2013 MLB Mock Draft: Cubs still end up with Appel, but may have choice of pitchers

Last year I made a mock draft from a Cubs fans point of view.    What I mean by that is that I in addition to brief analysis on the player and the pick, I add a bit of what I think the Cubs may or may not be thinking with that player.  This year we went with the first 41 picks, which includes the Cubs 2nd rounder.

We've been talking Gray or Appel for so long at the top, but yesterday I heard that the Cubs may have their choice between the two and with everyone going Gray-Appel as the top two,  I decided to roll with that information and have Houston surprise at the top for the 2nd straight year.  Their choice shakes things up the draft as it has a ripple effect over the next several picks.





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  • I know the catcher that caught Green all season. Great stuff and still has a has some serious upside.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    I really like the kid and Ive heard anywhere from late first round to mid-second round. I'm hoping he makes it to the Cubs but wouldn't be shocked if some team gambled on his upside earlier.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Great stuff as always, John. Assuming that the Cubs grab Green and are able to sign him, that he is able to clean up his mechanics and reach his potential, what kind of ceiling does he have? Having Appel and Green as mainstays in the rotation, assuming both hit their ceiling, could go a long way towards giving them a dominant top of the rotation.

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    Man would that be a steal to walk away with Appel and Green.

    I do wonder about Kohl Stewart. With the quarterback option out there -- and the ability to cash in at the NFL draft in a way that you can't in the MLB draft (thanks, Bud) -- he might be a very difficult sign, even at slot 7.

    It's a pity the Royals are falling out of it, since (a) it might mean James Shields is the best pitcher on the market and (b) I'd think the Cubs would love to make a deal with them for Balog or Green at the 34 slot (and grab Hursh at 41).

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    So would I! I think Appel is more likely but as I said earlier, I've heard a wide range of slots where Green could go. One of my favorite prep arms in this draft.

    I think Stewart is a difficult sign and he isn't going to go any higher than 4, so there's a ceiling as to how much he can get. If the Astros do indeed take Moran, then I think there's a good chance the Red Sox get a crack at him. Even if they don't, it wouldn't surprise me if the Twins went in a different direction if the big 3 went off the board first. I only have them taking Bryant because they'd be foolish to pass that up.

    I think Stewart will sign because he won't get that kind of opportunity again -- that is, to go to a top 10 team that's a great organization and ready to win from the day he's drafted.

    I am really rooting for the Royals -- not so much as potential trade partners, though that is nice, but because I like that they decided to go for it. They had a nice young core and added a top of the rotation guy and solidified the pitching overall. They've been rebuilding for so long, I wanted to see their roll of the dice pay off.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    It's taken a while for my thoughts on the Shields-Myers trade to really crystallize. Myers is struggling somewhat in AAA, so it's not like he'd be adding more WAR to the Royals this year.

    Where I think they made a mistake is that they got impatient. That might be because Moore felt the executioner's axe hanging over his head, or because Moore wanted to win. But, the truth was, that was a developing team. Hosmer, Moustakas, and Perez just weren't ready to lead that team to a title yet. They needed more time to mature. (Same as we've seen with Rizzo and Castro this year.) If the Royals had concluded that Myers strikeout totals were going to be devastating, there were other moves they could have made which would have helped the long term vision instead of torching it. An obvious one is they could have gotten involved in the DBacks-Reds trade and wound up with Trevor Bauer (a pitcher who complements their young core), Drew Stubbs, and some other pieces -- possibly even including Justin Upton. Now, their best option may be to move Sheilds at the deadline, but that's almost the same as Moore firing himself.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    I think you're right. The Royals might be further away than Moore thought, and he might have jumped the gun.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    A lot of the criticism comes from the fact that it's believed that the Royals could have gotten Shields without even including Myers. The Rays played their cards right and took advantage of Moore's desperation. The positive is, it drove up the market for a frontline pitcher which could help us with Garza. The downside is- for those Price lovers out there- it catapulted what the Rays could ask for with him. They got a teams #1-5-8 prospects for 1-maybe 2 years of James Shields. Imagine what they'll want for Price.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I think that's possible, but not likely.

