Category: The Draft

2013 First Year Player Draft Signing Database

As the Cubs sign their picks, this list will reflect who has been signed and how much they signed for.  Picks after the 10th round can get up to a $100K bonus without that counting against the bonus pool.  While it may not be known how much any of them signed for, that is likely the most it will end up being.

Round 1, 2nd overall: Kris Bryant, 3B, University of San Diego

Round 2, 41 overall: Rob Zastryzny, LHP, Missouri – Signed 6/17/2013, $1.1M

Round 3, 75 Overall: Jacob Hannemann, CF, BYU – Signed 6/19/2013, $1M

Round 4, 108 Overall: Tyler Skulina, RHP, Kent State – Signed, 6/16/2013, $800K

Round 5, 138 Overall: Trey Masek, RHP, Texas Tech – Signed 6/18/2013, $357K

Round 6, 168 Overall: Scott Frazier, RHP, Pepperdine – Signed 6/19/2013

Round 7, 198 Overall: David Garner, RHP, Michigan State – Signed 6/19/2013, $175K

Round 8, 228 Overall: Sam Wilson, LHP, Lamar Community College – Signed 6/19/2013, $130K

Round 9, 258 Overall: Charcer Burks, CF, William B Travis HS, TX – Signed 6/12/2013, $170K

Round 10, 288 Overall: Zachary Godley, RHP, Tennessee – Signed 6/18/2013, $35K

Round 11, 318 Overall: Jordan Hankins, C, Austin Peay – Signed 6/14/2013

Round 12, 348 Overall: Trevor Clifton, RHP, Heritage HS, TN – Signed 6/8/2013, Unknown terms.  Said he got what he wanted, which was “third round money”

Round 13, 378 Overall: Trevor Graham, RHP, Franklin Pierce University – Signed 6/21/2013

Round 14, 408 Overall: Daniel Poncedeleon, RHP, Houston, TX

Round 15, 438 Overall: Michael Wagner, RHP, University of San Diego – Signed 6/13/2013

Round 16, 468 Overall: Cael Brockmeyer, C, Cal State Bakersfield – Signed 6/18/2013

Round 17, 498 Overall: Kelvin Freeman, 1B, North Carolina A&T State – Signed 6/21/2013

Round 18, 528 Overall: Giuseppe Papaccio, SS, Seton Hall – Signed 6/18/2013

Round 19, 558 Overall: Will Remillard, C, Coastal Carolina

Round 20, 588 Overall: Zak Blair, 2B, Mercyhurst College – Signed 6/11/2013

Round 21, 618 Overall: Joshua McCauley, RHP, Shepherd College – Signed

Round 22, 648 Overall: Kevin Brown, LF, Bryant University – Signed 6/11/2013

Round 23, 678 Overall: Tyler Ihrig, LHP, Marin Community College -Signed 6/12/2013

Round 24, 708 Overall: Tyler Alamo, C, Cypress HS, CA – Signed 7/7/2013

Round 25, 738 Overall: Marcus Doi, OF, Mid-Pacific Institute

Round 26, 768 Overall: Carlos Pena, C, Southwest Miami HS, FL

Round 27, 798 Overall: Tyler Sciacca, CF, Villanova – Signed 6/11/2013

Round 28, 828 Overall: Brad Renner, RHP, Florida State College – Signed

Round 29, 858 Overall: John Garcia, CF, Denbigh HS, VA

Round 30, 888 Overall: Zak Hermans, RHP, Princeton, NJ – Signed 6/9/2013

Round 31, 918 Overall: Sean Johnson, RHP, Western Iowa CC

Round 32, 948 Overall: Keaton Leach, RHP, Glendale College, CA

Round 33, 978 Overall: Chris Madera, CF, Northwest Florida State College

Round 34, 1008 Overall: Jake Thompson, RHP, Siuslaw HS, OR

Round 35, 1038 Overall: Ramsey Romano, SS, Valhalla HS, CA

Round 36, 1068 Overall: Derek Campbell, SS, California

Round 37, 1098 Overall: Jeremy Martinez, C, Mater Dei HS, CA

Round 38, 1128 Overall: Zack Brown, RHP, Seymour HS, IN

Round 39, 1158 Overall: Josh Greene, CF, Forest HS, FL

Round 40, 1188 Overall: Patrick Riley, LF, Delgado College, LA

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Cubs First Year Player Draft Recap

The recap comes a day late, as I was at Wrigley yesterday, and driving from Madison for a day game requires an early departure…

(* NOTE ON SCOUTING REPORTS- I am not a scout.  My reports are collaborations of Baseball America, ESPN’s Keith Law, and MLB.com scouting reports.  Typically, I take information common to at least 2/3 of the reports.  My thinking is, if more than one scout is seeing something, there is more likelihood that it’s a solid piece of information.)

