A Review of the Cubs 2013 Draft

Following on my Friday post on the 2012 draft, here is an overview of the Cubs 2013 draft and where the players are now. Here again it only shows those draft picks who signed with the Cubs and lists their draft number, current age, position, current organizational level, and a brief snapshot of their 2014 performance. Bryant is the headliner here; beyond him it was a pitching-heavy draft and many are moving steadily through the system with three reaching A+ by the end of the year, though one of those (Godley) was sent to the Diamonbacks in the Montero trade.

Round Player Position Current Age Current Level 2014 Comments
1 Kris Bryant 3B 22 AAA 325/438/661 combined in AA and AAA
2 Rob Zastryzny LHP 22 A+ 4.66 ERA in 23 GS at A+
3 Jacob Hannemann OF 23 A+ 251/315/368 combined in A and A+
4 Tyler Skulina RHP 22 A+ 3.21 ERA in 18 GS for A before late promotion to A+
5 Trey Masek RHP 22 A- Only pitched 3 innings before seaason-ending injury
6 Scott Frazier RHP 22 RK 14 ER in just 1.1 IP in the season
7 David Garner RHP 21 A 3.82 ERA and 10.6 SO/9 combined in A- and A
8 Sam Wilson LHP 22 A- 3.62 ERA and 11.1 SO/9 in 32 IP
9 Charcer Burks OF 19 A- 311/393/409 combined in RK and A-
10 Zack Godley RHP 21 A+ 1.80 ERA in 15 G at A before being promoted, 3.57 ERA and 11.6 SO/9 in 40 IP at A+, traded to Diamondbacks for Miguel Montero
11 Jordan Hankins 3B 22 A+ 322/361/461 at A before being promoted, 218/323/318 in A+ after
12 Trevor Clifton RHP 19 A- 3.69 ERA in 13 GS
13 Trevor Graham RHP 22 A- 5.58 ERA in 50 IP
15 Michael Wagner RHP 22 A 3.23 ERA in 61 IP
16 Cael Brockmeyer C 22 A 297/366/461 in A
17 Kelvin Freeman 1B 23   Released in March 2014
18 Giuseppe Papaccio SS 23   196/271/244 in 209 ABs before being released 
20 Zak Blair 2B 24   Just 37 ABs before being released
22 Kevin Brown OF 23 A- 261/322/416 between A-, A, and filling in at AA
23 Tyler Ihrig LHP 22 A 4.44 ERA in 8 GS at A- then 2.30 ERA in 27 IP at A
24 Tyler Alamo C 19 RK 215/267/237 in 93 ABs
28 Brad Renner RHP 23 DL Missed all of 2014 due to TJS
30 Zak Hermans RHP 23 A 3.92 ERA in 39 IP


Wow, three Za(c)ks in one draft?

Four. Zack Brown in the 38th round.

Pssh. Call me when they get a Trevor or two.

Two Trevors here. Plus four Tylers to boot.

mlb.tv clubhouse confidential segment on pitch framing, including an audio of Joe Maddon praising Jose Molina's value to the Rays http://m.mlb.com/video/v25582579/clubhouse-co... The link is from a longer article from Grantland.com on pitch framing. http://grantland.com/features/studying-art-pi...

Does anyone know if the Cubs minor league affiliates, including new ones in South Bend, Oregon and Myrtle Beach have PITCHf/x installed? Do they have it at Iowa or Tennessee?

In 22AB in winter ball, Javy has 9 hits and 9 K's.

And three of his nine K's were in the first game. Small sample size, but hopefully it is a sign of improvement.

technically it is a sign of improvement...but he's also playing in one of the minor winter leagues in PR. it used to be a more powerful winter league, but it's not what it once was. DR and VEN carry a better quality of players these days. 2hr and 2 doubles out of those 9 hits is nice, though. that said, sample size blah blah blah etc. baez may be compared to g.sheffield a lot, but mid-late-20s s.sosa seems to be a more realistic ceiling (except for the 60+ HR part) for statistical outcome vs player makeup... speaking of minor-impact winter leagues (easily weaker than PR), c.villanueva has crushed 9HR in 151ab in mexico this winter.

Well said, but I guess any sign of improvement is encouraging. That said, I expect Baez will start the season in Iowa based upon nothing but a hunch.

a slew of hits, including some power, is encouraging no matter the league he's playing in. he's so extreme...and young. it's hard to tell what's going to become of him with his batting game at this point in his development.

We're used to whining about Cubby occurrences, Lou Brock, Maddux etc. but this list has the Cubs as recipients of 2 of the 10 best deals ever for players under age 25 (poor Phillies!): http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/10464977...

Cubs sent INF Logan Watkins outright to Triple-A Iowa. Cubs sent RHP Donn Roach outright to Triple-A Iowa. A note from AZ Phil from a few days ago: Because he is an MLB Rule 55 player not eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted, Watkins can be traded or released, but he cannot beb sent outright to the minors after 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series unless & until he has either signed a major league contract for the next season (contracts were tendered on 12/2), or had his previous season's contract unilaterally renewed by the club (which can't happen until the first week of March), or agrees (in advance) to sign a minor league contract for the next season (not likely). BTW, same goes for Junior Lake, Ryan Lavarnway, Joe Ortiz, Shane Peterson, and Neil Ramirez.

glad Roach snuck through, everyone's 40 man's are starting to fill up so good time to outright guys usually. I know his peripherals don't look like much, but he has a 3:1 groundball to flyball ratio in the minors.

Normally the MLB office is closed on weekends (and Saturday and Sunday are not considered "business days") beginning with the conclusion of the World Series up until the start of Spring Training, so players who were Designated for Assignment last Friday could not have been placed on Ouright Assignment Waivers until 2 PM (Eastern) today and the Waiver Claiming Period would not have concluded until 1 PM (Eastern) on Wednesday. 