    People talk often of Moore's "desperation", but the reality is that top tiered players are not drawn to Kansas City through free agency or trade.

    Money and leverage capitalizes against smaller clubs just like it does everyone else in the world in business and personal situations.

  • What happened to the Melendez kid that's a catcher? He was top 10 a year and now he didn't even make your mock.

  • In reply to historyrat:

    I think you mean Martinez? He's really dropped. Not even a 3rd rounder right now. Could go back to school.

  • John what would you say greens ceiling is? I like him as he is a lefty and the cubs could use a lefty thats not a 5 guy

  • It is amazing how many of the teams that have two or more picks before the second round are playoff or near-playoff teams.

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    In reply to bruno14:

    That's because they are good at getting picks for qualifying offer players that that they didn't want to keep anyway. They also don't give up draft picks to sign bad contracts either. Hate to say it, but the way the Cardinals run their organization is the gold standard.

  • Man would it be awesome if the Astros take Moran. From all indications, that would not have been the Cubs pick, so that leaves the Cubs with the best (heck, maybe 3 best) players on their board to choose from.

    A part of me kind of hopes the Cubs love Gray and Boras clients slide due to signability. If that happens, it won't have been a great 12 months for Boras in the post-CBA era. Got pantsed on the Kyle Lohse gamble and getting schooled on the new MLB draft rules.

    That being said, if the FO likes one of the guys significantly better, take that guy. If they're too close to call, cut a deal with whoever will sign for the lowest deal.

  • I'm starting to get real excited about either pitcher but I'm with John Appel is the pick for me.

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    In reply to Tom Loxas:

    It's funny, I kind of have my heart set on one of the pitchers -- either Appel winning 20 games in his first full season or watching Gray light up radar guns. But there's this little voice in the back of my head saying Bryant is the pick. If the Cubs really have Kevin's scouting report on him, Giancarlo Stanton at third is hard to turn down. And, if that is the case, I think I'll be mildly disappointed.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I don't know, something about him scares me. Lots of power is tantalizing.

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    Appel scares me. He had mechanical issue when his foot lands his throwing arm is slightly too far back this can cause shoulder strain. I won't have been as concerned if he would have gone last year but he had another of the same strain on that shoulder. Really scares me

  • In reply to KGallo:

    He's stayed pretty healthy. I haven't seen widespread concern with his mechanics. I've heard more with Grays and Manaea's, both of whom are a little stiff. I don't think there's anything there that would prevent a team from taking Appel (or Gray for that matter).

    Everybody has shortcomings. Bryant has questions about his defense and I don't think everyone is as confident as you are that he'll stay at 3rd. I also read where Law questioned his bat speed a little and doesn't think he'll hit for a very high average.

    Everyone has plusses and minuses. And I think if Appel had serious flaws and Bryant didn't, there wouldn't be any questions as to who the #1 pick would be. It'd be Bryant hands down. The fact that it isn't and that the Cubs, a team that prefers college bats over college pitchers, are leaning toward Appel and Gray tells me there are some concerns about Bryant on some level.

    In the end, I'm trusting what they decide. If they take Appel or Gray, then the thought must be that they think they'll be #1 starters. If they take Bryant, then I'm good with that too. It means the concerns are too large with the pitchers and they decided to go with the traditionally safer route of a college bat.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I think I might have Appel Fatigue, like in the NBA and NFL drafts when players go back for the senior season there becomes a sense of "why would he do that? What is wrong with him"? People have more time to pick apart the player's game and in the end, the player everyone has known or heard about for over a year becomes stale. More game tape, more time in the spotlight, more time to find flaws.