As I noted on Thursday night, the Cubs selected big time power hitting 3B/ OF Kris Bryant with the second overall pick.  This was a mild surprise because the Cubs were tied to one of the two big name pitchers, Mark Appel from Stanford and Jonathan Gray from Oklahoma.  It isn’t a big surprise that the Cubs are going to start with Bryant at 3B, according to Jason McLeod, who leads the player development staff.  I suspect, though, his size is going to push him into one of the outfield corners, where he projects to be an average or above fielder  (At this point, I will allow you to drool over an outfield of Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, and Jorge Soler…).  He was drafted for his bat, though.  His 31 HRs outpaced roughly 3/4 of division one college teams.  Bryant, himself, says he could step in and play in the majors now.  The earliest I would expect him to suit up in the big league uniform is as a potential September call up in 2014.  Assuming he gets signed and he shows some advanced skills, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to see him start at AA Tennessee, as early as this season.

Cubs 2nd Round Pick Rob Zastryzny Photo: Mizzou Athletics

Cubs 2nd Round Pick Rob Zastryzny
Photo: Mizzou Athletics

Second Round pick, LHP Rob Zastryzny has been tagged by everyone outside of the Cubs organization as a “finesse” pitcher.  That’s not a totally unfair assessment of him, with a fastball that ranges from mid-80s to mid-90s, but being able to crank it up to the mid-90s shows some good ability to change speeds.  Overall, he has a three pitch array of Fastball-Change Up- Slider, which he commands fairly well, and all have the chance to be roughly league average.  The consensus is that he has a ceiling of a middle of the rotation starter, but his higher floor makes him a safe second round pick.

As the draft progressed, the Cubs continued to select college pitching prospects.  The 4th-8th round picks were all pitchers out of college or community college, which was entirely expected heading into the draft.  The 3rd round pick, CF Jacob Hannemann was fascinating because of his inexperience at the collegiate level, but the token comparison to Jacoby Ellsbury has made a lot of fans excited about him.  While he is behind the progression curve for his age because he went on his Mormon mission after high school (should be around AA), his upside makes him a strong pick at that point in the draft.  The pitching selections seemed to echo the comments by Jed Hoyer before the draft, that the best relief pitchers are failed starters.  It would stand to reason, assuming they sign, that Tyler Skulina, Trey Masek, Scott Frazier, David Garner, and Sam Wilson will all get the opportunity to start in the minor leagues, and moved to the ‘pen if required.

Overall, I disagree with the notion that this draft was a signal that the rebuild is being pushed back, as was a popular comment shortly after Bryant was selected.  It seems to me that the Cubs took the player they thought would have had the most impact.  While it may have stunted the growth of the organizations young pitching by not having one of the big arms from this draft in the system, it does not set back the rebuild.  The system is packed pretty tightly with some solid prospects in both the infield and outfield, so there is some chance that turns itself into young pitching…not to mention the existence of this year’s trade deadline.  Also, Steve Stone said on CSN Chicago’s Sportsnet Central that the selection of Bryant means that Starlin Castro is going to get traded.  That’s absurd.  Tying the selection of Bryant and a potential trade of Castro is like saying that tripping on a curb is going to cause food poisoning.  No wonder the Cubs and ESPN canned Stone.

 

 

Cubs Day Three Draft Picks

Today is the last day of the 2013 First Year Player Draft, and the Cubs will make 30 selections in total.  There aren’t a ton of major league players taken out of these rounds, but you can never say never.

