2010 Cubs Draft Tracker Ticker - Day 2

ROUND 2 (65): Reggie Golden, OF (Wetumpka HS - Wetumpka, AL)
R/R, 5'10, 210, 18 years old
COMMENT: Top position player prospect in Alabama... Has plus-bat speed and power, but lacks plate discipline... Hit a HR at Wrigley Field last August in Under Armour All-American game... Above-average arm... Projects as RF... Only slightly above-average speed... Signed NLI with University of Alabama...


ROUND 3 (97): Micah Gibbs, C (LSU)
B/R, 5'11, 207, 21 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Top defensive catcher in draft, although he has just an average arm... Won Rawlings ABCA Gold Glove in 2009... Was leading hitter at LSU among starting position players in 2010, hitting 388/438/592 with 10 HR & 60 RBI with 14 2B in 62 games... Hit just .212 with wood bat in Cape Cod League in 2009... Was Baseball America 1st Team Freshman All-American in 2008... Was teammate of Daytona Cubs INF D. J. Lemahieu on LSU College World Series Champion team in 2009... SEC Academic Honor Roll... Cubs GM Jim Hendry has long-time friendship with LSU Head Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri going back to when Mainieri was the coach at Notre Dame...


ROUND 4 (130): Hunter Ackerman, LHP (Louisburg JC)
L/L, 6'1, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC freshman... Throws an 88-92 MPH fastball... Has a solid change-up... Breaking ball needs work... Went 8-1 with a 1.41 ERA, 38 hits allowed, and 24/92 BB/K in 57 IP for the Hurricanes in 2010... This guy was very likely recommended by Cubs ace bird-dog scout Billy Swoope, who has a lengthy track record of finding quality arms in VA and NC...


ROUND 5 (160): Matt Szczur, OF (Villanova)
R/R, 5'11, 190, 20 years old
COMMENT: College junior... Last name is pronounced "Caesar" (like the emperor Julius, or if you prefer, like the comedian Sid)... Football player (WR & PR) who might get selected in 2011 NFL draft... MVP in 2009 FCS Championship game... Has been compared to Patriots WR Wes Welker... Hit 443/487/667 for Nova in 2010, with 4 HR & 38 RBI, 13 2B, 7 3B, 10 SB (5 CS)... Played both catcher & OF for the Wildcats but will likely play CF or LF in pro ball... One of the fastest players in college baseball... Below-average arm... Slash hitter with below-average power... Patient hitter who profiles as a lead-off man... Gets high marks for work ethic and intensity... Missed several weeks during 2010 baseball season after donating bone-marrow to one-year old girl with leukemia...


ROUND 6 (190): Ivan DeJesus, OF (Cupeyville School - San Juan, PR)
R/R, 6'0, 177, 17 years old
COMMENT: Not related to Cubs coach Ivan DeJesus... Played both 2B and CF in HS.... Good speed... Ran a 6.55 60... Accurate arm with average arm strength... Line-drive stroke with some power... Signed NLI with UAB...


ROUND 7 (220): Ben Wells, RHP (Bryant HS - Bryant, AR)
R/R, 6'3, 220, 17 years old
COMMENT: Throws a 90-94 MPH fastball, a hard slider, and a splitter... Hurled a perfect game last month in the Arkansas HS 7A State Championship game... Signed NLI with University of Arkansas


ROUND 8 (250): Cameron Greathouse, LHP (Gulf Coast CC)
L/L, 6'2, 205, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Soft-tossing lefty, has a plus-curve, while fastball tops out at 88... Went 10-2 with a 3.06 ERA, 68 hits allowed in 88.1 IP, with 64/131 BB/K for GCCC... Also hit .400 with 11 HR as RF on days he wasn't pitching... Will transfer to the University of South Carolina if he does not sign with Cubs... .


ROUND 9 (280): Kevin Rhoderick, RHP (Oregon State)
R/R, 6'0, 195, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Considered an under-achiever in 2010, he was a Baseball America 2nd team Freshman All-American in 2008 and a pre-season All-American prior to this season... Throws a 89-91 MPH fastball that tops out at 93... Best pitch is his slider... Also throws an effective change-up... Has trouble holding baserunners close... 3.13 ERA with 28 hits allowed and 15/35 BB/K in 31.2 IP as Beavers primary closer in 2010... Went 2-0 with a 4.19 ERA with 14 hits allowed (.191 OBA) and 6/30 BB/K in 17 games (19.1 IP) in Cape Cod League in 2009... Attended Horizon HS in Scottsdale, AZ... Was selected by the Detroit Tigers in 18th round of 2007 draft but did not sign, opting to attend OSU instead...


