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 ...

Recent comments

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  • I think with Hammels and Hendricks struggles the 2nd half we forget how dominate of 1st halves they had and how many games they won us as the offense was struggling. We also forget they are back of the rotation guys and we can't be expecting ace quality there.

  • Maybe it's just Werth & Ross I'm noticing. Weird.

  • CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.   

  • Hendricks after 50 MLB starts: 17-11, 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP. Not bad for a #5 starter. He may be a 6-inning max guy, but, if he can keep those stats up, I will gladly take it.

    Speaking of WHIP -- last year, he was tied for 11th in the NL. Tied with Hammel.
    Last year's NL rank in WHIP: Arrietta 2nd, Lester 9th, Haren 10th, Hammel T11th, Hendricks T11th. Wow.

  • I went to a Nats game in DC two years ago while looking at colleges with my son -- it's a fun park, worth a visit if you are in the area.

    I also saw the "slowness" thing -- particularly Werth, who would mosey out of RF about 5 seconds before the inning started.

    Weird.

  • It's Dusty's fault. It'll be the end of them.

  • Speaking of how teams "look", my take on the Nats- It's really weird, but the pace of the entire team seems slow. Slow walking to the plate, slow on the mound, even on some routine groundouts, it looked as if there wasn't a ton of hustle. Don't get me wrong, when the ball is hit to their outfielders, they get after the ball, I'm really referring to non-critical action- they mosey around. It's kind of odd. Maybe that "calm power" is part of the Nats ethos, idk.

  • My favorite moment of Hendricks' performance last night was the last strikeout he rung up- the cajones it took to throw a high, 86MPH fastball to Zimmerman on a 0-2 count. And he swung the bat like it was a 96MPH heater. I literally laughed out loud.

  • In listening to Maddon's post-game, he is interested in how these other teams "look" to him. He is assessing for today...and tomorrow. I love this guy.

    One observation from last night: Joe Ross is incredibly slow. 20-30 seconds between pitches at times. Hendrix had a nice, peppy rhythm which is great to see.

    I know there are plenty of purists here which I applaud, but the game just will not sustain itself unless change of pace rules come into play. Pitch clock, improve the shit-ass reviews, mound visits (there is a clock for this), batter time outs, etc.

  • Thanks, Phil. Albertos at 17, and having gotten a good signing bonus ($1.5, even though as Mexican prospect I think his team gets half of that?), throwing in the 90's and showing some command of a curveball sounds pretty interesting, even if that control is only for a dozen-pitch sample.

    What kind of a frame does he have? Is he on the stocky and short-ish side (I'm recalling Fernando Valenzuela!), or somewhat taller? A lot of 17-year olds have projection, "when he fills out" projection. Would that apply at all for Albertos?

  • A-Team

  • Ha

  • I definitely hang around here looking to reply to your comments as noticed by my nearly year long absence.

    there's a fine line between posting something relevant, useful or at least humorous versus posting something irrelevant, useless or unfunny...actually it's rather quite a thick line and easy to see for most people not named crunch.

  • I certainly am digging the RISP machine Zobrist version.

  • Cubs are taking advantage of bad D by their opponents -- did it a few times in PIT and the Nats botched 2-out rundown leads to 3 Cub runs in the 8th. Which were nice to have.

    I hope Kyle had fun at the dance party -- he was terrific.