Round 11, 318 Overall: Jordan Hankins, C, Austin Peay

Round 12, 348 Overall: Trevor Clifton, RHP, Heritage HS, TN

Round 13, 378 Overall: Trevor Graham, RHP, Franklin Pierce University

Round 14, 408 Overall: Daniel Poncedeleon, RHP, Houston, TX

Round 15, 438 Overall: Michael Wagner, RHP, University of San Diego

Round 16, 468 Overall: Cael Brockmeyer, C, Cal State Bakersfield

Round 17, 498 Overall: Kelvin Freeman, 1B, North Carolina A&T State

Round 18, 528 Overall: Giuseppe Papaccio, SS, Seton Hall

Round 19, 558 Overall: Will Remillard, C, Coastal Carolina

Round 20, 588 Overall: Zak Blair, 2B, Mercyhurst College

Round 21, 618 Overall: Joshua McCauley, RHP, Shepherd College

Round 22, 648 Overall: Kevin Brown, LF, Bryant University

Round 23, 678 Overall: Tyler Ihrig, LHP, Marin Community College

Round 24, 708 Overall: Tyler Alamo, C, Cypress HS, CA

Round 25, 738 Overall: Marcus Doi, OF, Mid-Pacific Institute

Round 26, 768 Overall: Carlos Pena, C, Southwest Miami HS, FL

Round 27, 798 Overall: Tyler Sciacca, CF, Villanova

Round 28, 828 Overall: Brad Renner, RHP, Florida State College

Round 29, 858 Overall: John Garcia, CF, Denbigh HS, VA

Round 30, 888 Overall: Zak Hermans, RHP, Princeton, NJ

Round 31, 918 Overall: Sean Johnson, RHP, Western Iowa CC

Round 32, 948 Overall: Keaton Leach, RHP, Glendale College, CA

Round 33, 978 Overall: Chris Madera, CF, Northwest Florida State College

Round 34, 1008 Overall: Jake Thompson, RHP, Siuslaw HS, OR

Round 35, 1038 Overall: Ramsey Romano, SS, Valhalla HS, CA

Round 36, 1068 Overall: Derek Campbell, SS, California

Round 37, 1098 Overall: Jeremy Martinez, C, Mater Dei HS, CA

Round 38, 1128 Overall: Zack Brown, RHP, Seymour HS, IN

Round 39, 1158 Overall: Josh Greene, CF, Forest HS, FL

Round 40, 1188 Overall: Patrick Riley, LF, Delgado College, LA

 

And that’ll do it for the Cubs in the 2013 Draft.  Probably not many (if any) major league players in this group.  These players are most likely to go unsigned.  But you never know.

Cubs Day Two Draft Picks

The 3rd – 10th rounds of the 2013 First Year player draft are today, June 7th,  and the Cubs will open up their  day with the 2nd pick in the 3rd round, and select 2nd in each round through the 40th round tomorrow.

Round 3, 75 Overall: Jacob Hannemann, CF, BYU

Round 4, 108 Overall: Tyler Skulina, RHP, Kent State

Round 5, 138 Overall: Trey Masek, RHP, Texas Tech

Round 6, 168 Overall: Scott Frazier, RHP, Pepperdine

Round 7, 198 Overall: David Garner, RHP, Michigan State

Round 8, 228 Overall: Sam Wilson, LHP, Lamar Community College

Round 9, 258 Overall: Charcer Burks, CF, William B Travis HS, TX

Round 10, 288 Overall: Zachary Godley, RHP, Tennessee

 

This is the last round of selections today.  Rounds 11-40 will be tomorrow.

Cubs Select Kris Bryant

Apparently, the Cubs have a disconnect between the baseball side of the house and the business side of the house.  Getting a new video board to hit with baseballs seems like a financial liability and sending baseballs flying across

Photo: University of San Diego Athletics

Photo: University of San Diego Athletics

Waveland and Sheffield to bounce off the rooftop buildings is not how to go about making nice with the neighbors.

In what is at least a mild surprise, the Cubs went with Kris Bryant with the second pick in this year’s amateur draft.  Bryant is a third baseman (for now) with big time power, hitting 31 home runs this season for the University of San Diego.  In a conference call tonight, Bryant said, “I’m open to playing anywhere in the field as long as I’m in middle of the lineup.”  That’s music to my ears, because with players like Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and Darwin Barney already in the organization, he may find himself in the corner outfield.  He projects positively as a right or left fielder.  The organization is going to start him at third, however, according to Jason McLeod.

