Guest Column: A Look at How the 2012 Cubs Draft is Going
It seemed a lot of you liked it when WISCGRAD did a brief rundown of the 2013 draft and how the draftees are doing so far, so WISCGRAD just went ahead and did the 2012 draft as well. What a guy...
|1||Albert Almora||OF||.321/.331/.464 between Arizona and Boise in 2012, .329/.376/.466 in 272 ABs for KC in 2013 before heading to DL. Will Play in the Arizona Fall League|
|CA||Pierce Johnson||RHP||Only 11 IP in 2012 after signing; now 11-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts for KC and Daytona|
|CA||Paul Blackburn||RHP||3.48 ERA in 20 IP for Arizona in 2012, 3.35 ERA in 43 IP for Boise in 2013|
|2||Duane Underwood||RHP||Only 8 IP in 2012 after signing; 4.56 ERA in 51 IP for Boise in 2013|
|3||Ryan McNeil||RHP||20 solid IP for Arizona in 2012 before requiring TJ surgery|
|4||Josh Conway||RHP||Recovered from TJ surgery in 2012, sufferred stress fracture to same elbow in Extended Spring Training 2013|
|5||Anthony Prieto||LHP||2.33 in 19 IP for Arizona in 2012; 4.29 ERA in 21 IP for Arizona in 2013|
|6||Trey Lang||RHP||Only 13 IP in 2012 after signing; 8.88 ERA in 24 IP for Arizaon and Boise in 2013|
|7||Stephen Bruno||3B||.361/.442/.496 in 252 ABs for Boise in 2012; .362/.436/.478 in 69 ABs for Daytona in 2013 but on DL most of season with recurring hamstring injury|
|8||Michael Heesch||LHP||2.45 ERA in 25 IP for Arizona and Boise in 2012; 3.78 ERA in 119 IP for KC in 2013|
|9||Chadd Krist||C||.274/.335/.433 line in 208 ABs for Boise and Peoria in 2012; .249/.361/.355 line in 291 ABs for KC and Daytona in 2013|
|10||Chad Martin||RHP||5.06 ERA in 16 IP for Arizona in 2012; now playing in the Frontier League|
|11||Rashad Crawford||OF||Only 30 ABs after signing in 2012; .208/.302/.277 line in 130 ABs for Arizona in 2013|
|12||Justin Amlung||RHP||4.00 ERA in 18 IP for Arizona/Boise in 2012; 3.95 ERA in 66 IP for KC in 2013|
|13||Bijan Rademacher||OF||.278/.320/.396 line in 187 ABs for Boise/Peoria in 2012; .287/.355/.381 line in 310 ABs for KC and Daytona in 2013|
|14||Corbin Hoffner||RHP||Only 12 IP in 2012 after signing; 1.55 ERA in 40 IP for Boise in 2013|
|15||Carlos Escobar||C||.234/.358/.390 line for Arizona/Boise in 2012; .233/.298/.373 line in 150 ABs for KC in 2013|
|16||Michael Hamann||RHP||Only 11 IP in 2012 after signing; 1.82 ERA in 24 IP for Boise and KC in 2013|
|17||Nathan Dorris||LHP||1.88 ERA in 24 IP for Arizona/Boise in 2012; 2.80 ERA in 61 IP for KC in 2013|
|18||David Bote||SS||.232/.349/.360 line for Arizona in 2012; .225/.329/.341 line for Daytona/KC/Boise in 2013|
|21||Stephen Perakslis||RHP||3.42 ERA in 26 IP for Arizona/Peoria in 2012; 2.95 ERA in 55 IP for KC in 2013|
|22||Eddie Orozco||RHP||1.88 ERA in 28 IP for Arizona/Boise in 2012; 4.88 ERA in 31 IP for KC/Boise in 2013|
|26||Jasvir Rakkar||RHP||Only 10 IP in 2012 after signing; 3.98 ERA in 31 IP for Boise in 2013|
|27||Tyler Bremer||RHP||5.71 ERA in 17 IP for Arizona/Boise in 2012; 2.25 ERA in 24 IP for Boise in 2013|
|28||Lance Rymel||C||.188/.246/.344 line for Boise in 2012; .260/.335/.329 line Boise in 2013|
|30||Izaac Garsez||OF||.246/.331/.410 line for Arizona/Boise in 2012; not playing in 2013|
|32||Tim Saunders||SS||.381/.431/.536 line in 194 ABs for Arizona/Peoria/Daytona in 2012; .226/.316/.321 line for Daytona in 2013|
|35||Ben Carhart||3B||.353/.419/.456 line for Arizona in 2012; .246/.297/.336 line for Daytona in 2013|
|40||Jacob Rogers||1B||.326/.462/.507 line for Arizona/Peoria in 2012; .284/.396/.419 line in 236 ABs for Boise in 2013|
Cubs @ Dodgers tonight...
AL pitcher hits a home run for a 1-0 lead. There goes perspective
Here are the ERAs for the last five starting pitchers:
At what point does the manager note it's not the "other pitcher"?
And why does he start Montero in the middle of a downturn?
Some perspective (mostly for my own benefit): Dan Straily beat MadBum 2-1 today as the Reds took 2 of 3 in SF. Giants are 2-9 since the break and their lead over LA is down to 2.5 games. So, yeah...baseball. It'll drive ya nuts.
McNutt / Archer didn't work out well for us.
The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.
Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres.
Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.
Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.
He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.
When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.
I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.
Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.
The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.
Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup