A couple of weeks ago, we did a preview of some prospects who could break out this summer. Most of them were at Eugene and Arizona. Today, the Eugene Emeralds begin their 76 game season. Not surprisingly, Eloy made the roster which was released yesterday. 23 other prospects also made the roster; some you know, some you don’t. We will profile the team’s as of today as 6 spots have yet to be filled.
WHO DID MAKE THE ROSTER
The Initial roster contains 24 names. The team can have 30 at one time. They can only have 25 active for each game with ten of them being pitchers.
Pitchers: Adbert Alzolay, Pedro Araujo, Jordan Brink, Oscar de la Cruz. Andin Diaz, Greyfer Eregua, Jae-Hoon Ha, Corbin Hoffner, Dillon Maples, Jose Paulino, Carson Sands, Alexander Santana, Justin Steele, and Sam Wilson
Pitcher to Watch: Oscar de la Cruz
While Sands and Steele are better known, de la Cruz is not. He spent last year in the Dominican Summer League. The 20 year old right hander went 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 14 starts. He struck out 64 in 75 innings.
The bullpen does have some experience. Maples and Hoffner are likely on their last go around at this level, while Brink will be getting his first crack at starting alongside Sands, Steele, and de la Cruz. It should be interesting to see how this staff develops. It will likely change a lot as recent draftees come in and out of the bullpen and some pitchers, like Jose Paulino, get a crack at starting.
C –Justin Marra – comes down after spending most of the season at South Bend
1B – Tyler Alamo – moves from C to 1B
2B – Frandy Delarosa – exciting young IFA from the famed 2013 class – great bat
SS – Ho-Young Son – hearing great things about his all around game
3B – Adonis Paula
LF –Ricardo Marcano
CF – Kevonte Mitchell – Top 20 prospect with great speed
RF – Eloy Jimenez – Stud!
Bench – Varonex Cuevas, Alberto Mineo, and Erick Castillo
Everybody knows he is coming. Still, it is going to be fun to watch how he does in 76 games. The 6’4” 205 pound outfielder reminds many of a miniature Jorge Soler. MLB.com says of his potential:
Like Soler, Jimenez has huge raw power and fits the right-field profile to a tee. He looked raw but not overmatched while making his U.S. debut at age 17. His large, projectable frame is starting to add strength and already generates impressive bat speed and leverage. He shows the makings of plate discipline and pitch recognition, which will increase his chances of fully tapping into his home run potential.
With Sands, Steele, Mitchell, and Jimenez, that’s four of the Cubs top 30 prospects on one roster. It should be an exciting summer in Eugene watching that talent develop! I think after Eloy and Kevonte, the middle infield of Delarosa and Son should be exciting. And when the draftees come, it should be interesting to see how long they stay there. Regardless, it will be a potent young lineup.
WHO DID NOT MAKE THE ROSTER…YET – Four to Watch For
There were a few names expected to be on the Eugene roster who did not make it for a variety of reasons.
P – Austyn Willis – the young 6’6” right handed starter was thought to be on par developmentally with Sands and Steele. Clearly, this is not the case. On the other hand, he is clearly not far behind. Having just turned 19 last Saturday, there is no rush on the big righty. He could be staying behind to work on a pitch or his delivery or have a minor injury. I am not too concerned.
C – Tyler Pearson – he’s in Tennessee right now. The 2014 draftee from is getting some experience in as a backup after the promotion of Kyle Schwarber. He may rejoin the team later.
1B – Joey Martarano – After taking a year off followed by limited playing time, the power hitting first baseman/linebacker should get to see Eugene before too long. If his extended spring stats are any indication, he is close to being ready.
OF – Calvin Graves – He needs to play every day. With Mitchell and Jimenez in front of him, he would rarely see the field. Might be a good thing he stays in Arizona.