However, thb MLB office remained open this past Saturday and Sunday and will instead be closed Wednesday through Sunday of this week, so the Cubs were able to place Watkins and Roach on waivers on Saturday, with the 47-hour Waiver Claiming Period for both players ending at 1 PM (Eastern) today. 

It's possible that some of the MLB clubs did not staff their offices over the weekend and thus might not have been aware that Roach and Watkins were on waivers.


got to agree that not much to be impressed by Baez so far in winter leagues, still swinging from his ass apparently

Alcantara on the other hand...

.324 w/4 HRs, 3 SB and a .939 OPS in the Dominican Republic. (per Phil Rogers tweet)

Clausen ruled out for Sunday because of concussion.

I guess Cutler has to start.


Junior Lake leading DWL in walks, strikeouts, and stolen bases, 2nd in runs scored, 5th in OBP. 

Sell high!

30 walks for Lake in 140 ABs. That's not the Junior Lake we all know and love. Doesn't matter what league it is, he's taking pitches, and a lot of them. At the end of the year last year, even tho he didn't do much, I saw him put together a few interesting at bats where he was showing a lot more patience and not swinging from the heels so much. I've always had a hard time giving up on that guy.

The walks are a good sign, as are the 21 SBs in 23 attempts, but he's also hitting just .243 and slugging just .343, which aren't good signs. And he has 51 Ks in just 140 ABs. So when he doesn't walk he strikes out 36% of the time and isn't hitting the ball with much authority. Perhaps the picthers in this league are a bit wild and walk prone in general? Or perhaps he is taking too many pitches in an attempt to be selective and in turn taking called strikes as well as balls? I don't know. But the performance overall doesn't give me any higher hopes for him going into the season.

If there's one thing I've learned from following Cubs players' winter league performances, its to not put much stock in those numbers one way or the other. Small samples, different competition, etc. I vaguely remember some winters that Felix Pie put up big numbers, and I clearly remember 2007 AFL MVP Sam Fuld.

Not Pie--you must be thinking of someone else. Pie used to go to Licey in the DWL and, flanked by friendly coaches like Von Joshua and Bob Dernier, hit .216.

I missed AZ's original comment about him leading the league in strikeouts. Now that's more like the Junior Lake we all know.

is he doing the delayed steal thing again?

If Lake ever does anything in majors it'll be as a short-side platoon player...probably with the Pirates...while he hangs out with Josh Harrison.

Motte gets his incentives only if he's closer for nearly the entire season it looks like

 @JonHeymanCBS · jason motte: $4.5M base. 250K for 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 gf. 250K 60 games, 65 games. $2.5M bonus max

Rondon only 44 games finished last year, Kimbrel had 54, Holland had 60

why isn't welly a rsox yet...and what OF starter is the cubs getting in return? /speculation

I think White Sox are the best fit for taking him. He's an upgrade and he's the type they like. If there is something in their system the Cubs want, that's my prediction to happen.

Rangers, DBacks (although you figure they would have worked that out in the Montero trade) make sense as well. But yeah, White Sox could use some offensive help there or at least someone to pair with Tyler Flowers.

Red Sox are pretty stacked at catcher (Vazquez, Hanigan, Swihart) and some dude named Dan Butler.... not sure where that came from.

Happy Festivus!

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Lavernway claimed on waivers by Orioles, Peterson by Brewers. Cubs pick up LHP Mike Kickham aka Cheap Travis Wood off waivers from Giants.

that was a lazy Caucasian left-handers comp btw, no idea if they have similar stuff. Peripherals are pretty darn close in the minors though.

Wood: 8.4 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9

Kickham: 8.0 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 0.6 HR/9

Okay, which one of you guys pissed off the North Koreans?


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All hail The Great Leader. Please leave this site alone. Thanks.

Damn North Korea.

My guess is that North Korea remembered that Obama was a Chicago baseball fan but got the teams screwed up.

North Korea doesn't make mistakes...it's a mistake to get in North Korea's way...therefore TCR obviously got in the way. NORTH KOREA IS THE BEST KOREA.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 26 min ago (view)

    I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.

    That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...


  • Hagsag 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information. 


  • Cubster 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office,  as GM


  • Charlie 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.


  • crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    rev up those off-season rumor fryers...

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.


  • crunch 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.

    green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters. 


  • crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)

    mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...


  • crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    t.clifton straight up falling off a cliff sucked to watch happen last year.

    i had a lot of faith in the guy to at least hold his own in AAA, even if he needed another season or 2 after to get ready for prime time.

    he ended up giving out homers like candy on halloween while retaining his high walk and injury rate.

    that said, his career is far from done.  most likely many other teams willing to give him a minor league deal.


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Keep in mind that most free-agents who sign a 2020 minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft are eligible for selection. (The only exception would be a free-agent who is not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, such as a player whose only previous pro experience was in a foreign major league or in an independent minor league, or a player who was released by another MLB organization but is still not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft).  


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    If you're wondering if players who sign minor league successor contracts ever get taken in the Rule 5 Draft, the answer is most definitely - YES -. 

    The Cubs selected RHP Hector Rondon in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft after the Indians signed him to a minor league successor contract, and the Baltimore Orioles selected RHP Pedro Araujo in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft after the Cubs signed him to a minor league successor contract. 


  • Hagsag 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Got to get Taylor Davis back.


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    So the Cubs were ultimately able to retain five of their seven most-valuable post-2019 minor league free-agent eligibles (Rea, Pereda, de la Cruz, Lugo, and Burks), losing only Clifton and Leal (both of whom are probably looking for a fresh start in another organization after maybe feeling stalled in the Cubs system).