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|
erich081 12 min 19 sec ago (view)
Justin Grimm must have forwarded his Maddon blackmail material to Tony Kemp.
crunch 7 hours 32 min ago (view)
baseball is fun.
Jackstraw 9 hours 27 min ago (view)
Cubs were 1 for 9 with RISP.
Neither of the Cards who scored had to take the bat off of their shoulder.
With the game on the line, Joe sends up Tony Kemp.
2019 season in microcosm.
crunch 9 hours 31 min ago (view)
p.alonso (NYM) gets #50...not bad for a rookie.
also, MIL wins because of course why not.
cubs are 2 games behind in the WC standings for the 2nd slot...5 games behind STL in the central.
crunch 11 hours 5 min ago (view)
i'll be over here watching Corner Gas DVDs waiting for 2020.
Charlie 14 hours 20 min ago (view)
Welp. I guess I will continue to pay attention to the Wild Card race? Dropping the Michael Wacha game is bad.
crunch 15 hours 1 min ago (view)
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 24 min ago (view)
Another game, another set of golden opportunities to add on to a lead wasted.
Eric S 15 hours 27 min ago (view)
And nine hits ... with one run to show for it
crunch 16 hours 33 min ago (view)
6 innings, 5 pitchers used...and the cubs are down by 1 to show for it.
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 11 min ago (view)
I hate Tommy Edman, and those of his ilk. The pissbirds are masters of getting a few good years out of middling prospect types like him. DeJong, Jon Jay, Matt Adams, Tommy Pham, Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter... the list goes on and on.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 34 min ago (view)
Trades involving players on minor league reserve lists are prohibited beginning at 12 PM (Eastern) on the 7th day prior to the originally-scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season through the last day of the MLB regular season (including a day in which a Game #163 and Game #164 tie-breaker game is played or a day in which a re-scheduled game is played after the originally-scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season).
Arizona Phil 18 hours 49 min ago (view)
If he makes four more appearances prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season, David Phelps' 2020 club option salary escalates from $3M to $5M (plus up to $3.25M in performance bonuses).
Arizona Phil 18 hours 54 min ago (view)
Conversely, Padres closer Kirby Yates has allowed only two HR with a .184 OppBA and 13/100 BB/K in 59.2 IP and Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez (now on Restricted List) has allowed just five HR with a .197 OppBA and 13/90 BB/K in 60.0 IP.
crunch 20 hours 41 min ago (view)
rizzo / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / bote (2nd) / heyward / hoe / mills
crunch 20 hours 42 min ago (view)
kintzler available out of the pen again...welcome back