    For my part, I think I 'knew' enough about him having heard or read about him last year and really have not paid enough attention the past few weeks. All I seem to remember from what I read is what is wrong or the negatives. In my mind, he seems steady if not unspectacular. a decent pick but not sexy...the Herculean power hitting 3B is the shiny new toy and everyone, not just chicks, dig the long-ball. plus we see how bad the current team is at working a count and the mind wanders.
    John, I know you have written Appel up many times but wonder if you could link to your report on him again so we can reacquaint ourselves and I would be interested in a point/counterpoint on the merits of Appel and Bryant (and even Gray if anyone feels passionate) with you and Kevin since he seems to be the ying to your yang on the subject. 12 angry men style, let the comment board be your jury.

  • In reply to DoubleM:

    Well said, Double M. Agree with much of that first paragraph. I'm an Appel guy and even I have a little of that fatigue. We've been hearing about him for 2 straight years now. The one thing that I would say, though, is that he is a high end talent. Probably the best all-around talent. I think when people say hes polished, they tend to think this guy isn't a high upside, ace type that will blow you away. He will. He can throw 97 and carry it late into games. He has a filthy slider, one of the best in the draft, and the best changeup and command of any power pitcher this year. He's the complete package.

    I think when you talk about Gray and Bryant, its more about the excitement over a single tool. I think any time a player has a tool that stands out above all others and over the league, it makes them "sexy". Big time fastball from Gray which has touched triple digits, big time 35 HR potential from Bryant. That's easy to get excited about -- I know it's exciting for me. And just because they're guys with one standout tool, it doesn't make them lesser prospects. One dominant tool can go a long way in this game as long as you are average to above average in the rest of your game -- and both of those players are.

    I think we can maybe make a post like the one you suggested, comparing the two or three players I actually did one like that on Appel and Gray, but I'll need to dig it up. Or a point, counterpoint type piece with Kevin and perhaps another to stump for Gray.

  • I wouldn't mind a colorful pitching staff that included Grey and Green. But as I have said before I trust Epstein/Hoyer/McLeod to do what is best for the team at this time.

  • If the Cubs choose Appel....and if Garza resigns for two years....our rotation next April would look like this.....

    T Wood

    if so.....

    then Theo can work on getting us a leadoff hitter who can steal bases and few guys who know how to get on base!

    oh wait!....we still need a reliever.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    If that is the rotation for the next few years, Viscaino is most likely the closer.

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    In reply to CubsTalk:

    There is no chance, however, that Garza signs for 2 years. He should want at least 5 years minimum, or if he is injured again, a 1-year pillow contract. And barring injury, he'll get at least Anibal Sanchez money, $85+ mil.

  • John, what are the chances the Cubs try to get the Royals pick at 34 at take Ryan Boldt? I think that would be a pretty great draft with Appel, Boldt, and Green.

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    In reply to Joshnk24:

    That would be a damn good draft.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Us Cub fans are great at dreaming aren't we Marcel.

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    In reply to Joshnk24:

    I don't see the Royals making a trade at this point, but maybe. Depends how desperate Moore is to keep his job.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    He should be pretty desperate at this point. The royal are scuffling hard. Just got swept by the Angels.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I just think DeJesus makes alot of sense for them.

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    In reply to Joshnk24:

    Can you just imagine that?!!!!! OMG, talk about "waves" of talent!!

  • In reply to Joshnk24:

    That'd be nice but it might be difficult to pull off given that Appel is unlikely to come in under slot, I think.

  • Nice post John, thanks a lot.

    Have you heard anything about Derek Johnson since he's been with the team? How hands on is he? Is he mainly setting of training methods and regimens or does he also prefer some hands on?

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Pretty sure John will be interviewing D Johnson soon.

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    Love the idea of that!... After all, he is the "wave maker". Outside of Theo/Jed probably ties McCleod for preferred interview from this regime.

  • Couple questions.

    1. When can we expect Arodys Viscaino to be fully healthy and what level do you think he'll start at?

    2. What's the latest on Duane Underwood and when will he join a team?

    3. What do you think of Stephen Bruno as a prospect? He just keeps hitting.

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    In reply to GoFreakingCubs:

    1. Vizcaino is fully healthy. At this point it's all about getting that arm back into pitching shape. Right now he should be doing lots of conditioning and throwing on flat ground. He'll probably start at Iowa or Tennessee.

