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|
crunch 13 hours 53 min ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.
crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
"There are no untouchables," Epstein said.
In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 22 hours 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 3 days 14 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 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 3 days 15 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 4 days 8 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 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office, as GM
Charlie 5 days 18 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 6 days 5 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 6 days 10 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 6 days 16 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.