2016 Cubs MLB First-Year Player Draft Ticker Tracker

DAY ONE:

1st ROUND
- NONE (Cubs signed post-2015 Article XX-B Qualified Player - RHP John Lackey 

2nd ROUND - NONE (Cubs signed post-2015 Article XX-B Qualified Player - OF Jason Heyward


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DAY TWO

3rd ROUND (104): 
Thomas Hatch, RHP 
R/R, 6'1 200, Age 21  
Oklahoma State
COLLEGE JR (REDSHIRT SOPH)
COMMENT: 2016 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year... threw three consecutive CG shutouts at one point in 2016... 7-2 with a 2.16 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and .234 OppBA, 94 hits (including two HR) allowed and 28/102 BB/K in 112.1 IP (16 G - 16 GS) for the Cowboys in 2016... missed all of 2015 season with sprained elbow UCL that did not require TJS... throws from 3/4 arm slot... 91-94 MPH sinking fastball and plus-slider generate lots of ground balls... change-up is his third pitch... Under Armour All-American in HS in both junior & senior years... was rated the #1 HS pitching prospect in Oklahoma as a HS senior by ESPN... was selected by Colorado Rockies in 32nd round of 2013 draft out of HS but did not sign due to strong college commitment...  
2016 SIGNING BONUS POOL #104 SLOT VALUE: $573,900

4th ROUND (134): 
Tyson Miller, RHP 
R/R, 6'4 195, Age 20 
California Baptist  
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT: Gained national attention and "buzz" among scouts after posting 2-1 record with a 1.44 ERA and 0.88 WHIP, 16 hits allowed and 6/29 BB/K in 25 IP (5 G - 4 GS) for Brewster Whitecaps in Cape Cod League (top collegiate "wood bat" summer league) in 2015, earning him pre-season PacWest Pitcher of the Year status... 9-3 with a 2.27 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and .232 OppBA, 89 hits (including four HR) allowed and 23/92 BB/K in 107.0 IP (16 G - 15 CG) for the Lancers in 2016... has outstanding control... 91-93 MPH sinking fastball and hard slider produce weak contact ground balls... change-up is a work-in-progress...  
2016 SIGNING BONUS POOL #134 SLOT VALUE: $429,700

5th ROUND (164):
Bailey Clark, RHP 
R/R, 6'4 220, Age 21 
Duke 
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT: Was projected as a possible 1st round pick coming into 2016 season... allowed just three runs in his first three starts in 2016 touching 98-99 MPH with his fastball, but lack of command landed him in Blue Devils bullpen after ten starts... 4-4 with a 5.61 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and .291 OppBA, 68 hits (including five HR) with 26/64 BB/K and nine WP in 59.1 IP (15 G - 10 GS) for Duke in 2016... max-effort delivery leads to projection as reliever in pro ball with mid-upper 90's fastball and mid-80's slider... 3-0 with 0.56 ERA and 0.94 WHIP, 10 hits allowed with 5/11 BB/K in 16 IP for Wareham in Cape Cod League in 2015... also pitched for Team USA in 2015... is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (National High School Mathematics Honor Society)... 
2016 SIGNING BONUS POOL #164 SLOT VALUE: $321,800

6th ROUND
 (194): 
Chad Hockin, RHP 
R/R, 6'2 210, Age 21 
Cal State - Fullerton
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT: Grandson of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew... college closer... 97 MPH fastball and upper 80's slider... missed a couple of weeks during the 2016 season with a tender elbow... 1.05 ERA and 0.86 WHIP, 15 hits allowed (2 HR) with 7/23 BB/K in 25.2 IP (20 games) for Titans in 2016... 2.08 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, 6 hits allowed with 4/13 BB/K in 8.2 IP for Yarmouth in Cape Cod League in 2015... two-way player (3B-RHP) in HS...  brother Grant was 2nd round pick of Cleveland Indians in 2014...
2016 SIGNING BONUS POOL #194 SLOT VALUE: $241,000

7th ROUND (224): 
Michael Cruz, C
L/R, 511 210, Age 20
Bethune-Cookman
COLLEGE JR
COMMENT: A DH who can catch... hit 325/461/605 with 16 HR & 41 RBI with 38/25 BB/K in 56 games (258 PA) for Wildcats in 2016... 23% CS and 7 PB behind the plate... was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week in March after he hit five HR and drew seven walks... attended Clarendon CC prior to transfering to BCU, where he was named a second team NJCAA All-American as a DH after hitting 10 HR with 45 RBI in 2015... played C-1B-OF in HS at Puerto Rico Baseball Academy...    
2016 SIGNING BONUS POOL #224 SLOT VALUE: $186,000

