A Review of the Cubs 2014 Draft
Following on my previous two poss on the 2012 and 2013 drafts, here is an overview of the Cubs 2014 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. Another positoin player, Kyle Schwarber, is the headliner here; but the Cubs drafted 10 pithcers in the first 12 picks, many of them teenagers. While most debuted at low levels and only played the last part of the summer, there is a lot to like about the level of success of many so far.
|Round||Player||Position||Current Age||Current Level||2014 Comments|
|1||Kyle Schwarber||C||21||A+||344/428/634 across A-, A, and A+|
|2||Jake Stinnett||RHP||22||A-||Just 11 IP in RK and A-|
|3||Mark Zagunis||C||21||A||288/420/420 across RK, A-, and A|
|4||Carson Sands||LHP||19||RK||1.89 ERA in 19 IP|
|5||Justin Steele||LHP||19||RK||2.89 ERA in 18 IP|
|6||Dylan Cease||RHP||18||DL||Has not played due to elbow injury|
|7||James Norwood||RHP||20||A-||7.75 ERA in 20 IP in RK and A-|
|8||Tommy Thorpe||LHP||21||A-||3.05 ERA in 20 IP in RK and A-|
|9||James Farris||RHP||22||A-||2.57 ERA and 13.5 SO/9 in 14 IP|
|10||Ryan Williams||RHP||22||A-||1.46 ERA in 24 IP at A-|
|11||Jordan Brink||RHP||21||RK||Just 2 IP at RK|
|12||Tanner Griggs||RHP||20||RK||3.45 ERA in 15 IP|
|13||Kevonte Mitchell||3B||19||RK||294/374/371 in 143 ABs|
|14||Chesny Young||2B||21||A||327/384/409 combined in A- and A|
|15||Jeremy Null||RHP||20||A-||1.29 ERA in 14 IP at A-|
|16||Jason Vosler||SS||20||A-||266/361/372 in 94 ABs|
|17||Michael Knighton||RHP||20||RK||Just 8 IP at RK|
|18||Austyn Willis||RHP||18||RK||4.20 ERA in 15 IP|
|19||Brad Markey||RHP||22||A-||3.00 ERA and 9.0 SO/9 in 27 IP at A-|
|20||Alex Tomasovich||SS||22||A-||311/372/371 in 132 ABs|
|21||Charles White||OF||22||A-||200/306/259 in 85 ABs|
|22||Joey Martarano||3B||20||RK||Just 13 ABs in RK|
|25||Tyler Pearson||C||22||RK||235/322/431 in 51 ABs|
|26||Zach Hedges||RHP||21||RK||1.37 ERA and 10.5 SO/9 in 19 IP|
|27||Calvin Graves||OF||23||RK||Hit 265/338/324 in 68 ABs in RK and A-|
|32||Andrew Ely||2B||21||RK||326/363/535 in 86 ABs at RK, also filled in at AAA|
|35||Jordan Minch||LHP||21||RK||3.38 ERA in 10 IP|
QuietMan 1 hour 28 min ago (view)
Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,
George Altman 1 hour 42 min ago (view)
Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.
Mike Wellman 3 hours 51 min ago (view)
I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 12 min ago (view)
Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!
i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.
Charlie 4 hours 45 min ago (view)
Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.
He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.
That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.
Arizona Phil 12 hours 22 min ago (view)
Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022.
crunch 18 hours 5 min ago (view)
cubs lose, cards win, brews win.
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 50 min ago (view)
I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.
Charlie 20 hours 33 sec ago (view)
Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?
Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 59 min ago (view)
I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.
Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.
crunch 21 hours 7 min ago (view)
there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.
Eric S 21 hours 7 min ago (view)
The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado
Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something
crunch 21 hours 13 min ago (view)
edwards gonna edwards...blah
bradsbeard 22 hours 41 min ago (view)
Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later.
crunch 23 hours 45 min ago (view)
delay over, game on.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road.