ROUND 10 (310): Aaron Kurcz, RHP (College of Southern Nevada)
R/R, 6'0, 175, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Teammate of #1 overall pick Bryce Harper at CSN... Was Coyotes closer... Best pitch is a 92-94 MPH fastball... also throws a "slurvy" breaking ball... Was 3-3 with 10 saves and a 4.11 ERA in 24 games in 2010, with 29 hits allowed and 17/52 BB/K in 35 IP... Surrendered walk-off HR with two outs in the 9th last week in JUCO World Series... Attended Air Force Academy as a freshman... Will transfer to Oral Roberts University if he does not sign with Cubs..


ROUND 11 (340): Eric Jokisch, LHP (Northwestern)
R/L, 6'2, 180, 20 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Throws an 86-89 MPH fastball and a curve, but change-up is his best pitch... Was Wildcats #1 starter in 2010... Went 5-7 with a 4.39 ERA, 107 hits allowed (.299 OBA) in 92.1 IP, with 37/62 BB/K for N. U. in 2010... Had a back injury at start of 2010 season, but had made full recovery and was throwing the ball much better by the end of season... Was one of the best pitchers in Cape Cod League in 2009... Was Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2008... Louisville Slugger All-American in 2008... Won seven conference games in 2008, most-ever by a true freshman... Academic All-American in 2009...


ROUND 12 (370): Austin Reed, RHP (Rancho Cucamonga HS - Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
R/R, 6'3, 200, 18 years old
COMMENT: Throws a 89-91 MPH fastball, a slurve, and a change... Went 6-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 13 games, with a .234 OBA, while allowing 65 hits in 71.1 IP, and 34/74 BB/K... Also hit .416 with 7 HR & 25 RBI in 27 games at 3B... Has had trouble with mechanics off-and-on throughout HS careeer... Signed NLI with San Diego State...


ROUND 13 (400): Pierre LePage, 2B (U. of Connecticut)
R/R, 5'8, 160, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... UConn lead-off hitter, hit 327/383/468 with 29 SB (6 CS), 3 HR & 57 RBI, 20 doubles, and three triples in 56 games for Huskies in 2010... Struck out only three times in 278 PA...


ROUND 14 (430): Colin Richardson, RHP (Winter Haven HS - Winter Haven, FL)
R/R, 6'1, 180, 18 years old
COMMENT: Went 8-0 with a 1.48 ERA, with 74 K in 47 IP, and threw two no-hitters, as a junior at WHHS... Also played SS... Will attend Santa Fe CC if he does not sign with Cubs...


ROUND 15 (460): Elliot Soto, SS (Creighton)
R/R, 5'9, 160, 20 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Missouri Valley Conference 1st team in 2009 & 2010... Gold Glove caliber defensive shortstop, but has just average speed and a questionable bat... Hit 297/388/431 with 3 HR & 28 RBI, 10 doubles, 4 triples, and 9 SB (1 CS) for Bluejays in 2010... Hit only .194 with wood bat in Cape Cod League in 2009... Native of Algonquin, IL, attended Dundee Crown HS... BTW, Jim Hendry was head coach at Creighton 1984-91, and Oneri Fleita played there for Hendry (and Fleita was named MVC Player of the Year in 1988)...


ROUND 16 (490): Ryan Hartman, RHP (Mt. Zion HS - Mt. Zion, IL)
R/R, 6'3, 18 years old
COMMENT: Also was a HS basketball star... Went 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA, 19/84 BB/K in 44 IP at MZHS in 2010... Throws a 90-91 MPH fastball, but his curve ball is considered the best in Illinois HS baseball... Signed NLI with Eastern Illinois University...


ROUND 17 (520): Steven Brooks, CF (Wake Forest)
R/R, 6'0, 195, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Athletic defender, hit 349/446/541 with 6 HR & 39 RBI, 20 doubles, and 23 SB (4 CS) for Demon Deacons in 2010...


ROUND 18 (550): Brooks Pinckard, RHP/OF (Baylor)
L/R, 6'1, 190, 21 years old
COMMENT: Draft-eligible sophomore... Was Baylor's closer in 2010, going 2-4 with a 2.45 ERA, with 12 Saves, allowing 27 hits in 33 IP, with 16/25 BB/K... Also played CF and hit 305/391/465 with 18 SB (2 CS)... Is one of the fastest players in college baseball, but is being drafted as a pitcher... Throws a 95 MPH two-seam fastball that will break a wood bat, but slider is still a work-in-progress...


