2012 Cubs Draft Ticker Tracker - Day Three
16th ROUND (494):
Michael Hamann, RHP
R/R, 6'3 170, 21 years old
U. of Toledo
COMMENT: College Junior... had season-ending shoulder surgery in 2011... went 3-5 with a 5.80 ERA for Rockets in 2012, but with a 2.12 ERA over last five starts... allowed 89 hits in 76 IP (14 GS), with 29/55 BB/K... was a mainstay of the Toledo starting rotation freshman & sophomore seasons... throws 90-93 MPH fastball that touches 95, but command and secondary stuff need work... projects as a reliever in pro ball... was a member of National Honor Society in HS... was selected by Cleveland Indians in 24th round of 2009 draft but did not sign...
17th ROUND (524):
Nathan Dorris, LHP
L/L, 6'3 185, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... attended Vanderbilt as a freshman, then transfered to Rends Lake CC, before ending up in Carbondale... a classic college baseball underachiever, he was a one-time hot-shot HS pitching prospect who has yet to realize his promise... offers a low-90's fastball and a curve that he can throw for strikes... 7-4 with a 4.17 ERA for SIU in 2012, allowing 97 hits (including six HR) in 82 IP, with 35/80 BB/K and 10 WP... was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 2009 draft but did not sign...
18th ROUND (554):
David Bote, SS
R/R, 5'11 170, 19 years old
Neosho County CC
COMMENT: JC Freshman... began his college career at Liberty University, then transferred to Neosho... hit 420/481/628 with 20 SB (1 CS) for NCCC in 2012, leading the Panthers to the JUCO World Series...
19th ROUND (584):
Damek Tomscha, 3B
R/R, 6'2 200, 20 years old
Iowa Western CC
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... one of the best power bats in JUCO ball... hit 446 with 15 HR and only 18 strikeouts for the Reivers in 2012, leading his team to the JUCO World Series... has a plus-arm and throws a mid-90's fastball, so he could be converted to pitcher or possibly to catcher if 3B does not work out... he was drafted previously by the Phillies (out of HS) and by the Marlins (after his freshman year at Iowa Western)... will transfer to Auburn if he does not sign with the Cubs... .
20th ROUND (614):
Blake Hickman, C
R/R, 6'5 210, 18 years old
Simeon Career Academy - Chicago, IL
COMMENT: Graduate of MLB RBI program... two way player (RHP/C) at Simeon... signed NLI with University of Iowa...
21st ROUND (644):
Steve Perakslis, RHP
R/R, 6'1 185, 21 years old
U. of Maine
COMMENT: College Junior... was Maine's #1 starter in 2012... best pitch is a 93 MPH sinker... pitch-to-contact ground ball machine went 5-5 with a 3.81 ERA for Black Bears in 2012, allowing 109 hits (but no HR) in 87.1 IP (15 games - 14 GS), with 19/48 BB/K...
22nd ROUND (674):
Eddie Orozco, RHP
R/R, 6'4 205, 23 years old
UC - Riverside
COMMENT: 5th Year College Senior... #1 starter at UCR... 5-7 with a 2.84 ERA, allowed 105 hits in 98.1 IP, with 23/106 BB/K for the Highlanders in 2012...
23rd ROUND (704):
Jake Drossner, LHP
R/L, 6'1 189, 18 years old
Council Rock North HS - Newton, PA
COMMENT: Fastball tops out at 90 but velocity likely to increase as he matures... can throw curve for strikes, change-up shows promise... Signed NLI with U. of Maryland...
24th ROUND (734):
Jameson Fisher, C
L/R, 6'2 175, 18 years old
Zachary HS - Zachary, LA
COMMENT: Louisiana Class 5-A All-State... hit .554 for ZHS in 2012... Signed NLI with Southeastern Louisiana...
25th ROUND (764):
Rhett Wiseman, CF
L/R, 5'11 187, 17 years old
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School - Cambridge, MA
COMMENT: Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year... First team Rawlings/Perfect Game All-American... Rated #42 HS prospect by ESPNHS... Hit .444 with 8 HR & 24 RBI for BB&N... Has above-average speed and below-average arm... Senior Class President... Signed NLI with Vanderbilt...
26th ROUND (794):
Jasvir Rakkar, RHP
R/R, 6'2 200, 21 years old
SUNY - Stony Brook
COMMENT: College Junior... 6-2 with 3.72 ERA for Sea Wolves in 2012, allowed 29 hits in 39 IP with 14/29 BB/K... was the primary set-up man, occasional closer, and emergency starter for Stony Brook... was a member of National Honor Society in Secondary School (that's what they call high school in Canada)...
27th ROUND (824):
Tyler Bremer, RHP
R/R, 6'2 225, 22 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... was selected by Cubs in 36th round of 2010 draft but did not sign... 7-1 with 3.08 ERA for Bears in 2012, allowed 44 hits in 49.2 IP, with 14/42 BB/K... was used as primary #3 starter and also out of bullpen for Baylor this season... attended UC-Davis and Yavapai JC prior to arriving in Waco...