WHO COULD STILL MAKE THE ROSTER
The usual “Modus Operandi” for the Cubs, even for Bryant and Schwarber, is to have draftees do an orientation on “The Cubs Way” for a week in Mesa and then get shipped off to the Northwest League. That could change this year. While many of the college position players drafted this year should end up in Euegene, Ian Happ and Donnie Dewees could skip it altogether. Their bats might be advanced enough to start at South Bend.
But, it would not surprise me to see the twosome in Eugene if only for a week. They will likely be added to the roster next week sometime with 3B Matt Rose being a player to keep an eye on along with OF Alex Bautista. Both have excellent plate control with possible power.
With all these young players and draftees coming on and off the roster, the short season team will see its share of roster moves. Playing late at night on the west coast does not provide the affiliate with a lot of press back in Chicago, but this site will do its best to keep up with the team this summer. It has the makings of something special.
Those Cubs are sneaky. In the midst of the Blackhawks winning their third Stanley Cup since 2010, the Chicago Cubs promoted Kyle Schwarber from AA Tennessee to Chicago for the next 6 days! After those six days as a DH and a 3rd catcher, Schwarber will return to the minors to AAA Iowa. It will be a good sneak peak for the young catcher, and for the Cubs who could call him up in the stretch as he would be a valuable bat should the Cubs make the playoffs this year.
Schwarber is currently ranked as the number two prospect in the system by MLB.com and the number one prospect here at The Cub Junction’s Top 21 Prospect List.
Schwarber becomes the second propsect drafted by the Theo Epstein regime to make it to the majors. Schwarber, the Cubs Hitter of the Month for May, was drafted in the 1st round by the Cubs in 2014. Last year he played at Boise, Kane County, and Daytona. This year he has been solely at Tennessee working on his catching skills. His bat has been amazing! He is currently hitting .318 with 13 HRs and 39 RBIs in 57 games. His OBP is a silly .439 and his OPS is 1.017 which is phenomenal.
Today I added a new page to The Cub Junction. It is a top prospects page!
Unlike MLB.com who has 30, I have only 21. It just fits better.
I don’t have any text, just baseball cards…a fitting theme on the site.
Use the bar underneath the banner to access the list.
If you are on your phone, click here.
The next time I update it will be after some international free agency signings take place starting on July 2 or a trade of one of the prospects. I will likely update the page every 6 to 8 weeks during the season and occasionally in the off season after a trade.
- The Cubs are back in the wild card spot after falling out of the position for a week. Winners of four of their last six, the Cubs are using timely hitting, some quality starts, and a good bullpen to pull out wins. It hasn’t been pretty at times as the offense has failed to score runs early in games, but they have scored when they needed to.
- The bullpen has been lights out in June with a 1.89 ERA. Still, the front office is concerned. The Cubs went out and signed free agent Rafael Soriano to a minor league deal. I am OK with that decision. Let him earn his way back to the big leagues. There have been rumblings that the Cubs are also interested in current Phillies closer Johnathan Papelbon. I am not a fan of his, but he is pitching well this year. I am also not in favor of giving up of prospects to get him.
- The Cubs will be playing some interleague games in Cleveland and Minnesota. Like Papelbon rumblings, the Twitterverse has been afire with the talk of bringing up Kyle Schwarber or Dan Vogelbach to DH in those games. I don’t think it’s worth it to eat up a year of either player’s service time for just five games. If the Cubs are in the mix for a division championship, then that is a different discussion. But for a wild spot, I don’t think it would be worth it.
- The Fourth Starter – Tsuyoshi Wada’s short outing and second poor start in a row have many Cub fans concerned. Manager Joe Maddon thinks Wada’s problems are all mental. Picking are slim in the Cubs system are slim but there are some good signs about who could replace him. Jacob Turner began his rehab in Tennessee. He has made two starts and is up to about 54 pitches. He still has a ways to go. In addition, Top 10 Cubs prospect Pierce Johnson made his season debut, also for Tennessee going three innings without a run. Dallas Beeler finally had a good start at Iowa and Donn Roach and his 2.07 ERA could even get a crack. I don’t think the Cubs are going after a pitcher here in the next 6 weeks as the price in prospects is just too high.