8th ROUND (254): 
Stephen Ridings, RHP
R/R, 6'8 220, Age 20
Haverford  
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT: Has command issues.... 6-3 with a 2.62 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and .163 OppBA, 37 hits allowed (3 HR) with 37/87 BB/K, 10 HBP, and 13 WP in 65 IP with two CG (including one CG shutout) for the Fords in 2016... 
2016 SIGNING BONUS POOL #254 SLOT VALUE: $173,800

9th ROUND (284): 
Duncan Robinson, RHP 
R/R, 6'6 200, Age 22 
Dartmouth
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Has impeccable control, with 7/73 BB/K in 68.2 IP for Big Green in 2016... overall 4-6 with 3.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and .264 OppBA... was Senior Class President and captain of his football, basketball, and baseball teams as a HS senior in Houston...   
2016 SIGNING BONUS POOL #263 SLOT VALUE: $162,300

10th ROUND (314): 
Dakota Mekkes, RHP 
R/R, 6'7 250, Age 21 
Michigan State
COLLEGE JR (REDSHIRT SOPH)
COMMENT: All Big Ten First-team closer... led NCAA D-1 with 14.6 K/9... allowed just 26 hits (no HR) with 92 K in 57 IP, but also walked 41... throws a 90-93 MPH fastball, a slider, and a change-up... not overpowering, but pitches from a low arm-slot with a deceptive delivery that keeps hitters off-balance...  
2016 SIGNING BONUS POOL #293 SLOT VALUE: $156,600

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DAY THREE  

11th ROUND (344): 
Michael Rucker, RHP 
R/R, 6'1 185, Age 22 
BYU 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: 11-1 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and .215 OppBA, with one CG, 80 hits allowed, and 31/94 BB/K and 11 WP in 102.1 IP as Cougars Friday night starter in 2016... was BYUs closer before being moved to starting rotation last season... transferred to BYU from Georgia after 2013 season... throws 90-93 MPH fastball that touches 95, a curve, a slider, and a change-up, but secondary stuff is below average... profiles as a reliever in pro ball...   

12th ROUND (374):
Trey Cobb, RHP
R/R, 6'1 190, Age 21
Oklahoma State
COLLEGE JR
COMMENT: Teammate of Cubs 3rd round pick Thomas Hatch... 4-7 with 3.34 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and .266 OppBA, 74 hits allowed and 28/91 BB/K in 20 games (12 GS) and 72.2 IP for Cowboys in 2016... right-handed "swing-man" (#3 starter and back-up closer) throws low-90's two-seam fastball with sink and a plus-slider.. change-up is below average... profiles as a reliever in pro ball...  

13th ROUND (404):
Wyatt Short, LHP
L/L, 5'8 180, Age 21
Mississippi
COLLEGE JR
COMMENT: Bulldogs closer... racked-up 21 saves and 22/75 BB/K in 79.1 IP in last two seasons at Ole Miss... diminutive southpaw throws 88-90 MPH fastball with run & sink, a change-up, and a curve, and he throws all three pitches for strikes...   

14th ROUND (434):
Parker Dunshee, RHP
R/R, 6'1 205, Age 21
Wake Forest
COLLEGE JR
COMMENT: Combined 18-9 with 2.89 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, 191 hits allowed (13 HR) with 84/208 BB/K in 61 games (19 GS) in three seasons at Wake... was moved from closer to starting rotation in 2016, and became Demon Deacons Friday Night starter.... Cape Cod League All-Star in 2015, posting 3-2 record with 2.16 ERA and 0.93 WHIP , allowing 23 hits (one HR) and 8/27 BB/K in 33.1 IP for Chatham...    

15th ROUND (464):
Jed Carter, RHP
R/R, 6'0 190, Age 21
Auburn U. - Montgomery  
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT: Warhawks closer... 1.85 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and .176 OppBA , 21 hits allowed and 12/53 BB/K in 34 IP in 2016... transferred to AUM in 2015 after spending freshman and sophomore years at Lurlene Wallace JC... 

16th ROUND: (494):
Holden Cammack, RHP 
R/R, 6'0 195, Age 22
Oral Roberts
COLLEGE JR  
COMMENT: College closer... 2.32 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, 15 hits allowed (two HR) and 17/40 BB/K in 31 IP for Eagles in 2016... UnderArmour All American as a catcher in HS... spent first two seasons of college career as a catcher at Blinn JC.. NJCAA Academic All-American at Blinn... transferred to Coastal Carolna after 2013 season... suffered torn elbow UCL and underwent TJS in 2014 and then missed 2015 season... was converted to RHP after transferring to Oral Roberts... 

