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 8/24/14 - 32 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.
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Haha. I had NO idea he was striking out at that rate, thanks. I just would want someone who's not gonna strike out 50% of the time in the lineup or batting 2nd. But my point wasn't to judge Baez, but rather just illustrating that the Cubs aren't gonna make a season ending run at the playoffs. They're still in their rebuilding spring training style mode. Baez is batting 2nd to get AB in front of Rizzo/Castro and work through adjustments not to win games.
Benching Baez to play Watkins is just flat-out silly. I think there is some overvaluing Watkins's scrap going on here the last few days.
Let's not forget that Watkins was striking out 20.9% of the time in AAA and doesn't bring the pop to compensate for it. I used to hope he'd be a good OBP guy, but he's not going to have a high enough batting average with that K rate for his walks to make up for his other shortcomings.
I am intrigued about Alcantara. He really got on top of that home run last night and tomahawked it out.
Right now he has struggled on offense to a 228/285/374 line and has not looked super comfortable on defense in CF either. But through 42 games (187 PAs) he has 39 H, 8 2B, 5 HR, and 7 SB, and has a bWAR of 1.3 and an fWAR of 1.0.
It's 4 in a row//Soler coming up//the young guns in the 'pen on a roll//EJax out of the rotation...remember the Rockies of '07!
"It's 106 miles to Chicago//we have a full tank of gas//half a packet of cigarettes// it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses... HIT IT!"
I'm sure you're half joking but if we were serious about trying to win, you gotta move Baez outta the 2 slot - or maybe even send him back to AAA and play Watkins. Also I think we're gonna see Doubront and Turner a bit - and I think they are gonna have to work out some kinks. That was the best Wood has looked in a while.