- First Half Standings – The minor leagues are just about done with the first half of the standings. It looks like only Myrtle Beach is going to qualify for the playoffs. Tennessee is 3 games behind and have a tough road ahead of them. Iowa is 7.5 games but four games above .500. South Bend, after a disastrous road trip in mid to late May is out of the running at 26-33 despite having a very talented team.
- All-Star Season – South Bend has five All-Stars in Jeremy Null, James Farris, Gleyber Torres, Cael Brockmeyer, and Charcer Burks. The Smokies topped them with seven All-Stars in Schwarber, Vogelbach, Pena, Bautista, Black, PJ Francescon, and Wilson Contreras. Myrtle Beach garnered three players in the classic midsummer game with Mark Zagunis, Duane Underwood, and Johnathan Martinez.
- The Eugene Emeralds join the Cubs family when they begin play on Thursday June 18. Their roster will be announced next week but should include such high profile players as Carson Sands, Justin Steele, Eloy Jimenez, Joey Martarano, Ho-Young Son, and Kevonte Mitchell. It will also include some recent draftees.
- The Arizona Rookie League starts the week after on June 21 and will include a lot of draftees from the past two classes. Big names would include Bryan Hudson, Ryan Kellogg, Preston Morrison, and Casey Bloomquist in short starts and position players DJ Wilson, and Matt Rose.
- The Cubs Top Prospect List on MLB.com will change quite a bit in the next month as draftees and International Free Agents are added. Some names that might be added to the list include draftees Ian Happ, Donnie Dewees, and Bryan Hudson; and current players Chesny Young, Ryan Williams, Wilson Contreras, and Cael Brockmeyer. Some players currently on the list who might fall off could be Rob Zastryzny, Paul Blackburn, Daniel Lockhart, Erick Jokisch, Bijan Rademacher, and Ivan Pineyro. It should be an interesting list to see. I think Happ could get as high as 10 or 11.
- Javy Baez – He’s coming back, but not anytime soon. I say by the end of July or middle of August the young kid (he’s still only 22) will be in the lineup. Maybe, he’ll be at third, short, or second, but he will get a second chance.
Minor League Players of the Week
Pitcher – Tyler Skulina –Myrtle Beach – 7 innings, 7 Ks, and no runs allowed for Myrtle Beach last night. I watch the game and he was throwing free and easy topping out at 94, but most of the time, he hugged 92 and 93. He is not the same pitcher he was at Kane County and seems ripe for a promotion during the second half. After a 7+ ERA in April, Skulina’s ERA the past six weeks is under 2 and at 3.27 despite a 2-4 record.
Hitter – Chesny Young – Myrtle Beach – Chesny hit usual .380 on the week. It’s what he does, it’s who he is. He just hits. Since being moved from Myrtle Beach a little over a month ago, Young has hit .368 and has been moved around the diamond to allow Daniel Lockhart to hit second. Young has played 2B, SS, 3B, LF, and RF. It doesn’t seem to be bothering his hitting at all.
Promotions, International Free Agency, and the Cubs are contenders – playing games that matter after July 1.
You can’t grade a draft class for a long time afterwards. You need to see how many players make it to the big leagues and for that to happen, a lot of development has to take place and a lot of time has to pass. For hitters, those that make it take 3-5 years, while pitchers take 5-7. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber are exceptions to that rule. I think this year’s number one pick, Ian Happ, could make it fast, too; just not as fast as Bryant did and it looks like Kyle Schwarber is going to.
This year’s draft class did not have a lot of strong players, especially hitters at the college level. The Cubs arguably got two of the best hitters in Ian Happ and Tommy Dewees. The more I read and hear about them, the more I like. Here is Happ on the Kap and Haugh show this morning.
