COMMENT: Outstanding all-around athlete... Two way player (RHP/OF) in HS... fast runner with plus-power at the plate... throws 91-94 MPH fastball that can touch 96-98, but has had command issues... change-up has been his best and most-reliable pitch... mediocre curve ball needs a lot of work... signed NLI with U. of Georgia...
SIGNING BONUS POOL #67 SLOT VALUE: $769,600
3rd ROUND (101):
Ryan McNeil, RHP
R/R, 6'3 215, 18 years old
Nipomo HS - Nipomo, CA
COMMENT: Two sport-star in HS... missed beginning of baseball season because he was on the Titans basketball team... raw talent who needs to refine his mechanics... throws 90-91 MPH two-seam fastball and has touched 93, but body & frame could mean increased velocity with physical maturity... inconsistent slider but very good when he throws it from correct arm slot... change-up is work-in-progress... -signed NLI with Long Beach State...
SIGNING BONUS POOL #101 SLOT VALUE: $471,900
4th ROUND (134):
Josh Conway, RHP
R/R, 6'1 175, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... had season-ending Tommy John Surgery last month... was Coastal Carolina's Friday Night Starter (#1 starter) prior to the TJS... features a mid 90's fastball & wipeout slider... change-up needs work... could develop into a closer eventually... was selected by Atlanta Braves in 2009 draft but did not sign...
SIGNING BONUS POOL #134 SLOT VALUE: $343,200
5th ROUND (164):
Anthony Prieto, LHP
L/L, 5'11 180, 18 years old
Americas HS - El Paso, TX
COMMENT: Diminutive lefty has only been playing baseball for two years... fastball was clocked in mid-90's earlier this season, but then he was shut-down with a forearm strain... will attend JUCO baseball power-house Howard JC if he does not sign with Cubs...
SIGNING BONUS POOL #164 SLOT VALUE: $257K
6th ROUND (194):
Trey Lang, RHP
R/R, 6'3 235, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... two-way player (OF/RHP)... attended Skyline HS in Mesa, AZ... slugging outfielder in HS... set numerous batting records at Skyline... transferred to Gateway CC in Phoenix after spending freshman year at Northern Illinois... still a big dude, but he has lost 25 pounds since returning home to Arizona from NIU... Two-pitch pitcher (mid-90's fastball and nasty slider)... college closer who also projects as a bullpen arm in pro ball... Will transfer to U. of New Mexico if he does not sign with Cubs...
SIGNING BONUS POOL #194 SLOT VALUE: $192,500
7th ROUND (224):
Stephen Bruno, 2B
R/R, 5'9 185, 21 years old
U. of Virginia
COMMENT: College junior... 5'9 might-mite packs a wallop... was Cavs clean-up hitter in 2012 while hitting 362/418/549... mashes fastballs... versatile defender... can also play 3B and SS in addition to 2B...
SIGNING BONUS POOL #224 SLOT VALUE: $148,600
8th ROUND (254):
Michael Heesch, LHP
R/L, 6'5 225, 22 years old
U. of South Carolina - Beaufort
COMMENT: College senior... Crystal Lake, IL native attended Prairie Ridge HS... transferred to USC - Beaufort after spending two years at University of Illinois - Chicago... was ace of UIC staff before transferring to USCB... the epitome of a rotation "workhorse," he led NAIA in Innings Pitched and was 5th in walks and 7th in strikeouts this past season... went 9-3 with a 2.21 ERA for Sand Sharks in 2012, with 96/118 BB/K in 122.1 IP...
SIGNING BONUS POOL #254 SLOT VALUE: $138,800
9th ROUND (284):
Chadd Krist, C
R/R, 5'11 200, 22 years old
U. of California
COMMENT: College senior... 2011 first-team All-PAC 10, but had subpar 2012 season... did hit 294/325/434 for Golden Bears in 2012 and led team in doubles... solid receiving skills but threw out only 15% of opposing base-stealers in 2012...
SIGNING BONUS POOL #284 SLOT VALUE: $129,600
10th ROUND (314):
Chad Martin, RHP
R/R, 6'7 240, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior... Split time betwen starting rotation and bullpen for Hoosiers in 2012... Went 2-3 with a 4.79 ERA, 80 hits allowed in 67.2 IP, with a 27/47 BB/K...
SIGNING BONUS POOL #314 SLOT VALUE: $125K
11th ROUND (344):
Rashad Crawford, OF
B/R, 6'3 185, 18 years old
Mundy's Mill HS - Clayton County, GA
COMMENT: Two-sport star (baseball & basketball)... 2012 Georgia 4-AAAA Player of the Year in baseball... switch-hitter & lead-off man for the Tiger baseball squad... played 3B and CF... hit .522 with 22 SB in 2012... signed NLI with Savannah State....
12th ROUND (374):
Justin Amlung, RHP
R/R, 6'1 180, 22 years old
U. of Louisville
COMMENT: College senior... ace of Cardinals starting staff in 2012, went 9-4 with a 2.31 ERA, with 83 hits allowed and a 26/125 BB/K in 109 IP... 2011 All-Big East... Cape Cod League All-Star Summer 2011... Selected by Cincinnati Reds in 2011 Draft but did not sign...
13th ROUND (404):
Bijan Rademacher, OF
L/L, 6'0 180, 20 years old
Orange Coast CC
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Two way player (LHP/OF)... hit 349/426/582 for the Pirates in 2012... also part-time closer... spent freshman year at Cal State - Fullerton... will transfer to Oral Roberts University if he does not sign with Cubs...
14th ROUND (434):
Corbin Hoffner, RHP
R/R, 6'5 235, 18 years old
St. Petersburg JC
COMMENT: JC Freshman... went 5-5 with a 2.52 ERA for the Titans in 2012, with 60 hits allowed in 71.1 IP, and 16/73 BB/K...
15th ROUND (464):
Carlos Escobar, C
R/R, 6'2 185, 21 years old
U. of Nevada
COMMENT: College Junior... solid receiving skills... hit 283/368/462 for Wolf Pack in 2012, and defensively had a 32% CS ... hit .345/.433/.533 with 7 HR & 16 doubles in Northwoods League (summer collegiate wood bat league) in 2011... was selected by Houston Astros in 2009 draft but did not sign... played in WAC Tournament at HoHoKam Park a couple of weeks ago...
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!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?
Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.
Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.
Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.
While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.