Some quick notes for you including an update on Yasiel Puig, who I first wrote about yesterday. It's curious that there's not a lot of information out there...
- The Cubs signed 6th round pick Trey Lang, according to his Twitter account. Lang is a 6'3", 235 lbs, hard-throwing righty who has touched 96 mph and sits at 92-94. His best pitch, however, is his slider. Lang is relatively new to pitching, which means a fresh arm. It also means he has more of a learning curve, but the Cubs are building a great organization that includes a renewed emphasis on development. Lang is a late inning relief prospect, possibly a closer.
- The official @Cubs twitter feed announced that Pierce Johnson has officially signed, although no amount has been disclosed at this time. He signed for the assigned pick value of $1.196M. Carrie Muskat has a host of Cubs signings, most are just official announcements of picks that were already rumored to have signed. Johnson and 5th round pick LHP Anthony Prieto ($200,000) headline the signings.
- 2012 draft picks assigned to Boise: 2B Stephen Bruno (7), C Chadd Krist (9), and C Lance Rhymel. They also picked up knuckleball specialist Joseph Zeller from Daytona, while C Justin Marra, who had a solid day in his only appearance, was assigned to Mesa.
- Boise has their home opener and will be on MiLB.com tonight. Yes, I'm that obsessed.
- Here is your Mesa Cubs (AZ Rookie League) roster. Notables include RHP Dillon Maples, who has been rehabbing what has been termed as a minor injury and 1B Dan Vogelbach, who struggled a bit in extended spring training and failed to make the Boise roster.
- 2012 draft picks on the Mesa roster include: RHPs Pierce Johnson (1s), Paul Blackburn (1s), Josh Conway (4), and LHP Anthony Prieto (5). Click the link above for complete rosters.
- Other names to watch include toolsy OF Trey Martin; OF Garrett Schlect, who has an advanced approach at the plate and a chance to hit for average and some power; C Neftali Rosario, who I consider to be the Cubs highest upside catching prospect still in the minors; 1B Trevor Gretzky, and SS Carlos Penalver. I'll have more detail info later and in the minor league recaps.
- I have not been able to find out anything about Yasiel Puig despite corresponding with a few baseball insiders. One especially connected industry member told me that he has never seen Puig play, nor has any scout or exec that he knows. He's an international man of mystery right now. Meanwhile, Kevin Goldstein was just asked on Twitter about Puig and his response was, "Good, but not beast tools like Soler....Scout notes on Cuban free agent OF Yasel Puig: Physical, plus runner, avg bat, avg power, decent in CF, not a lock to stay there." My random guess on Puig is going to be the Atlanta Braves because A) they need a RH hitting OF'er and B) they were the rumored runners-up for Soler.