I came away really impressed by the young ballplayer. I know he is a good hitter, but is he a great one? I know scouts derailed against his fielding, but that can be improved. The thing to remember about Happ is that he was the only star on a poor team at Cincinnati. In spite of that, the switch hitting Happ hit for high numbers. After a while, I began to think what could he do if he was surrounded by other good players? I really think he could start out at South Bend. I don’t think he will, but it won’t take him or second round pick Donnie Dewees long to get there this summer.
The Cubs did well with the first two picks and continued to build on them the next two days by selecting players that throw left handed, hit left handed, control the strike zone, have the potential to hit for power, throw on a downhill plane, were closers in college, and possess some serious speed. As I began to classify the picks, I knew who I liked a lot, who I liked some, but there a lot of players who I am undecided because I have a lot of questions about their play. Most of those questions will be answered this summer after they sign and start playing ball in Eugene and Mesa, and a few in South Bend.
|Who I Like a lot||Who I like||Undecided||Hard to Sign|
|Ian Happ, Donnie Dewees, Bryan Hudson, David Berg, Craig Brooks, Matt Rose, Jake Kelzer, Scott Effross, John Cresto, Jared Cheek, Alex Bautista, *John Kilichowski||Ryan Kellogg, Casey Bloomquist, Preston Morrison, and Kyle Twomey||Tyler Peitzmeier, Kyle Miller, John Williamson, PJ Higgins, Michael Foster, Blake Headley, Vimael Machin, Angelo Amendolare, Marcus Mastrobuoni, Ian Rice, Tayler Payne, Daniel Spignola, MT Minacci, Cody Hawken, Donnie Cimino, Dominic DeRenzo||DJ Wilson, Jared Padgett, Delvin Zinn, Fitz Stadler, Tayler Jones, Alonzo Jones, and Ryan Supple*
To be honest, I think the Cubs front office did the best they could in a weak draft. Out of all the drafts in the Theo era, this one, on the surface, has the least high end talent. However, time is on this draft’s side. There are a large number of picks that I like a lot and there are a lot of undecideds. It does remind of the 2012 draft. That draft is taking a long time to develop the talent.
The players I like a lot are a mix of big tall pitchers, speed, some power potential, and pitchers with closing and high stress bullpen roles. I like the fact that the Cubs basically took four closers in Brooks, Cheek, Effross, and Berg. Hudson and Kelzer are both 6’7″+. Throwing on that kind of plane is a distinct advantage at the next level (see Jeremy Null and the year he is having).
If the Cubs can snag John Kilichowski, that would be a great steal. The young lefty comes from a premium program and could blossom as a pro after playing behind Fullmer, Buehler, and Ferguson in college.
I really think Brooks and Bautista could surprise some people and be very good minor league players the next two years with their power and plate discipline. In fact, I think Bautista is this year’s breakout player like Kevonte Mitchell was in 2014.
I like Twomey and Kellogg for their track records as experienced starters in top programs. The same could be said of Preston Morrison but I am not sure of his delivery and how that will play at the next level. All three should sail through short season ball (if they throw this year) and be tested at South Bend next year.
The players I put in the undecided column I just don’t know that much about them and their skills. Casey Bloomquist might be one who surprises me the most and quickly to moves to the left on the table. Here he is describing his outing after beating a top notch program UC Santa Barbara.
I would love to see the Cubs sign all the players in the “Hard to Sign” column, but that is just not feasible as those young players would command near first or second round money to break their college signings. It would be nice to see the speed of Zinn, Alonzo Jones, and Wilson. But here’s the thing: DJ Wilson might be a hard sign. If he doesn’t sign and goes to Vandy, that opens up that money to someone else. I would love to ink Stadler, who like Hudson and Kelzler, is another big and tall pitcher.