ROUND 19 (580): Dustin Fitzgerald, RHP (Hill JC)
R/R, 6'4, 210, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Has solid three-pitch repertoire (88-90 MPH fastball that touches 92, a curve, and a change) but no one outstanding pitch... Was rated the top prospect in the Hawaiian Summer Collegiate League in 2009... Will transfer to Texas State if he doesn't sign with Cubs...


ROUND 20 (610): Ryan Cuneo, 1B (U. of Delaware)
L/R, 6'3, 205, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... Hit 350/421/677 with a team-leading 16 HR & 65 RBI, and 17 doubles, with a 24/35 BB/K, in 51 games for the Blue Hens in 2010... Won University of Delaware Athletic Dept Sportmanship Award his senior year...


ROUND 21 (640): Cody Cox, RHP (Grassfield HS - Chesapeake, VA)
R/R, 6'6, 205, 18 years old
COMMENT: Fastball touches 93... Somewhat raw, but projectable due to size... Signed NLI with Old Dominion... Could be a tough sign...


ROUND 22 (670): Jeff Vigurs, C (Bryant U.)
L/R, 6'0, 190, 22 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... Defensive-first catcher with good receiving skills and a strong arm, but has a questionable bat... Hit 333/380/455 with 4 HR & 41 RBI and 13 doubles for Bulldogs in 2010... Also can play OF...


ROUND 23 (700): Matthew Loosen, RHP (Jacksonville U.)
R/R, 6'2, 205, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Went 3-4 with a 5.88 ERA, 104 hits and 12 HR allowed in 82.2 IP, with 34/86 BB/K, for the Dolphins in 2010...


ROUND 24 (730): Dustin Geiger, RF (Merritt Island HS - Brevard County, FL)
R/R, 6'2, 180, 18 years old
COMMENT: Florida Today's 2010 High School Player of the Year... Played 3B in HS and wants to stay there, but is projected as a RF in pro ball... Has plus-arm, also was part-time closer... Hit .534 with 7 HR and 33 RBI his senior year at MIHS... Has summer job at Outback Steakhouse, so he could be used as a translator for Cubs Australian players at Fitch Park... Signed NLI with University of Central Florida and has strong commitment to attend UCF...


ROUND 25 (760): Eric Rice, RHP (Palm Beach State CC)
R/R, 5'11, 180, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... went 7-1 with a 3.27 ERA, allowing 56 hits and 22/52 BB/K in 63.1 IP for the Panthers in 2010... Will transfer to Lynn University if he doesn't sign with Cubs...


ROUND 26 (790): Danny Muno, SS (Fresno State)
B/R, 5'11, 175, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Plays both SS & 2B... Good plate discipline (career 160/108 BB/K at FSU), and a good base stealer despite not having blazing speed... Has gap power... Hit lead-off for Bulldogs in 2010, but probably profiles as a #2 hitter in pro ball... Hit 329/444/500 with 7 HR & 33 RBI, 17 doubles, and 48/33 BB/K, in 63 games for FSU in 2010...


ROUND 27 (820): Bryan Harper, LHP (College of Southern Nevada)
L/L, 6'5, 195, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Brother and college teammate of 2010 overall #1 draft pick Bryce Harper and also college teammate of Cubs 10th round pick RHP Aaron Kurcz... Throws 89-92 MPH fastball that tops out at 94... Also throws curve & change-up... Lanky lefty has had major control issues at times and has occasionally displayed temper on field... Spent freshman season at Cal State - Northridge... Will transfer to University of South Carolina if he does not sign with Cubs...


ROUND 28 (850): Joe Zeller, RHP (The Master's College)
R/R, 5'10, 190, 22 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... Played 2B before moving to the mound... All-CIF at Capistrano Valley HS in 2006... Spent freshman year at Loyola Marymount...


ROUND 29 (880): Casey Harman, LHP (Clemson)
L/L, 6'1, 200, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Was projected as a 6th-10th round pick pre-draft... Clemson's Friday night (#1) starter... 86-89 MPH sinker is his best pitch, but slider and change are just average... Has excellent control... Has not allowed more than two walks in any one game in his college career... Went 7-2 with a 3.95 ERA, allowing 91 hits (.239 OBA) and 31/86 BB/K in 100.1 IP in 2010...