While Bryant bolts up the Cubs organizational prospect rankings, I still see him as the fifth best prospect.  While I love his power and plate discipline, there is a better than average chance he moves off of the hot corner and he is not likely to hit for a very high average.  Many of the scouting reports I’ve read say he is a .270-.280 average type, while ESPN’s Keith Law says he is in the .260-.270 range.  As far as positional players go, he does not overtake any of the three players who have been in the system this season that we all know of.  Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, and Javier Baez are all better prospects, in my opinion.  Soler and Almora have higher average ceilings, and Almora plays a premium defensive position in center field.  Baez projects to be the same type of hitter as Bryant in many respects, but is better suited defensively at third base.  None of this is to knock Bryant.  He’s got game changing power, and that’s hard to find.  To say that a player selected second overall (and deservedly so) is only the fourth best position prospect in the system is a feather in the cap of the front office.  Jed Hoyer, Theo Epstein, and Jason McLeod have built a strong organization at the lower levels.  This selection only helps that.

2013 Cubs Draft Preview

There are two major things to know in this draft:

  1. It is not a deep draft at all.
  2. The Cubs are guaranteed to get one of the two big prizes in this draft, if they so choose.

The two prizes I speak of are Stanford pitcher, Mark Appel and Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray.  San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant also has some potential to go at this slot because the Epstein/ Hoyer regime views pitching as an “anytime in the draft” possibility, while hitters are top of the draft players.  That remains an interesting thought as the draft approaches next week.

Photo: Larry Goren, Four Seam Images/ AP Images

Photo: Larry Goren, Four Seam Images/ AP Images

Who the Cubs Take at Number Two:  P Mark Appel, Stanford

Obviously, this will change if the Astros shock the world and select him first.  The consensus is that the Astros will select a player who they can sign at below the slotted value of the number one pick, however.   Unlike the Cubs’ approach, the Astros are taking the “quantity over quality” approach to rebuilding.  That’s not to say the Cubs don’t want a lot of good players, but the Astros are willing to forsake big time impact for good players at this point in time.  This means the Cubs will likely be able to select Appel with number two.  A number of prognosticators have the Astros selecting North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran number one, which gives the Cubs their pick of Gray and Appel.  While I think Gray has the higher ceiling, Appel isn’t too far below him, and his floor is higher.  The front office knows they can’t miss with this pick, and Appel is as “can’t miss” as there is in this draft.

Appel, himself has a great fastball and nice secondary stuff.  After turning down the Pirates last season, the over-whelming likelihood is that he does sign this year.  Because he is a senior this year, he is not bound to the same signing deadline as he was as a junior.  He has until the 2014 draft to sign.  I don’t see it taking that long.  I think he signs, and he’ll get every penny of the Cubs’ #2 draft slot money.  His polish and ability could have him pitching in MLB today, so he is exactly the type of guy the Cubs could add to their system, and he would be the undisputed #1 pitching prospect in the organization, and in my opinion, the #1 prospect in the organization.

In the interest of being thorough, Jonathan Gray would be a sweet consolation prize.  His ceiling is higher than that of Appel, and there have been low murmurs that Theo Epstein favors his 80 grade heater (according to Keith Law).  His fastball has been clocked at 100 and the he has a wipe out slider.  He needs to develop his change up, and is not as major league ready as Appel, but he would not be long to the major leagues when he is selected.

How the Rest of it Shakes Out:

Pitching, pitching, and more pitching.  This front office has made it crystal clear to anyone who’s listened that they are going to bulk select pitchers because they can be had from all over the draft.  With the organization being deficient in quality arms in the minor league system, this year will almost invariably shake out just like last season, when the Cubs took pitcher after pitcher.  Even with the probable selection of either Appel or Gray, that will not change the strategy for the rest of the draft.  They are going to go heavy on pitchers.

What it Means Going Forward:

Adding Appel or Gray would be adding the impact piece that the Cubs need to speed the rebuild.  Both would be top 4 prospects in the organization, with Appel claiming the top slot if he’s the guy.  With some depth in the infield and outfield in the organization, adding pitching to it would greatly improve an already greatly improved farm system going forward.

Organizational Top 5 Projections:

If Mark Appel is selected –

  1. P Mark Appel
  2. SS Javier Baez
  3. OF Jorge Soler
  4. OF Albert Almora
  5. P Arodys Vizcaino

If Jonathan Gray is selected –

  1. SS Javier Baez
  2. OF Jorge Soler
  3. OF Albert Almora
  4. P Jonathan Gray
  5. P Arodys Vizcaino

If Kris Bryant is selected –

  1. SS Javier Baez
  2. OF Jorge Soler
  3. OF Albert Almora
  4. P Arodys Vizcaino
  5. 3B Kris Bryant