I think the Cubs front office did the best they could with the draft. However, they did not take the best player available every time. They took players they think they can sign and develop. They still stick to taking the best bat available the first few rounds, but once round 7 got here, the BPA Strategy went out the window early and often in this draft.
The draft in 2016 is loaded with high end talent. At the current pace the big league is playing, their top pick in next year’s draft will be a better talent than the number one pick this year. That’s how good and how scary that draft will be.
Next Week: Now that the draft is done, international free agency is a couple of weeks away.
I feel like I have spent most of yesterday on the road. It was only five hours, but that is a haul for me. Driving through Western Illinois and Southeast Iowa kept me busy all day. I had to sneak a peek every now and then at the draft but haven’t had much time until now to analyze what the Cubs did on day 3.
Overall, I think the Cubs drafted players they feel they can develop. And, they also selected several high profile prep names they gave little chance of signing in back half of the draft. Speed was a theme, high make up was a trait most of them have, and there were a lot of left handed hitters and pitchers selected.
Of the 30 picks on day 3, the Cubs will be doing well to sign 15 of the players. If they sign any of the prep stars, it will be a major bonus! As players sign the next two weeks, I will profile each signee. Most of these picks, save the relievers, will start out in the Arizona Rookie League once they sign.
Let’s start with who they drafted…
Matt Rose from Georgia State led off the day as the first pick in the 11th round. The big 3B/1B is recovering from TJS but hit 16 homers, is known as a patient hitter, and controls the zone.
There were four other names that stuck out to me for picks 11-20: Kyle Twomey, Scott Effross, John Cresto, and Jake Kelzer. Effross and Kelzer were both pitchers for Indiana. Kelzer is another one of the 6’7″/6’8″ giant pitchers the Cubs are enamored with lately. Effross was the closer and shold move quickly this year. Twomey was the most well known of the group pitching for USC. He pitches mostly to contact – he does that really well. He could add a couple of ticks as he has some projection left.
Here is profile of Twomey from Arizona Phil:
COMMENT: Selected by Oakland A’s in 3rd round of 2012 draft but did not sign… 9-3 with a 2.87 ERA .255 OppBA, allowing 87 hits (only two HR) and 38/68 BB/K in 93.2 IP (16 GS) for Trojans in 2015… lefty workhorse features an upper 80’s two-seamer with plus-movement that can touch 91, an above-average change-up, and a below-average curve… Ranked 14th-best prospect in Cape Cod League by Baseball America in 2014…
Cresto is unique pick because he was drafted high enough for the Cubs to sway his commitment to Santa Clara. He was also a teammate of first rounder Brady Aiken.
I expect most of these first ten to be signed quickly and assigned to Arizona Rookie League. As a reliever, Effross has a chance to move up quickly this year as his arm has little wear and tear.
What I liked about the second ten picks is that there are some high profile names in Jared Padgett, Delvin Zinn, and Sutton Whiting. Cheek was Georgia’s closer and should do well as a reliever. Whiting had a good glove for Louisville and the Cubs picked up 3 catchers who are now seeming to stockpile catchers.
Padgett, to me, was the fourth best pick out of 40 the Cubs selected. The odds of signing the young, projectable lefty is slim as it is with Zinn, a young, fast shortstop.
Here is an analysis on Padgett and what the Cubs might be missing from The Cub Reporter:
COMMENT: Raw athletic talent who will require time to develop… two-pitch pitcher at this point… best pitch is spike-curve… also throws fastball that sits at 90-91 MPH and touches 94, but he lacks command of the heater…
To be honest, most of these players are signable, too, except for Padgett and Zinn. The Cubs picked more college seniors in this group.
TOP SURPRISE PICK: Bautista, to me, might be the most surprising pick to click because of combination of speed and power, albeit at the NAIA level.
These last ten picks are unique because they are mostly hard to sign and highly thought of prep players. If they sign one of Stadler, Supple, Hawken, and Al Jones, that just one signing becomes a steal! They wont get Dylan Cease money ($1.5 million), but more like Trevor Clifton money ($375,000).
