Trevor Clifton is your newest Cub; Update Cubs also sign C Will Remilliard

Trevor Clifton is your newest Cub; Update Cubs also sign C Will Remilliard

Well, according to the man himself via Twitter.

I'm officially a CUB!!!

According to Baseball America, Trevor Clifton needs some tweaks to his mechanics but can already generate 97 mph velocity out of his 6'4", 185 lbs. frame.

The Cubs believe there is plenty of projection left in Clifton as he fills out that thin frame and no doubt have the confidence that pitching Derek Johnson can smooth out the mechanics.

As Johnson told me a while back, you can always teach skills later.   What you can't teach is arm strength and athleticism.  The athleticism is what gives Cubs scouts the hope that he can develop and repeat better mechanics.  It also bodes well for him to learn breaking stuff.

Clifton is something of a project but, considering he was their main overslot target, the Cubs obviously believe there is certainly a lot to work with here and some projection for him to get stronger and builds stamina.

Further confirmation comes from Jim Callis,

Cubs sign 11th-rder Trevor Clifton (148 on BA 500) for $375k. Tenn. HS RHP, sits 92-93, up to 97, promising curve & change too.

As I was writing this, the Cubs also came to terms with 19th round C Will Remillard for 150,000, according to Jim Callis.  Remillard was a late riser after a strong showing playing with wood bats in the Cape Cod League.  Remillard has good bat speed and some loft to his swing, which bodes well for his ability to hit for some power.

Both signings indicate that the Cubs are willing to pay for talent but they're probably done now as far as overslots.  They're only 15K from losing a draft pick so unless any of the remaining players are willing to sign for slot, this is it.

It almost certainly rules out OF Marcus Doi, C Jeremy Martinez, and RHP Zack Brown.

All in all, though, you have to be happy with this haul.  Not many expected the Cubs to sign those 3 anyway and I think they did well to get Remillard in along with Clifton.


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  • Add Will Remillard (19th round) to that list

    Per Jim Callis:


    #Cubs sign 19th-rder Will Remillard for $150k. Coastal Carolina C helped his cause with a strong Cape Cod Lg performance. #mlbdraft

  • In reply to cowboy2024:

    Thanks was adding it, heard the news as I was editing! Should be updated now. Those two came quickly after Bryant signing official.

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    (does the happy dance)

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    Cubs had hands down best draft in the league imo. They played all their cards just right.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I agree, they got a lot of value in the middle rounds.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Time will tell how many of these guys make it to the majors and become stars.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I think Oakland and Pittsburgh had the best drafts, but the Cubs are certainly in the top 10 maybe in the 5-7 range. But really, you cannot judge a draft until a few years down the road.

  • I put this on the Bryant thread, but i'll repost since its probably more appropriate here. Clifton's in the fold at 375k and Remillard at 150k. That's not quite 3rd rd money, so I'm guess that dude really really didn't want to go back to school. So all the complaining about the Cubs FO not knowing what they're doing with allocation of draft resources should probably be laid to rest. Bryant gets what he wants and we still get Clifton + Alamo. In the end we get everyone we wanted (I'm presuming). Job well done!

  • In reply to Furiousjeff:

    Clifton also probably didn't want to have to retract the statements he made over a month ago....

    I wonder if anything actually changed ($$$$) from the time of that interview and now.

  • In reply to cowboy2024:

    I had heard the amount was always going to be in the 300-400K range. If it did, not by much.

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    This FO did an awesome job of drafting and getting their players signed. I still think they over payed Bryant a little bit but in the end it'll be worth it.

  • Somewhere I read that their "3 amgos + Bryant" gives them the
    top 4 prospects on any team. If this is true with Castro and
    Rizzo it gives us a great future to look forward to.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Speaking of Castro hes beginning to look like his old self. Staying back on the ball and that look of confidence. Hes a great talent.

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    And in a strange twist the White Sux signed lil Billy of the 12 year old All Stars of Hansen Park. Lil Billy was heard saying to reporters, "I just wanna help the club in any way I can." Keep up the good work lil Billy..... LOL

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    Is Clifton this years version of Duane Underwood?