28th ROUND (854):
Lance Rymel, C
R/R, 6'00 195, 22 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... transferred to RSU from Seminole State JC... Hit 318/421/465 with 3 HR & 40 RBI, 18 doubles, and 26% CS, in 65 games for the Hill Cats in 2012...
29th ROUND (884):
Austin Pentecost, RHP
R/R, 6'2 195, 22 years old
COMMENT: College Senior.... transferred to LCSC from Walla-Walla CC... hard to hit but control is an issue... 6-3 with a 2.82 ERA for the Warriors in 2012, with 59 hits allowed in 79.2 IP (.204 OppBA), and 41/71 BB/K...
30th ROUND (914):
Izaac Garsez, RF
L/L, 6'1 210, 22 years old
College of Idaho
COMMENT: College Senior... two time NAIA All-American and two-time NAIA West Player of the Year... hit 389/467/674 with 8 HR & 52 RBI, 20 doubles, 12 triples, and 29 SB (8 CS) for the Coyotes in 2012...
31st ROUND (944):
Bryan Bonnell, RHP
L/R, 6'5 190, 18 years old
Centennial HS - Las Vegas, NV
COMMENT: Class 4-A All-State First Team... two way player (RHP/1B)... .548, 4 HR, 35 RBIs as a hitter... 7-1, 1.92 ERA, 62 IP, 68 K on the mound... signed NLI with UNLV...
32nd ROUND (974):
Timothy Saunders, SS
R/R, 6'0 180, 22 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... led Marietta College to 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship... NCAA Division III All-American... hit 441/512/667 with 5 HR & 48 RBI, 19 doubles, and 7 triples, and 41 SB (6 CS) for the Pioneers in 2012...
33rd ROUND (1004):
Tom Pannone, OF
L/L, 6'1 185, 18 years old
Bishop Hendricken HS - Warwick, RI
COMMENT: two-way player (OF/LHP)... signed NLI with U. of Miami...
34th ROUND (1034):
Christian Botnick, RHP
R/R, 6'3 195, 17 years old
Notre Dame Catholic SS - Brampton, Ontario (Canada)
COMMENT: Member of Canadian Junior National Team... also pitched for Ontario Blue Jays club team...
35th ROUND (1064):
Ben Carhart, 3B
R/R, 5'8 180, 22 years old
COMMENT: College senior... hit 339/408/470 with 4 HR & 37 RBI, and 17 doubles, in 58 games for the Hatters in 2012...
36th ROUND (1094):
Sly Edwards, CF
R/R, 5'11 168, 18 years old
St. Brendan HS - Miami Lakes, FL
COMMENT: Hit .635 with 1 HR & 13 RBI for the Sabres in 2012... signed NLI with High Point U.
37th ROUND (1124):
Clayton Crum, RHP
R/R, 6'0 185, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... was selected by Cubs in 2010 draft but did not sign... was considered a top teenage pitching prospect at Klein HS in suburban Houston... underwent TJS in 2010... did not pitch in 2011... throws a 90-94 MPH fastball, a solid slider, and a decent change-up, but lacks command... went 7-4 with a 3.38 ERA for the Hawks in 2012, allowing 42 hits in 53.1 IP, and 34/57 BB/K... transferred to Howard JC after spending freshman season at U. of Texas after he de-committed from Ohio State... will transfer to U. of Oregon if he does not sign with Cubs...
38th ROUND (1154):
Hassan Evans, RHP
R/R, 6'3 200, 20 years old
Herkimer County CC
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... transferred to HCCC from SUNY - Binghamton... two-way player (OF/RHP) for the Generals in 2012, but played mostly in the outfield... throws mid-90's off mound but lacks command... will transfer to Delaware State if he does not sign with Cubs...
39th ROUND (1184):
Rustin Sveum, 3B
B/R, 6'0 175, 18 years old
Desert Mountain HS - Scottsdale, AZ
COMMENT: Son of Cubs manager Dale Sveum... two-way player (3B/RHP)... signed NLI with Dixie State...
40th ROUND (1214):
Jacob Rogers, 1B
L/R, 6'4 215, 22 years old
Mt. Olive College
COMMENT: College Senior.. was selected by Cubs in 2010 draft when he was at St Petersburg JC but he did not sign... also plays 3B and corner OF... tied for 6th in home runs in NCAA D-II in 2012... hit 392/527/716 with 17 HR & 60 RBI with 57/39 BB/K in 54 games (250+ PA) for Trojans in 2012, after hitting only four HR in 52 games in 2011.....
I was right here. I don't require my GM's to be perfect, but I would like them to understand what wins baseball games (IMO controlling the strike zone and creating/avoiding outs), and knowing where the organization is in the success cycle.
Theo and company have made and will make plenty of mistakes, but they seem to understand those two items pretty well.
Now we're all Theo-believers, where were you when he signed Edwin Jackson? Or how about trading away DJ Lemehaiu? And not signing Samardzija to an extension? Or not pursuing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols? Or signing Lester? Or trading away Cashner, Dempster, Feldman, etc?...I think I'm losing the narrative here.
So his deal runs through 2021? Which pretty much coincides when all these guys are due to hit free agency.
"Terms of the deal were not disclosed."
Theo inks five year extension
PC tonite at PNC
Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.
Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)
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For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.
[Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]
tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.