39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus two players are on 60-day DL
25 players on ACTIVE LIST (roster is full), plus 14 players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* James Russell
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
# Arismendy Alcantara
# Emilio Bonifacio
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Chris Coghlan
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
60-DAY DL: 2
Kyuji Fujikawa, P
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
* Brett Jackson, OF
* Ryan Kalish, OF
Mile Olt, INF
Neil Ramirez, P
* Zac Rosscup, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Jorge Soler, OF
Dan Straily, P
Matt Szczur, OF
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
* Logan Watkins, INF
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 7/24/14
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick.
Here's a couple of videos sent to me the last few days. The first comes from Rich at Home Run Derby, who emailed me this video of Kosuke Fukudome versus Josh Beckett circa 1997. Maybe we'll see a repeat in October...
The second video is courtesy of one of our readers who wishes to remain nameless. It's a clip of Jim Hendry down in the Dominican Republic watching Felix Pie hit a home run. A rather priceless reaction by Hendry; good to see he's still a fan of the game even though it's his everyday job.
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I would be a bit reticent to sign a rotation starter like Edwin Jackson, though.
Now that's lowering one's line of fire.
How many rotation starters are there like Edwin Jackson? I thought he was statistically the bottom of the barrel. I recall some Trevor Cahill for EJax discussion. Whoa is that ugly.
Here is a list of 106 starters from Yahoo. EJax didn't even make this list.
While Starlin Castro can certainly play SS, he is a better 2B. Ryne Sandberg and Franklin Font worked extensively with Castro at post-2008 Instructs at Fitch Park (Field #5) and both said at the time that Castro's best position is 2B... not that he can't play SS (he can), just that his best position is 2B.
Good points all VaPhil! I'd point out that Alcantara had a lot more success in AAA than Patterson did.
Still can't believe how they rushed him through..seemed like Patterson could've used a full season at AAA.
I agree with you about the unprecedented depth of the talent pool today, but let's not forget that Wilken also drafted Donaldson, Cashner, Samardzija, Baez and Vogelbach, while Fleita's side of the house signed Castro and Alcantara.
E-MAN: It looks like C. J. Edwards has put on some weight, but he's still tall & lanky and probably always will be. I really don't think being Satchel Paige or Oil Can Boyd Redux would necessarily be the worst thing. Some of the best Marathon runners in the world have that body type, and they don't have stamina issues. I'm more concerned about the shoulder inflamation, but it looks like that problem has been resolved (at least for now).
HAGSAG: Gleyber Torres is a better pure hitter and has better hands & footwork at SS. Carlos Penalver is faster and a bit more polished. Torres definitely has the higher upside. In fact, I would rate Torres among the Cubs Top 10 Prospects right now (probably #10, right behind Schwarber and Vogelbach).
It's hard to believe that Torres just turned 17 in December.