    2. He's pitching well in extended ST. Striking out a lot of guys but also walking more than he needs to. Still raw but there's a lot of talent there. He will start playing with Boise when short-season ball begins, which is after the draft.

    3. He can play all over the diamond and hit but his small frame will probably limit his upside. Not much projection left in him but i'd call him a prospect at this point. Has a chance to be a super-utility guy/occasional starter.

    Hope this helps.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Thank you Marcel

  • Having our choice of Appel/Gray/Bryant makes me giddy!... Seeing Manaea go the Cards makes me vomit....

    Overall, great job as usual John!

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    I agree HooserDaddy. When I saw Manaea to the Crapinals, I was like not again. Got to be the luckiest franchise in the world. Hell they would win with John at SS, Tom at 2B, and Kevin at 3B trying to be the next Kris Bryant.

  • In reply to Joshnk24:

    Lol I was a Catcher.

  • In reply to Joshnk24:

    Something tells me Arguello has limited range and can't stick at SS....

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Kozma has limited talent as a baseball player, yet soon as he gets to the Crapinals, he becomes a decent player. Something tells me Arguello would become the best SS in the league and Gallo would become the best catcher in baseball as soon as they put on those ugly Crapinal unis. oh and Molina would move to 3b and become Mike Schimdt. I don't get how that team and organization is so lucky year after year.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    I make up for any lack of range with great positioning.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    So you'll win a GG eventually.... at 2B!

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    I actually played 2B.

  • If the Cubs have their pick of any of the top three guys, it's hard to get too upset. They either get a guy who projects to be an ace of any pitching staff or a 3rd baseman who could be an all-star year in year out. For me personally, I'd like to see Gray or Appel - in that order. The fear with a pitcher is always injury and the Cubs have a history of drafting injury prone pitchers in the past. Hopefully that has to do with the past regime not doing their due diligence and Theo & Co are more thorough.
    The only questions I have about Bryant is can he stick at 3rd? Kevin seems to think that he can & he's seen him enough to make an informed assessment. My 2nd question would be will he still have 80 power going to wooden bats? I known that years ago there were hitters who some some reason couldn't make the transition from aluminum to wood. Not sure that that is the case anymore, you don't hear alot about it but for some reason, it sticks in the back of my mind.
    If it is Bryant, how long before he hits Chicago? I hate to sound like the typical impatient Cub fan, but with Appel and Gray it sounds like 2014. I'd hate to see those guys paying off for other teams while Bryant was struggling at Daytona or Tennessee.

  • In reply to Larry H:

    For your questions about if he can handle 3B go to the WCC site and you can watch the WCC tournament. He had some very good plays at 3B.

    As of the wood bat thing BBCor is as close to wood as you can without wood. If it helps he set the modern day record for HR in a season. I don't thing wood will be a problem.

    The when he will be up has as much to do with the organization as him. It depends where they start him and how fast he move up. He can make an adjustments in game, so I don't see it raking him time to make any adjustments.

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    I really want Kris Bryant, give me a guy who gives you a shot to win everyday, especially with that bat but I wouldn't cry over Appel either, especially if he's a guy who can contribute soon

  • I like all 3 players but I have hear some thinks about asking prices I can't repeat. That make me put the order Gray, Bryant and Appel.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    So is there a realistic chance that Appel's asking price gets high enough that the Cubs decide to pass on him?

  • In reply to supercapo:

    I can't give numbers but if the numbers I am heading are correct. He is a no doubt 1st pick and that what he is asking like.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    Is Kris Byrant better than Josh Vitters right now? Can he hit 30 plus hrs and bat over .300 in the PCL right now?

  • In reply to Paris:

    I can't say. I wouldn't start him at AAA.

