ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN DECEMBER 2014 RULE 5 DRAFT Gilberto Abreu, RHP Gioskar Amaya, INF John Andreoli, OF Delbis Arcila, OF Jose Arias, RHP Jeffrey Baez, OF Frank Batista, RHP Zach Cates, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP Pin-Chieh Chen, OF Gerardo Concepcion, LHP Willson Contreras, C Wes Darvill, INF Taylor Davis, C Zeke DeVoss, OF 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 Victor Salazar, 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
2014 Draft Signings
Cubs have $8,352,200 in draft pool money (and if they don't mind paying a a 75% tax on $417,600, they can go up to $8,769,810).
Players in bold have allegedly signed. Anyone after the 10th round signed for over $100K counts against their draft money as well.
If the player has yet to sign or there's no media report on the bonus, the third column is the recommened slot money.
Currently the Cubs have paid $8,754,000 out and have $15,810 of their draft pool money left before having to worry about losing draft picks.
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I was at the Kane County games on Weds and Thurs. Hannemann played on Thursday. He has got to be the fastest player in the Cubs system. Paniagua needs to be promoted. Schwarber is a beast and a real nice guy. Az. Phil, do you agree about Hannemann's speed?
It's funny though because his maturity and fast track baseball instincts were supposed to be his strengths and he's moving slower than anyone in the system. That said I realize he was a HS'er and that he had injury trouble. Still ... he is a curious case.
It seems to me one of the shiniest bits about Almora is his "makeup", which I don't know how Cubs brass measures it, but they think he has lots of it. Also, since I've just recently looked through the MLB.com evaluation of Cubs prospects, Almora's defense gets the single highest score (75) of any Cubs prospect specific tool.
I actually thought the walk to get to Upton was a nice move.
The PHing for Olt didn't even bug me in that situation, because they needed to keep things moving along and Valbuena puts up good at bats, whereas Ot can be a bit Oltish. Instead of worrying about pinch hitting him, I am more annoyed with the fact he doesn't play, but that is pretty well documented.