ROUND 30 (910): Karsten Strieby, 1B (Arizona Western JC)
R/R, 6'6, 225, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC Freshman... Hit .316 with a .403 OBP, 3 HR & 16 RBI, and 10 doubles for the Matadors in 2010... Washington native is presently playing summer collegiate "wood bat" ball for the Walla Walla Sweets (West Coast League)...  Karsten's brother Ryan is a 1B-LF in Tigers organization...  


The draft will resume tomorrow at 12 noon (ET) with rounds 31-50.


Well, we got the catcher. He looks like a catcher, and good value based on what AZ Phil said the other day (2nd round posibility for Gibbs).

reggie golden sounds like a name out of central casting...

4th rounder: Hunter Ackerman, LHP Louisburg College BA's tweet on him: Nc prep JC lefty Hunter Ackerman goes off the board high, FB sits 88-92 all day long, pretty signable, not consensus 4th-rounder

Would he be our first 6 foot tall player drafted?

"5'10, 210, 18 years old" We're already talking Mini-Marlon at age 18. What's this kid gonna weigh when he fills out?

This is the same sort of analysis that determined that 98% NFL running backs are obese.

It's the same kind of analysis Teflon Tim used when he drafted Tyler "Magic Muscles" Colvin.

Yeah, I hate it when we draft a guy and he comes to the majors and leads the team in slugging. Good call.

86 at bats.

You would have preferred him to slug .328 like Theriot?

No, I am pleased with his performance. Just saying Neifi Perez has looked good in 86 at bat sample sizes. I'm not investing in a Colvin Cooperstown replica plaque just yet. Just sayin

OK - now compare him to Harvey, Montanez and Pawelek.

Feel the burn, NAVIGATOR? lol

5th round: Matthew Szczur OF - Villanova twitter report: Cubs also nabbed athletic Villanova OF/football player Matt Szczur, one of draft's best runners

Hard not to like Szczur, as he sounds like a true hard nose player and a great person (he hit for the cycle the game before donating bone marrow and missing multiple weeks). But there is some humor that, much like last time Wilken reached for a lesser known first round pick, we draft a WR in the fifth round.

Sounds like a great kid.

Sounds like a bum. Way to let the team down


6th round was Ivan De Jesus, CF Cupeyville (HS) 7th round is Benjamim Wells, RHP Bryant (HS)

8th round: Cameron Greathouse LHP, Gulf Coast CC giving Reggie Golden a run for best name among 2010 draftees

9th round: Kevin Rhoderick, RHP Oregon State White Sox just drafted a Moran.

Seems like there's a couple of signability guys in there - Wells, Greathouse and maybe the football player. Anyone see them ranked more highly based on talent alone?

BA blog is useless, their only mention of a Cubs from rounds 5-9 is Rhoderick. while three spots later, the Cubs took hard-throwing, bad-makeup righty closer Kevin Rhoderick. If Rhoderick matures, he could be a fine value in the ninth round, as it was a top-five rounds arm.

The Horror! The Horror! 10th round: Aaron Kurcz, RHP College of Southern Nevada the most exciting thing about the draft at this point is making fun of the names.

tally so far 6 pitchers (4 RHP, 2 LHP) 1 catcher 3 OF's

Weird comment by Hart during the draft last night - something to the effect of RH hitters being at a premium. Don't think I've ever heard that one before.

every pick made was a good pick according to Hart and they all had good bodies. absolutely no reason not to have Mayo, Callis or Law up there instead of Reynolds or Hart.

I think Hart could lend some good analysis, from a 'what's going on' standpoint. Gammons is really the guy who should be replaced, if we're picking on guys. Law and Callis both have ESPN ties (and Law's not too sharp).

forgot about Gammons, him too. Callis and Mayo were on together yesterday in brief snippets, with the other guys jabbering full-time. Should be the other way around....

insider access needed, but apparently churchill feels gibbs was a steal at least. so said the twitter tease... http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/blog?name=mlb_...

Winston? That's not cricket.

DFA'd by Indians, right after hurting himself on Sunday.

speaking of making fun of the names, 11th rounder Eric Jock-itch.

First player to go from Minors to ESPN job somewhere: Northwestern's Eric Jokisch! Hey, he'll always make a living somewhere!

BTW - did the Cubs corner this year's draft on Below the Mason-Dixon line players? What's with all the Southern States? Other than they play baseball 12 mos.?

was the nation's toughest player to strikeout this year, with 2Ks in 205 AB.

That's obscene. He must have had a comparatively crummy BABIP.

I know we'll have to wait and see but is anyone else having trouble getting excited about our draft picks so far? Maybe our Dominican summer league teams can save us. They're doing well.