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    In reply to KGallo:

    Fully accepting that Scott Boras's unpredictability is his greatest asset as a negotiator, I have a hard time imagining him turning down a $6 million contract in this market. He has to know it's the best he's going to get for a guy with no years of eligibility left. If he turns that down, no will draft Appel until the late teens and give him a take it or leave it 100k -- or go spend another summer in the independent leagues.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Boras won't scare teams in the early picks, for the simple reason that if Appel falls, the pool $ available falls with it.

    It's different than the old days, where Boras could scare off teams until he got to the Yankees or whomever would give max $

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Under the current CBA, if Appel is drafted and does not sign yet again, we all believe he will play independent ball this tear post draft. Is he subject again to the draft in 2014, or is he a free agent to the highest bidder next year, if anyone knows?

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    In reply to KGallo:

    I just keep thinking about Theo's remark about bats being more of a sure thing this high in the draft and considering the nsive woes the parent club has been experiencing who knows..regardless I fully trust Jason MacLeod and the guys making those decisons

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    They've never picked at the top of the draft. The top of the draft is different. The kind of pitcher you can get in the first few picks is a different sort of animal. Guys who hit the mid to high 90s with plus secondary stuff and command are rare. You might get them later in the draft, but you have to project them and develop them. These two guys come ready made.

    The pitchers are the two most talented players in the draft by most accounts. Hitters are generally safer but you have to weigh that with upside. Most think the gap in upside is too big between the pitchers and Bryant to go the safe route here.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I think this where I'm coming down. The chance to get a guy with three plus pitches, plus control, and plus plus makeup (not that he could develop, but that he has now) or a guy with a plus plus fastball and the stamina to throw it late in games and a plus secondary pitch is one of those things that (hopefully) you only get a chance at once a decade or less. You have to jump at it when you have it.

    (To mildly devil's advocate this, if you're the Astros, you figure to have another chance at your ace next year, so if you can add, say, Moran and Boldt this year, it might make sense. I'd still rather be the Cubs right now, but I still like what Luhnow appears to be doing given the economic realities he faces in Houston.)

    And if Kris Bryant breaks the home run record in Colorado, the pitcher was still the right choice.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    That could be a factor but that's a big risk to take. The Marlins may beat them to that #1 pick. We've seen that nothing is a sure thing. A lot of people liked Manaea and thought he had a chance to be the #1 pick, but injuries and a slight drop in his stuff changed that in a hurry. Right now Rodon's stuff is as filthy as Appel and Gray -- and he's lefty, but his command is also less precise than either pitcher.

    I wouldn't blame the Astros if they took Bryant or Moran. I think both will be at least solid MLB players and possibly quite more. Moran should save them a lot of money for that 2nd pick. There may be a few guys there that could drop to their 2nd pick -- from guys like Boldt or HS RHP Connor Jones (who's a first rounder based on ability but will drop because of a strong college commitment) -- or perhaps a superstar like Stewart (doubtful) or Mananaea (more likely) will free fall if they aren't taken in the top 10.

    It could wind up that in the end all will be good picks -- Appel, Gray, Bryant, Moran. Am looking forward to seeing how it plays out. All 4 should move quickly.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I don't even necessarily mean Rodon -- thinking someone like Stewart who is a little more raw, but can be had cheaper. Or they may even try to grab an ace that slips to round 2 due to concerns like Manaea. I think they'll try to get an ace on the cheap, if at all possible.

    The issue as I see it is this: if the Cubs are wrong on Mark Appel, they will (hopefully) have the money to partly make up for it in free agency. If the Astros go all in on Mark Appel (or any player) and they're wrong, they're in trouble. So Luhnow is trying to get around that by just overwhelming the system with first round talent in the hopes that with pure numbers one or two will develop into impact players. It seems crazy, until you look at his record in St. Louis.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I don't think Luhnow's system is crazy at all. It can be very effective. There's some risk to what they do in that it requires them to pass up superior talent in order to get a guy they can sign. If they're hitting with their overslot guy in the 2nd or 3rd round, that guy isn't going to be as talented as the guy they may have passed up in the first round.

