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...
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.
Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.
a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...
it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.
soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.
he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
9 pitches in and this game already rules.
HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).
...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.