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|
Hagsag 11 hours 52 min ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 3 days 1 hour ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 3 days 2 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 4 days 14 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 5 days 3 min ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 1 hour ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 5 days 3 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 5 days 17 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 week 2 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 week 3 hours ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 3 days ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...