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.
I'm more concerned about Rizzo being out a 4th day. Back stuff is scary. Remember Pujols and his back issues? I hope they're running whatever tests they run for that kind of stuff. 4 Days is a long time for muscle tightness.
I saw that and I thought of your comments about Baez / Castro. It was impressive because he looked like what you said - a very balanced discussion. Also you and Virginia Phil and others are right I think: I saw a determination and awareness in Baez last night that was very impressive and NOT flakey. Even sprinting to first base on a 'sure out' - a lot of awareness.
MLB.TV. I think I replayed that home run 20 times, out of pure shock and awe. And if you have Amazon Prime and their Kindle.TV, rewinding is much easier than on most apps. Picture quality is pretty good, too. Finally I can see the Cubbies on my big screen. I tried Chromecasting MLB.TV but the thing stalled most of the time.
Was it just me, or did it seem last night that Baez was talking to Castro about not looking at the pitching coach when he was trying to leg out a triple. The way Baez was motioning his hands around in the dugout and talking to Castro right afterwards. He was clearly not chewing him out, just looked like he was probably saying something like, "maybe it would have been better to not run while looking over your shoulder?" I can see those two helping each other out, unless Starlin gets traded for helping to promote Cubbery.
That was a nice at bat. And Baez said it was his best at bat of the year. Not any of this homers, that one. So it shows he knows he needs to work on the swings and misses. I don't think his slider was working well at all last night, though, or it may have been a different outcome. He did try to make Baez fish - I think it was on the 1-2 count, and Baez laid off. Nice at bat and if we start seeing more of them this year things are gonna really look up.