Cubs 2014 Draft - Day 3

I've got the draft signing block in the left sidebar up already with the Zagunis signing in there. Otherwise the final day has begun and I will be updating very sporadically.

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11th Round Pick #319 - Jordan Brink, RHP from Fresno State - Junior

There have been some interesting pitching prospects in recent Drafts who came late to full-time pitching, including first-rounders Braden Shipley in 2013 and Kyle Zimmer in 2012. While Brink isn't quite that high-profile, he has the chance to do well now that he's focused only on the mound. An outfielder for his first two years at Fresno State, Brink split time between playing that position and pitching as a sophomore then turned to pitching full-time in 2014. He's athletic, if a bit undersized, with the makings of two plus pitches in his fastball and spike curveball, which looks like a hard slider at times. He's working on developing his changeup. The jury is still out on whether Brink can start long-term -- sometimes a bias against undersized right-handers -- or he'll end up in the bullpen. Either way, his arm looks like it has a shot to pitch at the highest level.

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12th Round Pick #349 - Tanner Griggs, RHP from Angelina College (TX) - J2

Had to look up Tanner Griggs. Can touch 95mph, sits 90-92 and adds a solid slider, decent CH, control issues. Could be bullpen.

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13th Round Pick #379 - Kevonte Mitchell, 3B from Kennett HS (MO)

#Cubs take 3B Kevonte Mitchell. Super raw, but thunder in the bat, lean frame that aces the eye test. Very quick hands.

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14th Round Pick #409 - Chesny Young, 2B from Mercer University (GA) - Junior

Wow. Young in 204 AB this season, walked 28 times, struck out just 14. Not much speed or power, though.

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15th Round Pick #439 - Jeremy Null, RHP from Western Carolina (NC) - Junior

listed at 6'8", 230 pounds on his school website, MLB has 6'7", 225 pounds

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16th Round Pick #469 - Jason Vosler, SS from Northeastern University (MA) - Junior

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17th Round Pick #499 - Michael Knighton, RHP from Central Alabama CC - J2

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18th Round Pick #529 - Austyn Willis, RHP from Barstow HS (CA)

from same high school as Toronto prospect Aaron Sanchez, committed to UC Santa Barbara

Willis is a tall kid - 6'6" - committed to UC-Santa Barbara. Not a ton of velocity, but "good tilt" and good slider:

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19th Round Pick #559 - Brad Marky, RHP from Virginia Tech - Senior

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20th Round Pick #589 - John Tomasovich, SS from Charleston Southern Univeristy - Senior

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21st Round Pick #619 - Charles White, OF from Maryland Univeristy - Junior

Hope someone tells him during the game. Made a defensive gem to bail out Stinnett in the first today in the super regional.

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22nd Round Pick #649 - Joey Martarano 3B from Boise State Univeristy - Freshman

Joey Martarano was a huge name last year and some had him as a possible top 2 RD guy early on. Big kid, can hit the snot out of a baseball.

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23rd Round Pick #679 - Isiah Gilliam OF from Parkview HS (GA)

Just a few months ago, Gilliam was classified as a junior and a member of the 2015 Draft class. But because he began high school in 2010 and his eligibility is set to expire, he was able to move up his graduation to 2014 and become eligible for this year's Draft. The change left scouts scrambling to see him late this spring. Gilliam is a switch-hitter and uses his quick, compact swing to generate good bat speed. He produces solid power and drives balls well from both sides of the plate. Gilliam plays mostly first base now, but he is athletic enough to play in an outfield corner, despite his below-average speed.

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24th Round Pick #709 - Daniel Spingola CF from Georgia Tech - Junior

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25th Round Pick #739 - Tyler Pearson C from Texas State Univeristy - Senior

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26th Round Pick #769 - Zach Hedges RHP from Azuza Pacific University - Junior

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27th Round Pick #799 - Calvin Graves CF from Franklin Pierce University - Senior

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28th  Round Pick #829 -Jacon Niggemeyer RHP from Olentangy Liberty HS (OH)

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29th Round Pick #859 - Gianni Zayas RHP rom Seminole State (FL) - J2

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30th Round Pick #889 - Michael Cantu C from Foy H. Moody HS (TX) - Freshman

The position-player crop in Texas is exceptionally thin in 2014, from the colleges down through the high schools. The Lone State State may not have a hitter taken in the top three rounds for the first time since 1981. The best candidate is Cantu, who offers intriguing power potential and raw arm strength. Cantu can put on a batting-practice show that rivals anyone's in this year's high school class, though his long all-or-nothing swing leads to swings and misses in game action. He has a strong arm, but he often records fringy pop times because his footwork and transfer are slow. Scouts love Cantu's makeup and leadership skills, which were also on display when he quarterbacked the Moody football team, coached by his father Mike. While he has two captivating tools, there are enough questions about his bat and his agility that he may not get drafted high enough to lure him away from a commitment to Texas.