Al Jones is better known as Alonzo and his speed is comparable to that of Billy Hamilton’s!
Here is a nice video profile on Supple:
Spignola was drafted last year by the Cubs and did not sign. After a poor senior season at Georgia Tech, the athletic outfielder will likely sign – he has no choice.
The biggest sleeper of the section is John Kilichowski, a draft eligible sophomore from Vanderbilt. At 6’5″ and 217 pounds, the young lefty could be a steal as he thought to be a stalwart in the rotation next year with Vandy losing Fullmer, Buehler, and Ferguson earlier in the draft.
The Cubs will likely sign 3-4 from this group with Spignola and Cimino the most likely. Tayler Jones, of Gonzaga, is likely to go back to school to develop his burgeoning power stroke.
The Cubs did not drift at all from their draft strategy on Day Two of the 2015 MLB Draft. Just like previous years, the Cubs went after pitching, pitching, and more pitching – and not just any pitching – left handed and senior pitching. It began with third round giant lefty Bryan Hudson and continued through the ninth round pick, Tyler Pietzmeier.
The Cubs also stocked up on another center fielder in speedster DJ Wilson out of Canton, Ohio. The Cubs began dipping into the college ranks for pitching with lefty Ryan Kellogg in round 5 and side-arming reliever David Berg in round 6. Also, starting in round 6, the Cubs began selecting senior after senior in order to save some money (seniors have no bargaining leverage and the Cubs can sign them for as little as $10,000).
Maybe the strategy it is to sign Hudson, maybe D.J. Wilson or it could be to get Cole Sands or Isiah Gilliam, we shall see. High profile prep names like pitchers Donny Everett, Joe DeMers, and Kyle Molnar are still out there. On Day three, the Cubs could try and snag one in Rounds 11-15.
Third Round – Bryan Hudson – LHP – Alton HS, Alton, Illinois
The first thing you notice about Hudson is his size – 6 foot 8 and he looks like he is all arms and legs at only 220 pounds. Jim Callis and Johnathan Mayo both talked his projection and that he could easily throw in the mid 90s in a couple of years with just a few more pounds.
Here is what Baseball America said about his skills:
He’s learned to leverage his size and has the body control to repeat his delivery, gaining confidence as the spring progressed. Hudson’s calling card is his hard breaking ball, a curveball that scrapes the low 80s. His arm action is clean and he throws plenty of strikes, especially for a tall pitcher, with a fastball consistently in the upper 80s that reaches 92-93 mph consistently. Hudson doesn’t throw a changeup yet, as he has dominated prep competition with just two pitches.
Here is an interview he did about the attention he received:
He will likely be in Arizona in Rookie ball all summer.
Fourth Round – D.J. Wilson – Outfielder – Canton South HS – Canton, Ohio
With their fourth selection, the Cubs got themselves another center fielder in D.J. Wilson of Canton, Ohio. A Vanderbilt recruit, Wilson is 5’8″ and 170 pounds and his game is all about speed.
MLB.com said this of him:
He uses a compact left-handed stroke to put the ball in play and use his quickness to beat out hits. His size and approach result in very little power, however, and he struggled at times against better competition on the showcase circuit last summer.
Wilson has all the ingredients to be a quality center fielder. He reads the ball well off the bat, covers plenty of ground, has average arm strength and makes accurate throws.
Like Hudson, Wilson will go to Arizona to spend this summer in rookie league if the Cubs can sign him.
Fifth Round – Ryan Kellogg – LHP – Arizona State
The Cubs went left-handed pitcher again. This time it was Ryan Kellogg from Arizona State. The 6’5″ lefty is known for pitching to contact but has solid numbers across the board when it comes to his pitches.
#Cubs 5th rounder: LHP Ryan Kellogg, Arizona State. 3-time 1st-team All Pac-12. 62 career walks in 321 innings, fewest in school history.
