ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN DECEMBER 2014 RULE 5 DRAFT Gilberto Abreu, RHP Gioskar Amaya, INF John Andreoli, OF Delbis Arcila, OF Jeffrey Baez, OF Frank Batista, RHP Zach Cates, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP Pin-Chieh Chen, OF Gerardo Concepcion, LHP Willson Contreras, C Blake Cooper, RHP Wes Darvill, INF Taylor Davis, C Alberto Diaz, LHP C. J. Edwards, RHP Kevin Encarnacion, OF P. J. Francescon, RHP Victor Garcia, LHP Dustin Geiger, INF Anthony Giansanti, OF Jae-Hoon Ha, OF Marco Hernandez, INF Michael Jensen, RHP Austin Kirk, LHP Matt Loosen, RHP Jeff Lorick, LHP Barret Loux, RHP Dillon Maples, RHP Andrew McKirahan, LHP Trey McNutt, RHP Alberto Mineo, C Yoanner Negrin, RHP Carlos Penalver, INF Felix Pena, RHP Ivan Pineyro, RHP Austin Reed, RHP Tayler Scott, RHP Rock Shoulders, 1B Rubi Silva, OF Brian Smith, LHP Elliot Soto, INF Antonio Valerio, C Yao-Lin Wang, RHP Ben Wells, RHP Tony Zych, RHP
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 9/13/14 - 14 games left for Cubs.
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. The teams with the 10 worst records have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.
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.
My single favorite thing about the 2014 Cubs was management's decision to bring him up and get his awkward adjustment phase out of the way this year damn the arbitration clock. It shows me that they are in fact serious about competing next year.
I thought he'd been walking more lately. He's been taking a lot of strikes, too. I really don't mind seeing Baez take called third strikes. I think he's studying. Could still be a very scary dude at the plate.
I think whether Valbuena stays or goes depends on whether or not Olt stays. If Olt stays, Valbuena stays, so that Cpt Happy can sit Olt in favor of Valbuena whenever possible. If Olt goes, then Valbuena will be packaged with him in the trade. That's just one scenario, of course.
Alcantara cf Baez ss Coghlan lf Valbuena 3b Valaika 2b Olt 1b Szczur rf Baker c Turner p
coghlan - valbuena - valaika as a 3/4/5...wow.
also, fwiw...i dont see valbuena surviving the offseason without getting traded and i get the feeling valaika is being groomed for a valbuena-like role, only as a super-sub bench type rather than a starter.