It's a shift in previous philosophy to see so many HS kids taken by the Cubs. Leads to one of two conclusions. 1. Cubs feel good about their current low minors guys and aren't looking to bring in a much of new guys. 2. They have no problem paying out big bonuses to buy these kids out of NRIs

Theriot 2B, Fukudome RF, Lee 1B, Byrd CF, Fontenot 3B, Soriano LF, Hill C, Castro SS, Lilly P well colvin got 2 starts in a row at least Gallardo on the mound

Colvin only got one home run in his last start. Not good enough.

that was actually sat, sun he was 1/5 or something with GIDP and Monday was a lefty... the HR was 3 whole days ago, far too long for Lou to remember

Lou's memory isn't any worse than mine. revised lineup on trib says he is in today, batting 4th.

revised lineup Revised #cubs lineup 2b riot, rf fuke, 1b lee, lf colvin, cf byrd, 3b font, c hill, ss castro, p lilly Ramirez getting his hand checked out again, could be DL'd by tomorrow. I assume Tracy would get called up.

This being the Cubs, Colvin will probably go 0-5 with 13 LOB

so what you all get me for Stephen Strasburg day?

21 draft picks who you'll never see in the majors. Sadly, we lost the gift receipt.

Nate Roberts went to the Twins in the 5th round - for those who wondered about him from AZ Phil's Friday post.

Wittenmeyer tweet on ARam's hand. At least Tracy is hotter than a pistol at AAA (per MW). I'll try to writeup up something when they give out more info on what testing they have done (i.e. MRI). If it's still bothering him, my guess is he has a torn ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb MCP joint (and it will be more than 2 weeks off if that's the case). Even if Tracy hits .260, it will be an upgrade from the offense we've been watching in the last 6-8 week. http://twitter.com/CST_CUBS http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://pa...
Chad Tracy sparked the offense for the Cubs, ending his day 4-for-4 with two solo home runs. It was Tracy's fourth four-hit game as an I-Cub and his first two-homer game.

If your diagnosis is accurate CUBSTER, or close, there should be a witch hunt, and investigation into wtf Hendry and Lou were doing to the detriment of the team, by continuing to trot out a player who was useless.

E-Man: are you talking about Soriano in 2009? E-man has a dream about Hendry... http://e-watchman.com/storage/Burning%20at%20...

I don't wanna be a sour banana here, but is it possible to cut off the post after, say, the first 3 draft picks? then have a 'click to continue reading'? I have to scroll down for 45 minutes to see if there are new comments. My life is difficult.

I did it after 4, I wasn't going to let you have your way.

I think Wilken has certainly done wonders for the Cubs minor league system, but I am trying to sort out this collection of draft picks. Anyone know if we actually drafted any legitimate potential power hitters? This was a pretty weak draft for power hitters but we certainly missed our chance in the first round with a guy like Cox (not that he is a guarantee eg. Ryan Harvey, Brian Dopirak). It is a glaring need in the minor league system that Wilken seem averse to drafting.

if I recall my Tim Wilken 101, he said something to the effect that the legit power hitters are gonna go by the first 3-5 rounds and he really doesn't bother much past that. Albert Pujols notwithstanding...or Piazza and his steroid cycle. and I'm sure there are 100's of examples beyond those.

I don't know that the need for anything is glaring in the Cubs' minors. They have one team (Tennessee) in first place, two over .500 and a fourth (Daytona) with plenty of talent fighting to get to .500. Drafting power-hitting first and third basemen was never a good idea and Wilken has focused instead on two-way players and up-the-middle players. I thought he made occasional exceptions until I read somewhere (maybe AZ Phil) that Rebel Ridling was a slick fielder. Almost every outfielder in the system could play center if he had to. A good example is Tyler Colvin, who might develop into a power hitter but meanwhile can play center and get around the bases like Pie. On a related subject, eight Cub minor leaguers from two teams have been named to all-star teams this week: Shafer, Dolis and Jackson from Daytona and Lee, Cerda, Watkins, McNutt and Leverton from Peoria.

Vitters wasn't drafted for his glove.

You don't get too many #3 picks, and that's not how Wilken makes his living. With a #3 like Vitters, he was trying to hit a home run. But if Vitters is not a hitting star he won't make it. If you field like Aramis, you have to hit like Aramis. That's assuming that what we read about Vitters' glove is mostly true, which it might not be.

