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...
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.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.
101 wins...most since 1910 (104).
neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.
Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?
Sean Rodriguez's helmet looks like it's taking a dump
Grimm not doing himself any favors lately re: making the playoff squad. Seems to have lost the feel for his curveball.
j.grimm is literally worse than hitler.
felix pena, your turn.