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...
BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).
TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.
TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.
Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.
Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.
Think Baby Maddux.
Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.
Kyle is on the far left.
I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.
Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.
That was good!
Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.
My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.
Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.
Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.
How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?
Call me lost.
Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.
I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:
Carl Crawford $20MM
Brandon McCarthy $17MM
Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
Darwin B $2.2MM
Dan Haren $10MM
Matt Kemp $18MM
Brian Wilson $10MM
Ryan Webb $2.2MM
Dee Gordon $2.5MM
So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.
And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):
i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.
there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.
I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.