    Extremely raw high-school pitcher with big-time stuff and needs lots and lots of instruction to harness it but if he does were looking at a frontline starter type?

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    He is nearly as raw or young as Underwood. He is a project but he has all the tools.

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    so I'm assuming the Cubs are done?

    Does it look like everyone else drafted had strong enough college commitments or wanted to return to college?

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    Yep. I just added that in, actually. They have 15K wiggle room left, so probably done.

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    Also, Brad Renner, 28th rd pick is not listed as signing but has posted a bunch on twitter about being a Cub. Including a pic of his locker.

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    I think there may be some slot guys in the late rounds who haven't been announced. Very possible.

  • Epstoyer has done some pretty amazing things with the talent level of our MiLB affiliates in two years.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Indeed they have, its nice to finally have a front office that's knows what they are doing, and more importantly, getting the proper resources from the ownership. Dallas Green/Gordon Goldberry were a fine FO back in the 80s, but the Trib ownership screwed that one up.

  • Great news! This is why I love this site. As we hand out virtual high-fives to one another, the rest of Chicago sports media collectively shrugs over the signing of a HS kid in the 12th round.

  • In reply to Ratmoss:

    Haha! Maybe we'll change the game someday. Even this year I noticed a lot more coverage on the draft. Maybe the Chicago sports media will follow suit.

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    Man! 97! At 18 years old? Can't wait to get him in the system and see how he develops. Pitching is starting to catch up to the hitting in the organization which is a great thing to see.

  • In reply to Johnny Hatelak:

    They're definitely loading up on arms. They don't have that top 25 top arm the way they do hitters, at least not yet. But they'e got guys with potential to rise.

  • John, I know its to early to project but which prospects should make the team in 2014,2015,2016

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    2014, maybe not too much. Maybe someone like Cabrera or Watkins or Lake or Ha...maybe some relief guys like Rosscup, Zych. 2015 should get real interesting. Guys like Soler, Baez, Alcantara, Johnson may all start getting close along with guys like Szczur, Andreoli. 2016 we hopefully see all those guys and maybe Bryant, Zastryzny and Blackburn too.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Ont hinh John-can you see the Cubs as a .500 type club next year with a potential playoff team in 2015, with some of our kids now in Tn/Daytona as possible contributors?

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    Yes, I do. I see no reason why the team can't be competitive next year.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Would it be safe to put Almora in the 2016 grouping?

  • In reply to Cubs 27:

    Maybe not 100% safe but I think there's a very good chance.

  • John,

    Are there any final draft report cards yet after these latest signings?

  • In reply to Scrapiron:

    I did a draft review but I typically don't issue grades.

  • Nothing wrong with a deep system getting a little deeper!

  • With so many good infielder some might be traded. Who is our
    2nd baseman of the future?

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I think it's Alcantara.

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    Jays just signed Brentz and Tellez to whopping bonuses, 850k for a 30th round pick after being, ahem, UNABLE to sign Bickford. Great move and they still get the extra pick (11th overall) next year.

  • In reply to Jivewired:

    I saw that. Nicely done once they determined Bickford would not sign. I don't think teams pre-determine that they won't sign players when they pick them, if that's what you're implying. I don't think there's anything really to be gained by doing that, especially for a system that's depleted and needs prospects right now. And this is a team that failed to sign a 1st round pick two years ago and now he could go as high as #2 overall. If that's a strategy for them, it's a curious one.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Well certainly teams know for the most part what it will take to sign a guy before they pick them. I base this on the slot value offer to Bickford which from what I read was half of what he wanted or close to it. Now maybe the Bickford camp said "Thanks for the pick but we're not signing," or maybe, because their demands were off the charts (4.75m I believe), he simply didn't want to play in that organization.

    Maybe he just wants to go to college. He was considered a “tough sign” going into the draft though, so the Blue Jays knew what they were getting into. He had a lot of late helium and didn't make any Top Ten overall lists that I saw. I guess maybe the Blue Jays were hoping to get lucky, but they could have drafted and signed Shipley. Who knows.