17th ROUND (524):
Zack Short, SS 
R/R, 5'10 175 
Sacred Heart
COLLEGE JR  
COMMENT: Power-hitting shortstop hit combined 290/398/446 with 15 HR & 99 RBI and 36 doubles in 171 games (733 PA) in three seasons at Sacred Heart... was considered a possible future top 10 round pick after outstanding sophomore season, but he hit just 182/283/280 with 38 K in 41 games (157 PA) with Chatham in Cape Cod League (top "wood bat" summer collegiate league) in 2015 and then slumped to a 241/352/399 slash-line in junior season at Sacred Heart in 2016...      

18th ROUND (574):
Marc Huberman, LHP
L/L, 6'2 190, Age 22 
USC 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Lefty reliever and part-time closer, features three-pitch mix (fastball, curve, and change-up), and racks up strikeouts but also struggles to throw strikes... combined 3.20 ERA and 1.52 WHIP, 95 hits allowed (only two HR) and 84/122 with 19 WP in 118 IP over four seasons at USC...  

19th ROUND (604):
Matt Swarmer, RHP
R/R, 6'5 175, Age 21 
Kutztown  
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and .233 OppBA, one CG, 51 hits allowed (only one HR) and 23/85 BB/K in 58.1 IP (10 GS) for the Golden Bears in 2016... 

20th ROUND (634):
Colton Freeman, LHP 
L/L, 6'1 210, Age 22 
Alabama 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: First-name is Garrett but he goes by "Colton"... two-way player (LHP/OF)... only threw 16 IP in 15 games out of the bullpen in four years at Bama, with a 3.38 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, seven hits allowed and 12/27 BB/K... 

21st ROUND (664):
Sam Tidaback, C 
R/R, 6'0 210, Age 22  
North Georgia 
COLLEGE SR 
COLLEGE: Hit 341/417/569 with 11 HR & 53 RBI and 20/26 BB/K in 52 games (242 PA) for Nighthawks in 2016.. 19% CS and 7 PB behind the plate... transferred to North Georgia from Ball State after his sophomore year... has hit 25 HR in four seasons (185 career college games) between BSU & North Georgia...  

22nd ROUND (694):
Dante Biasi, LHP
L/L, 6'0 185, Age 18 
Hazleton Area HS (Hazle Township, PA)   
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Penn State 
COMMENT: Missed 2016 season with torn elbow UCL... underwent TJS last month... two-way player (LHP/OF) in HS... pre-2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American...  brother Sal is a RHP at Penn State... 

23rd ROUND (724): 
Delvin Zinn, SS 
R/R, 5'10 170, Age 19
Itawamba JC
JC FR 
COMMENT: Has a plus-arm and is considered an above-average defender at SS... has above-average speed... was drafted by Cubs in 28th round of 2015 draft but did not sign, instead opting to attend Mississippi State... transferred to Itawamba JC from MSU in December... hit 411/464/457 for the Indians in 2016... was star PG on his HS basketball team... pre-2015 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American...    

24th ROUND (754):
Reynaldo Rivera, 1B-OF 
L/R, 6'6 250, Age 18 
Chipola JC 
JC FR
COMMENT: Hit 397/479/647 with 10 HR & 67 RBI, 12 doubles, and 29/51 BB/K in 217 PA in 2016... hails from from Puerto Rico... has plus-power and a plus arm... runs well for a big man... played mostly 1B at Chipola but also profiles as a corner OF... will transfer to South Alabama if he does not sign with Cubs...  

25th ROUND (784)
Trent Giambrone, 2B
R/R, 5'9 175, Age 22 
Delta State  
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Hit .386 with 9 HR & 52 RBI, 21 doubles, and 11 SB (5 CS) in 256 PA for Statesmen in 2016... only made three errors in 283 chances at 2B...  was selected by Dodgers in 30th round of 2012 draft out of HS but did not sign... Spent first two years of college career at Jones JC in Mississippi before transferring to DSU...

26th ROUND (814):
Austin Jones, RHP 
R/R, 6'1 195, Age 21 
UW-Whitewater
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT: College closer... 4.97 ERA and .235 OppBA, 12 hits allowed and 7/16 BB/K in 12.2 IP (10 games) for the Warhawks in 2016...  

27th ROUND (844):
Connor Myers, OF
R/R, 5'11 170, Age 22 
Old Dominion
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Outstanding defensive CF... hit 310/379/472 with 6 HR & 42 RBI, 17 doubles, and 19 SB (7 CS) in 56 games for the Monarchs in 2016... 