— Cash Kruth (@cashkruth) June 9, 2015
As a college starter, he will likely be used sparingly in the bullpen, if at all, in Arizona or Eugene.
Sixth Round – David Berg – RHP – University of California at Los Angeles
The only thing I wondered heading into this round was whether the Cubs would keep the left handed theme going. The streak is broken with the Cubs taking RHP David Berg, a drop down pitcher. Both Callis and Mayo loved the pick. I like it. I like his intensity and specialty. He was selected in the 17th round by the Texas Rangers but did not sign.
Here is what Today’s Knuckleball says of Berg:
Earning Louisville Slugger first team All-American honors, Berg became the fourth UCLA pitcher, and third in the last five seasons, to be named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year. A semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Berg went 7-1 with a 0.68 ERA (3rd in the nation) and 13 saves over 43 appearances (1st in the nation). The Covina, Calif. native recorded 65 strikeouts and eight walks in 66.2 innings, posting the nation’s eighth best strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.13/1). In Pac-12 play, Berg allowed just one earned run, posting a 5-0 record with 0.22 ERA and eight saves in 22 appearances.
A finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award and Dick Howser Trophy, Berg set the new NCAA record for career appearances at 175 and finished just four saves away from tying the NCAA record for career saves.
Here is a video by UCLA that tells his unique story
Withe Berg’s resume, and role in the bullpen, he might start out his Cub career at South Bend.
Seventh Round – Craig Brooks – RHP – Catawba College in North Carolina
The 5’11” and 185 pound senior got the Internet scrambling when the Cubs selected him in the seventh round.
Here is what his senior season was like according to the school’s athletic page:
For the season Brooks posted a 1.45 ERA with a 9-1 record. In 99 innings, he only allowed 54 hits and 34 walks for a .89 WHIP which placed him eighth nationally. His 158 strikeouts led the division and his 14.36 strikeouts per nine innings also topped the nation.
Brooks dominated opposition the entire season. Early in the year he threw a no-hitter against Brevard. In this final pitching performance for the Indians he struck out five of six batters against Cal Poly Pomona to earn the save which sent the Indians to the championship game.
Brooks will probably go to Arizona and begin his career as a reliever. He might have a shot to go to Eugene depending on how many innings he has thrown in 2015.
Eighth Round – Preston Morrison – Texas Christian University
The Cubs keep going with seniors. Morrison is a good one. Has good command, four year starter, not hit and miss stuff. Second team All-American and 2014 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. He’s a quality kid from a quality program that develops quality pro pitchers.
The weird thing about Morrison is his arm slot – it is almost a side-arm in that he whips through the side of his body and the ball sneaks up on the hitter.
Morrison will start, just not this year. Because of his large workload at TCU, he will be used sparingly the rest of this year.
Ninth Round – Tyler Peitzmeier – LHP – Cal State Fullerton
Tyler Peitzmeier is a closer and will be pitching in the College World Series soon. The lefty pitcher is known for his curve ball. He doesn’t have a big fastball, upper 80s, but he gets by on his breaking and off speed pitches.
Here is a report on him from The Baseball Draft Report
Cal State Fullerton SR LHP Tyler Peitzmeier is one of the country’s best relievers with the stuff (87-90 FB, plus CU) and deception to keep missing bats as a pro.
He does hide the ball well, but he also has a weird delivery as seen in this video.
Like Berg, Peitzmeier could start his career in South Bend.
Tenth Round – Vimael Machin – SS – VCU
And the Cubs end their string of pitchers with the shortstop. Machin is a 5’11” patient hitter from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico who turned down the Padres in 2011 when San Diego picked him in the 29th round. This year he hit .317 with a .377 OBP.
Here he is hitting a homer in his junior year.
Machin is likely to start in the Arizona Rookie League before going to Eugene.