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 Eric Jokisch, LHP Austin Kirk, LHP Matt Loosen, RHP Rafael Lopez, C 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 8/28/14 - 29 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.
In his chat the other day, Bruce Levine seemed to indicate Marlon Byrd is as good as gone suggesting it's just a matter of time before the Cubs sign Coco Crisp or trade for a center fielder from the Blue Jays. The Nationals presumambly have some interest. I'd say upgrading from Byrd to Crisp would be a goofball move, but let's see if it actually happens.
Yes, it is and in the long run will prove beneficial for both owner and city. But they came into a situation with an old neglected stadium that can not be modernized without approval from the state, city and neighbors even though owner is using their money. Tell me where else outside North Korea and Cuba does that situation exist.
The farm system was in shambles, minimal scout system, and bloated underachieving major league team. But yeah they should have signed Prince Fielder and this would have been all better.
Former Cubs Player Development Director Oneri Fleita used to yell at Cubs minor leaguers from the Tower at Fitch Park (with a few choice "f-bombs" thrown in), but I don't recall ever hearing a scout yell at a player from the stands. In fact, scouts are usually exceptionally quiet and unassuming.
Perhaps the cross-checker enjoyed a libation or three prior to the game.
i have little to no issue with what theo/jed have done, but as far as the "fans, wait until we build our core" thing goes (and the 3 years of tanking to do it) that's done as far as i can tell. they got what they've asked the fans to wait for.
beyond that...and what got me interested in this part of the thread...i don't wanna hear about how they're scraping together pennies in the budget from season to season. this is a top large-market team with billionaire owners.
A scout goes out to find prospects and then reports back to the Scouting Director on which prospects show enough ability for another set of eyes. The cross-checker is that second set of eyes. He gives another perspective, a second reference, to the Scouting Director. A cross-checker is a step-up from a scout.
Wasn't Alcantara about Jimenez's age when he signed? I don't remember that signing but his age and time spent in the minors suggest he was about that age, maybe a year older. I suspect a 17 year old won't be fast tracked. Gleyber Torres sounds like he's a bit more advanced at about the same age, but I doubt he'll be challenging for Addison Russell's position at short for the Cubs next year. Boy, this is fun!
One thing I'll give Crunch on the Ricketts front is that had they not taken a fast food franchise approach to running the team, they probably would have avoided Tarpgate. The cutting of the hours of the grounds crew to avoid Obamacare is a pretty ghastly way to run a business. I'm not a big fan of the Ricketts. I'm a pretty good fan of Theo - but I'm not convinced that Theo is still not facing considerable financial constraints. This is a very heavily leveraged team thanks to the way the finances were structured in the Zell deal.
t.ihrig had another good, yet unspectacular start for kane county (6ip 5h 2bb 3k, 1r/er). it'll be interesting to see him in AA next year (though he'll probably start in A+ and have to earn his way to AA).