Submitted by skavoovee on Tue, 06/08/2010 - 10:10pm. I think Wilken has certainly done wonders for the Cubs minor league system, but I am trying to sort out this collection of draft picks. Anyone know if we actually drafted any legitimate potential power hitters? This was a pretty weak draft for power hitters but we certainly missed our chance in the first round with a guy like Cox (not that he is a guarantee eg. Ryan Harvey, Brian Dopirak). It is a glaring need in the minor league system that Wilken seem averse to drafting. ===================================== SKAVOOVEE: 2nd round pick Reggie Golden is a legitimate power prospect, and 20th round pick Ryan Cuneo should hit some HR, at least in "A" ball. .

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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 1 min ago (view)

    I strongly believe that there will be some major changes on the Cubs after this season, even if the Cubs somehow win the World Series. There won't be a tear-down/rebuild lke 2012-14, but I can see the Cubs going younger.


  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 36 min ago (view)

    I think Jon Lester wil be treated as a much-respected "franchise legend" next season, getting the honor of starting on Opening Day, but then being considered the #3 or #4 starter after that before getting his well-earned $10M "golden parachute" after the season. He won't be disrepected by the club, but his time as the go-to guy at the top of the rotation will be over. (Actually it's already over). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 57 min ago (view)

    Keep in mind that Yu Darvish does have an opt-out after this season, so if he and/or his agent think he can get at least 4/$81M (which is what he presently is owed 2020-23) as a post-2019 FA he could opt-out.   


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 24 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Colin Rea hasn't pitched in almost two weeks so I doubt that the Cubs will call him up (they probably should have assigned him to the AFL to get him back into SP shape, but they didn't). That said, If the Cubs were to call-up Rea right now (and they would really need to do it ASAP for him to be useful as a SP) they could recall Justin Steele and place him on the 60-day IL to open up a spot on the 40 for Rea, so that part really isn't a problem. 


  • Charlie 2 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Regarding last night's 9th: Kyle Ryan unwilling or unable to throw his curveball is a little ugly.


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 38 min ago (view)

    SS Zack Short (replacing Nico Hoerner) and RHRP Scott Effross have been added to the AFL Mesa Solar Sox roster. 


  • bradsbeard 2 hours 40 min ago (view)

    With all of Lester, Hamels, and Q struggling, how likely would you say a Graveman or Rea callup would be at this point in the season to add some long man depth or even take one of those guys’ next turns? Assuming they could call up Steele and place him on the 60 day IL to free up a roster spot. Obviously there’s the matter of Graveman’s bonus but Rea would be relatively cheap for two weeks. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Maybe Rizzo can wear Bill Buckner high-tops. It's not like Rizz was a fast runner to begin with. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 46 min ago (view)

    DJL: I think Cole Hamels has probably pitched his way out of a QO.

    Even though it means the Cubs won't get a compensation draft pick were Hamels to sign elsewhere prior to next June's draft, the danger in offering a QO would be that he would either accept the QO and tie-up about $20M in 2020 payroll, or decline the QO and then (like Keuchel and Kimbrel) wait until after the June draft to sign with another club so that the Cubs wouldn't get a draft pick. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Yeah him and Q both have been pretty crappy down the stretch. I wonder if Hamels is pitching his way out of a qualifying offer.


  • crunch 19 hours 33 min ago (view)

    cole hamels continues to suck.

    3.1, 4.1, 3.1 innings his last 3 starts.  he hasn't been the same since coming back after his july injury rest.


  • crunch 20 hours 30 min ago (view)

    so far so good...

    go schwarb

    it's kinda frightening that schwarb in LF is a better option than schwarb playing 1st with rizzo out.  i wonder how bad it really is...


  • crunch 23 hours 18 min ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini (1st) / heyward / hoe / ham


  • crunch 23 hours 20 min ago (view)

    rizzo to wear a boot for 5-7 days then they'll see where it goes from there.


  • Charlie 1 day 14 min ago (view)

    It makes sense, for sure. I'm more concerned about the Brewers than the Nats, though. The optimal outcome would be Cubs sweep, Nats sweep, Brewers get swept. Can't pass the Nats that way, but can take the division lead and put the Brewers further back.

    Odds on that (using Fangraphs #s):

    Cubs sweep: 24.6%

    Cubs sweep and Cards get swept: 4.9%

    Cubs sweep, Cards get swept, Brewers get swept: 0.29%

    I can dream.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    I just want whatever will maximize the odds of the playoffs. The Cubs have the opportunity to take care of the Cards themselves. Ideally there is still a wild card slot for them if they can’t.