28th ROUND (874):
Rian Bassett, RHP 
R/R, 6'5 210, Age 21 
Clark CC 
JC SOPH 

29th ROUND (904):
Tyler Peyton, RHP
R/R, 6'3 200, Age 22  
Iowa
COLLEGE SR  
COMMENT: Was arrested and charged with DUI last week in Iowa City... selected by Reds in 33rd round of 2015 draft but did not sign... 4-5 with 4.24 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and .230 OppBA, 58 hits allowed (6 HR) and 19/47 BB/K, in 68 IP for Hawkeyes in 2016... throws 88-92 MPH fastball, breaking ball, and change-up... two-way player (RHP/1B)... hit 335/419/458 with 6 HR & 85 RBI, 37 doubles, and 81/89 BB/K in 144 games (639 PA) over the course of three seasons at Iowa... 

30th ROUND (934): 
Montana Parsons, RHP 
R/R, 6'3 185, Age 21 
San Jacinto North JC 
JC SOPH 
COMMENT: 5-5 with 2.38 ERA, and .232 OppBA, one CG shutout, 49 hits allowed (3 HR) and 20/74 BB/K in 64.1 IP and 14 G (13 GS) in 2016.... transferred to San Jac from Texas State after 2015 season... will transfer to Baylor if he does not sign with Cubs...

31st ROUND (964):
Brenden Heiss, RHP 
R/R, 6'1 190, Age 18 
Jacobs HS (Algonquin, IL) 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Arkansas 
COMMENT: HS power pitcher with 90-93 MPH fastball that touhes 95 and a hard breaking ball, but he has difficulty commanding his stuff... 

32nd ROUND (994):
Zach Davis, OF
R/R, 5'10 170, Age 21 
Texas Tech  
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Aggressive baserunner and base-stealer... a "small ball" singles-hitter with virtually no XBH power... hit combined 276/382/321 with 29/48 BB/K and 30 SB (3 CS), no HR, no triples, and ten doubles, in 267 PA (161 games) in four-year college career.... 

33rd ROUND (1024):
Nathan Sweeney, RHP 
R/R, 6'4 185, Age 18 
Cherry Creek HS (Greenwood Village, CO) 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Arizona  
COMMENT: Two-way player (SS/RHP) in HS... 

34th ROUND (1054):
Davis Daniel, RHP 
R/R, 6'1 180, Age 18 
St. James School (Montgomery, AL) 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Auburn 
COMMENT: Threw two consecutive no-hitters in 2016... features a 93-94 MPH fastball, a plus-curve, and a seldom-used chenge-up... 

35th ROUND (1084):
Ryan Kreidler, 3B
R/R, 6'2 175, Age 18
Davis Senior HS (Davis, CA)
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: UCLA 
COMMENT: Plus-arm and hit tool, but is a slow runner and has not yet shown HR power... 

36th ROUND (1114):
Jake Slaughter, SS
R/R, 6'3 200, Age 19
Ouachita Christian HS (Monroe, LA)
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: LSU 
COMMENT: Has a plus arm, is a slow runner, and he has HR power-potential... 

37th ROUND (1144): 
Davis Moore, RHP
R/R, 6'4 190, Age 18 
Los Osos HS (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)  
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Fresno State 
COMMENT: Two-way player (OF/RHP)... 

38th ROUND (1174):
Tolly Filotei, OF
L/R, 5'7 160, Age 20 
Faulkner State CC  
JC SOPH  
COMMENT: Hit 268/373/338 with 7 SB (3 CS) in 2016... 

39th ROUND (1204):
A. J. Block, LHP
L/L, 6'5 190, Age 18 
Newport HS (Bellevue, WA) 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Washington State 

40th ROUND (1234): 
D. J. Roberts, RHP
R/R, 6'2 218, Age 17
Atlantic Coast HS (Jacksonville, FL)
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: South Florida 
COMMENT: Has torn labrum... featured low 90's fastball that touched 95 and a decent curve and change-up and was projected to be selected in one of the top three rounds prior to the shoulder injury... 

Pierce Johnson Completes Rehab at Sloan Park

Roberto Caro belted a two-run triple in the first and doubled and scored in the fourth and Robert Garcia doubled twice, walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run for the Cubs, and Yan Sanchez hammered a game-tying two-out RBI triple in the 8th for the Diamondbacks, as the two teams played to a 4-4 tie at Sloan Park, and Jazz Chisholm laced a two-run triple and an RBI single and Gerard Hernandez drilled an RBI triple and an RBI single. leading the D'backs to an 8-4 victory over the Cubs on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning in Mesa, AZ.     