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    I've been a Appel guy for sometime , but Bryant is turning me his way!!! The thought of his .280- 30-100 at 3rd is almost to tempting to pass. So i would be happy with either , if we happen to Green next , that would be great. Any word on Blackburn? Im hoping he is right there with Underwood.

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    Kevin , if you say Bryant three times and close your eyes. Maybe it comes true!!!!

  • In reply to Sportsgod:

    I have heard arguments on all 3 players and right now I am going off what I have seen and heard from other scouts.

  • Whenever I hit next nothing happens, wish I could have read the rest of the story.

    Starting to think Appel is the 2nd coming of J.D. Drew. I say if we draft him make him a reasonable offer, if he turns it down let him enjoy the independant league somewhere. The new CBA has changed everything, wouldn't kill the Cubs to get a high pick the following year if he gets too greedy a 2nd time.

  • If they go Bryant, then they can trade Baez in the future for a pitcher.

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    In reply to ucandoit:

    Or they can draft a pitcher and keep Baez?

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    In reply to ucandoit:

    Some think Bryant will move to 1B though; that he isn't a long-term 3B. That would be a problem, since we have a good 1B under long-term contract.

    Theo prefers hitters, but Bryant may not fill an organizational need. Appel and/or Gray certainly do.

    It's worth debating, but I think the Cubs will have the opportunity to take the best player, which also happens to fill our greatest organizational need.....high ceiling pitching.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    The only time I have even seen Bryant mentioned as a 1B because they view him as a replacement for Helton.

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    In reply to ucandoit:

    I'm not sure they can.

    The reason great young pitchers are so valuable is because the minors is littered with guys Bryan Bullington and Matt Anderson who flamed out. By the time you would consider trading them, you have a better idea who is going to make it and who is going to flame out. The Cubs wouldn't be interested in the flameouts, and the other team wouldn't be interested in the stars.

    That's one of the biggest reasons for drafting Appel. His floor as 3 starter guarantees substantial value out of him (assuming no injury), and his upside is #1 starter.

  • In reply to ucandoit:

    I am a huge Baez fan, usually I would be all for picking Bryant but we need stud pitching. I still would be for picking Bryant and loading up on pitching the rest of the draft, but i don't want to see Baez traded.

  • Excellent article as always John, while Bryant is very tempting, I still think the Cubs go with Gray or Appel. Yes, getting a hitter with big upside like Bryant is always very tempting but one does not get the chance to draft a future, potential Cy Young winner. In Appel or Gray you get that chance, the Cubs know this too which is why I see them taking Appel, even if both him and Gray are there at #2.

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    In reply to Steve Flores:

    Exactly, Steve. The "hitters are less riskier" argument doesn't apply in scenarios like this one. An ace is one of the hardest commodities in baseball to acquire, even harder to get it without giving up players. All this one would require is money. You don't pass that up.

    You can find good hitters here and there. An ace-level pitcher only comes around every so often.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I agree with both you guys, and another point: Some scouts think Bryant will have to move to 1B. We already have a good one under long-term contract.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Too much of an athlete to be a 1B. It will be 3B or a corner OFer.

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    I agree. Getting a front of the rotation guy is getting more difficult right now. It's a rare commodity. I think the downside to Bryant has been understated as well. The downside is a .250 hitter who plays the OF. That may not be terrible, but not worth a top 2 pick.

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    Almora out after tweaking a muscle in his left leg.

    So Cubs.

  • Cubs claim Burnett from Os.

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    Think this might be one of the best reliever waiver pickups yet. Burnett was really solid at one point. Thinking he might stick around.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I think you might be right. I feel bad for Qg.

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    Me too. 2nd time he's had this injury and it seemed to be affecting his command. Wanted to see him take over that closer role at some point. Luckily it's only May.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Don't confuse Alex Burnett with Sean Burnett. Sean has had some real good years. Alex had one "meh" season.