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31st Round Pick #919 - Brad Deppermann RHP from East Lake HS (FL)

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32nd Round Pick #949 - Andrew Ely 2B from University of Washington - Junior

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33rd Round Pick #979 - Brad Bass RHP from Lincoln-Way Central HS (IL)

Scouts were excited about Bass' projectability and gave him a chance to pitch his way into the top three rounds this spring. He hasn't lived up to those hopes, however, as he played basketball during the winter and wasn't in peak baseball shape when the spring began. It's still easy to dream on Bass, but whether he'll go high enough in the Draft to be lured away from a Notre Dame scholarship remains to be seen. He's lean and athletic, with plenty of room to add strength in the future. He'll show a 91-mph fastball early in games, though his velocity tapers off to the mid-80s in later innings. Bass' slider has the potential to become an out pitch. It has some bite and reaches the low 80s at times, and he commands it well. His changeup needs a lot of work, and some scouts aren't enamored of his delivery.

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34th Round Pick #1009 - Steven Kane RHP from Cypress College (CA) - J3

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35th Round Pick #1039 - Jordan Minch LHP from Purdue - Sophomore

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36th Round Pick #1069 - DJ Peters OF from Glendora HS (TCA)

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37th Round Pick #1099 - Riley Adams C from Canyon Crest Academy (CA)

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38th Round Pick #1129 - Daniel Wasinger C from Eastlake HS (TX)

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39th Round Pick #1159 - David Petrino C from Central Arizona (AZ) - J2

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40th Round Pick #1189 - Diamond Johnson CF from Hillsborough HS (FL)

Comments

moving it up here, but Stinnett 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K so far vs. Virginia

They're throwing Nathan Kirby, a LHP that is potential 1-1 pick next year, looks bad so far

4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Stinnett makes it through 6 with the lead, gives up 3 runs. Didn't see a fastball go over 90, but it had some movement...good command on his breaking ball though.

we get reports that he's a low/mid-90s pitcher and he doesn't throw anything over 90 a few days after being drafted.

i wonder wtf is up with that. i've never heard of him til he was drafted, myself.

21st rounder pick Charles White is 2/4 so far today in the super regional

Kendry Morales signs with Twins

boni hits hit 1st cub HR...2r homer...cubs take a 2-1 lead in the bottom 3rd.

bryant HR #20.

Okay, fine, let him play in the Southern League All-Star Game in a few days, but sweet sleepin' Jesus, then move this young man to Iowa and let him get on with his career.

AA pitchers can't wait for him to be AAA pitchers' problem.

regardless of how unimpressed I was by Stinnett's stuff, he held what's considered a really good Virginia offense at bay, so there's that.

22nd Round Pick #649 - Joey Martarano 3B from Boise State Univeristy - Freshman

The guy's a LB on the Boise State football team. They don't have a baseball team. Phillies drafted him in the 13th rd. last year as a tough sign. Sounds like he's interested in signing this year as a two sport guy.

I'm trying to figure out if our manager is vindictive, incompetent, or mentally ill. I promise you it's one or more of the above. Even in a winning streak his moron-ity shines through.

I don't think I'm going to run out and get me a Jacon Niggemeyer jersey. What an unfortunate name.

Wow!!!! No kidding!

Thank God Harry is dead

Haha oh my ... Truer words ...

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  • Jake Arrieta gives up first inning run

    For the first time in a year, 33 starts.

    /nervous
    //not really

    jacos 48 min 10 sec ago view
  • Old news, sorry if it's 3/44-

    J-Hey being classy by repaying an old teammate:
    http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/chicago-cubs-ja...

    Ryno 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • Sigh.

    Ok... maybe.

    Ryno 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • With Paredes moving to 3B, how do you see playing time shaking out between him and Galindo? Do you think Galindo gets starts at 1B? Galindo is more of a prospect than Paniagua, right?

    bradsbeard 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • Phil, your knowledge of the Cubs Minor League system is unbelievable.

    Hagsag 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • This kid would be a key piece in a trade for a pitcher, imo.

    The E-Man 2 hours 40 sec ago view
  • This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.

    johann 3 hours 21 min ago view
  • CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now. 

    LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.  

    RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.   

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 29 min ago view
  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 19 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 25 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 4 hours 54 min ago view
  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 5 hours 48 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 6 hours 40 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 9 hours 28 min ago view