Wladmiir Galindo ripped an RBI double and a single in a losing cause for the Cubs on Field #1. 

The game at Sloan Park was called by mutual agreement after 8-1/2 innings of play.  

RHSP Pierce Johnson (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL with a lat strain) completed his EXST rehab, throwing five innings (72 pitches - 74% strikes) in the game at Sloan Park. Johnson allowed two runs on six hits (two doubles and four singles), struck out six, did not issue any walks (although he did hit a batter), and he retired the last seven men he faced in dominating fashion (K, K, K, 4-3, K, K, F-7). So he's ready to return to the Iowa Cubs, and his next start will very likely be this coming Sunday versus Round Rock in Des Moines or next Monday at Colorado Springs.    

LHSP Bryan Hudson started the game for the Cubs on Field #1 and had another poor outing, surrendering six runs on seven hits (five singles and two triples) and three walks in four innings of work. Coupled with his last start versus the Angels in Tempe last week, Hudson has allowed 13 hits and seven walks in his last 6.0 IP.  

RHSP Oscar de la Cruz (out of action since Minor League Camp with a right elbow injury) threw an early-morning bullpen side-session, but it was cut-short after only about a half-dozen pitches.

RHRP Jordan Brink (post-2015 right shoulder surgery) did complete his bullpen side-session (he threw at the same time as de la Cruz), and it went well, so he should be returning to game action soon (probably with the AZL Cubs).  

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only), followed :by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster: 

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  • so...

    anyone else ready for the all-star break? =p

    it's been a tough past couple weeks...except that reds series. i miss playing the reds. that was cool.

    crunch 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • To take my mind of this latest disaster...wow, I thought baseball money was crazy, but NBA money is now super-wacko crazy. Joakim Noah is 31 with bad knees and absolutely no offensive game. He can't make a layup. The Knicks just agreed to pay him $72M over 4 years. Holy crap.

    billybucks 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • "if"?

    billybucks 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • Thank you, Jason, for allowing me to get to bed at a decent hour. Very thoughtful.

    It will be very interesting to see what Theo does at the deadline. Of course, if Jake doesn't get straightened out, it really doesn't matter. A lot of Jake's comments this year, and his posing for nudie pics in the ESPN magazine, rang some alarm bells -- after one great year (and it was amazingly great), his head has swelled tremendously. Jake, look up the word "hubris", then look in the mirror.

    billybucks 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • ...and we're back from the 3rd rain delay.

    crunch 2 hours 29 min ago view
  • at least the cubs have a decent backup of...ummmm....well the minor league system has...uhhh...hmmm.

    maybe adam warren can manage to throw less than 100 pitches in 5 innings? no?

    well damn.

    crunch 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • Not to worry -- I'm sure Hammel will finish strong in the 2nd half of the season (~sad chuckle, reaches for Scotch bottle~).

    billybucks 2 hours 43 min ago view
  • Hammel has had a rather challenging last month. I am hoping post-break that Hendrix gets pushed ahead of him. They'll be lucky to win a game in NY

    The E-Man 3 hours 2 min ago view
  • hey, alright...cubs losing by 9 and a 3rd rain delay. awesome.

    crunch 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • If baseball does not work out for Patton, I think he's got a future in Civil War re-enactments. He's got a solid Johnny-Reb look to him.

    Eric S 3 hours 16 min ago view
  • David Ross - the mound awaits you.

    Eric S 3 hours 24 min ago view
  • RIP jason hammel's awesome ERA.

    10 ER in 4ip...almost a full point tacked on tonight, alone. 5HR given up tonight. oogly.

    crunch 3 hours 27 min ago view
  • Nimmo certainly does not want to see the Cubs leave town. His first MLB rbi last night and now his first HR.

    At least Hammel is eating some innings ... this is the kind of game Peralta should be used if at all.

    Eric S 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • OK, the hell with it.

    It's July 1 -- Hammel starting to suck right on schedule.

    Other than sweeping the Reds -- a bad team actively trying to lose -- this will make 8 losses in 9 games to good teams (Cards, Marlins, Mets). Not good at all.

    billybucks 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • Belicheat a consultant for the Red Sox?

    Eric S 4 hours 34 sec ago view
  • And, so, Jason Hammel decides to test my new resolution right away. Sheesh.

    No Wright, no Duda, no Granderson -- no problem for NY. Ugh.

    billybucks 4 hours 6 min ago view