A Review of the Cubs 2012 Draft
I’ve been a frequent commenter on TCR for over 8 years now and in the past I have sent Rob some guest posts, for example on the Cubs’ use of no-trade clauses and the Cubs’ best drafts of all time, and I have also written longer analyses directly the comments. Rob has now graciously provided me with my own login so I can now post commentary directly. I won’t be a frequent poster, but this will make it easier for me to share the longer form data collection and analyses pieces I like to do. In particular, readers have seemed to like my overviews of recent Cubs’ drafts that I have done in comments in previous summers. So to help us through the boredom of winter, I’ll post overviews of all three Epstein/Hoyer drafts in the next week, starting with 2012 today. Below you will see the pick #, player, the level at which they ended the 2014 regular season, and a short snapshot of their performance this past year.
|Round||Player||Position||Current Age||Current Level||2014 Comments|
|1||Albert Almora||OF||20||AA||283/306/406 in A+ before a late season promotion to AA where he struggled, but he is still just 20 years old|
|CA||Pierce Johnson||RHP||23||AA||Missed some time to start on DL but finished with 2.55 ERA in 17 GS in AA|
|CA||Paul Blackburn||RHP||20||A||3.23 ERA in 24 GS in A|
|2||Duane Underwood||RHP||20||A||2.50 ERA in 21 GS in A|
|3||Ryan McNeil||RHP||20||A-||8.44 ERA in 16 IP for Boise after missing 2013 due to TJS|
|4||Josh Conway||RHP||23||A-||1.96 ERA in 36 IP for Boise after missing 2012-13 due to TJS and a Stress Fracture|
|5||Anthony Prieto||LHP||20||DL||40 IP for Arizona Cubs in 2012 and 2013, missed all of 2014 with TJS|
|6||Trey Lang||RHP||22||A-||4.89 ERA in 35 IP at Boise following poor numbers in 2012-13|
|7||Stephen Bruno||3B||23||AA||276/346/393 in AA|
|8||Michael Heesch||LHP||24||A||2.18 ERA and 11.9 SO/9 in 45 innings as a reliever in A|
|9||Chadd Krist||C||24||Poor numbers in A+ before being released, now playing in Marlins organization|
|10||Chad Martin||RHP||24||Playing Independent Ball|
|11||Rashad Crawford||OF||20||A-||259/297/360 for Boise|
|12||Justin Amlung||RHP||24||A+||1.54 ERA in 46 IP for A, before being promoting and having a 4.37 ERA in 59 IP at A+|
|13||Bijan Rademacher||OF||23||A+||281/363/448 at A+|
|14||Corbin Hoffner||RHP||20||A-||Struggled with a 5.08 ERA and 1.66 WHIP between A and A-|
|15||Carlos Escobar||C||23||Playing Independent Ball|
|16||Michael Hamann||RHP||23||Did well in 2013 for KC, but whereabouts in 2014 unknown (he has a Twitter account @hamman_cheese and just appears to be exercising, coaching, and watching sports at home in Ohio)|
|17||Nathan Dorris||LHP||23||A+||Started at A (2.49 ERA) before being promoted to A+ where he struggled with a 5.91 ERA in 74 IP|
|18||David Bote||SS||21||A||235/345/343 between A- and A|
|21||Stephen Perakslis||RHP||23||A+||3.93 ERA in 68 IP for A+|
|22||Eddie Orozco||RHP||25||Released in January 2014|
|26||Jasvir Rakkar||RHP||23||A-||Logged 42 IP across 4 levels with a 3.83 ERA|
|27||Tyler Bremer||RHP||24||Traded to Marlins mid-season for Jacob Turner|
|28||Lance Rymel||C||24||AAA||Organizational back-up catcher, only played 10 games in 2014 across 3 levels|
|30||Izaac Garsez||OF||24||No longer playing baseball|
|32||Tim Saunders||SS||24||A+||210/261/347 in A+|
|35||Ben Carhart||C/1B/3B||24||A+||269/339/360 at A before late season promotion to A+|
|40||Jacob Rogers||1B||24||A||268/361/445 at A|
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