    It was very smart to take Tellez in the 30th round and Brentz in the 11th knowing Bickford was a tough sign. I'll give AA that much.

  • In reply to Jivewired:

    I like that he acted quickly to get those guys and it salvages the draft somewhat. My guess is the Jays thought they had a chance to sign him -- and they're not the only team, saw other mocks that had him going in mid-first round.

    Maybe it was by design. I would have taken Shipley or Stanek myself if they wanted a power arm. I thought Bickford was overrated because of his radar gun readings (somewhat true of Brentz too). I think they chose Bickford knowing it was going to be tough, but with Brentz as plan B. The fact that both lit up radar guns makes me think they really were looking for an upside guy like that.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I like the aggressive approach. I think we will see more of that from guys like AA, Theo and Jon Daniels because once you have a strong enough farm team you can take those types of chances.

    Off topic: Any chance Jed Hoyer would be considered for the President/CEO position with San Diego now that Garfinkel resigned?

  • In reply to Jivewired:

    I don't think so. He came to Chicago partly because of the big market.

  • this kid throws in the mid-high 90s and he only weighs 185? what might he do when he gets up to 225-230?

  • Whats next for Theo when it comes to future drafts......draft more Pitchers....and tell the scouts to look for a Catcher or two.....

    even though all these guys should be here in 2016, it might take a few more years to start winning.....we still lack and who knows what we will have in 2016.......and David Price no sure thing.....

    We can draft many great young players, but if these young players are making mistakes in the field, or not hitting, then all was for not......

    I like what we do have, and I would hope the odds are turning for us....but remember that the Cards, Pirates and Reds farm systems are also getting better.

  • John, any fear that more SP will be avalible and hurt the Cubs
    chances to trading Garza for what they want?

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I think that possibility exists. It always does, so it has to be a calculated gamble. There's also the possibility that a suitor drops out of the race.

    At the same time, those are things out of the FOs control. The only thing they can control to some degree is the kind of package they get in return --- that's the part they have to focus on. They have to get what they want and do what's best for the team's long term future.

  • Any chance Theo might "super clone" we can have a large "Sharknado" scenario at Wrigley by 2016 and beyond?

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Very strong chance.

  • I've gotta think that some of these signings speak volumes to the enhanced image that the team has gained since EpCo took control of the team and began the transformation. I see rainbows and unicorns in the not-too-distant future for the Cubs.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Haha. I guess that's a good thing ;)

  • Which draft choices did the cubs fail to sign ? Their official web site is not current.

  • In reply to SouthsideB:

    Best players they failed to sign were OF Marcus Doi, C Jeremy Martinez, and RHP Zack Brown.

    They may still get some of the other guys (could be some unannounced slot signings) but this is it for all the major signings.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John ... Question ... 21st round pick Joshua McAuley from Shepherd University (college?) in WV is listed as a senior and unsigned. Any notion of why a college senior, even a 21st rounder, wouldn't sign?

  • In reply to MoneyBoy:

    He will sign for slot. The FO has been pretty busy lately. But this is a kid from Div 2 school whose life long dream is to play pro ball. I'm actually really surprised he's not in mesa already.

  • In reply to MoneyBoy:

    I just checked Yagyu at PSD and he has McCauley's name in Orange which means he either failed his physical or some other unknown complication. but as of 5PM McCauley's Twitter profile still says "Pitcher of the Chicago Cubs organization

    So, not to sure.

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    Yep, McCauley failed his physical. Apparently he is having surgery for something.

    Here is the official stats:

    #Cubs have signed 24 draft picks, including each of their first 13 picks, 19 of their first 20 and 22 of their first 25.

    So, the 3 missing from the top 25 draft picks are... Daniel Poncedeleon, Marcus Doi, and Joshua McCauley

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    In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    I read somewhere that Poncedeleon may have failed his physical as well.

    It said he had posted pictures of signing his cubs contract on twitter, then took it down a couple days later saying he was going back to Houston.

    There was no specifics, and a failed physical is purely speculative, but no reason was given for having signed, then suddenly not being a Cub.

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