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    In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    I think that's exactly what I did :) thanks for clearing that up. Too many Burnetts in this game.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I thought the same thing at first....that other Burnett had 3 good years in WSN, followed by a current 0.93 ERA for the Halos

    Our Burnett, Alex.....he's just a guy. He'll be DFA'ed the minute we need a 40-man spot, at the latest when Vizcaino is activated from 60-day

  • I looked at the top 100 prospects and Hunter Green has a birthday in March 1992. He is 21 years old? Did he get held back 3 times?

  • In reply to John57:

    His birthday is 7/14/1995

  • In reply to KGallo:

    Thanks Kevin for the correct date. It looks like MLB.com has a little error for prospect #48.

  • Curious as to what people think about Appel's Stanford team not making the NCAA Tournament?

    Certainly means he will pitch 7-15 less innings, but will also mean that after the draft (and if signed) he might be ready to report.

    I am all for less stress on a young man's arm.

    FYI,Gray and Bryant both made the field of 64.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    For selfish reasons, I love that Stanford didn't make it.

  • Cubs should claim, claim and claim players hoping at least one sticks

  • Back from Iowa at last. Had a good time. Will try and write a bit about it tomorrow.

    Minor League recaps for tonight and back to speed tomorrow.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John i cant wait until Boise starts. Who in extended spring training will be on the roster and do you know what their rotation will look like?

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    In reply to kingpro98:

    I'm not John, but just guestimating (the Cubs probably don't know for sure yet), the rotation will include:
    Underwood, Blackburn, Pugliese. Last year, Boise tended to have lots of long relievers that acted more like second starters (I'm led to believe that's common in lower levels, but don't know for sure), so if that happens again, there could be 10 guys who get significant innings. McNeil, Torrez, Prieto, and Lang would I'd guess be in that group if they aren't in the rotation proper.

    As far as everyday players, it probably won't be as stacked as the Kane County roster, but will include guys like: Golden, Dunston (for a second time), Jeffrey Baez, Penalver, Marra, and probably Gretzky and Rashad Crawford. (Baez is a real sleeper there; he's doing very well in extended spring training and is my pick to shoot up prospect lists.)

  • In reply to kingpro98:

    AZ Phil wrote in his EXST report today that the Boise rotation will be Underwood, Blackburn, Trey Lang, James Pugliese, and TBD.

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    In reply to unccubsfan:

    He also has McNeil out for the year with an elbow injury. I hadn't heard about that. Really hope it isn't a Dr. James Andrews elbow injury.

  • It seems luke Theo is going to attack pitching during thr draft and get positional players during international signing period, like the top 2 goes thier after now. I also think that Theos favorite prospect is Calderon because of his ability to take walks

  • In reply to Domnk S:

    That's what it looks like right now. Word is they are going hard after hitters in the int'l free agency period.

    And I'm assuming you mean Candelario as the favorite prospect?

  • In the meantime, Cubs third base coach needs to stop waiving runners home when they have no chance.

  • In reply to Hey Hey:

    Yeah, that hasn't worked out so well so far.

  • I really like the idea of Bryant and what he could bring to help solidify the offense as well as solid defense at 3b, and then loading draft picks with SPs...I also see the advantages of having Appel or Gray.

    I trust the FO to make the right choice, and will be happy with any of those 3 at the #2. Excited to see how it pans out.

  • In reply to SymposiumX13:

    Agreed. And what we don't know is how the FO feels. There is some range of opinion on each player. We just don't know where the Cubs stand in these views. We know they've seen a ton of each player and have had a lot of different scouts giving their evaluations. They won't lack for information, so we have to trust that they'll take all that info into account and make the best decision.

  • Sharks line so far: 7 IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 6SO, 78 Pitches!

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    In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    This might be the best start of his career. The White Sox are totally defensive.

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    I get that they're happy and all, but when we have 3 of the most valuable guys on the team (Shark, Wood, Garza) risking injury over the stupid shaving cream pie, I think the thing has run its course.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Ha! I'll second that.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I'm hoping that E-Jax gets one tomorrow

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