Cubs have signed Justin Steele

Cubs have signed Justin Steele

Per his Twitter account, LHP Justin Steele has signed with the Cubs (h/t David L.).  His profile now reads,

#21 Baseball is life. LHP for the Chicago Cubs Organization. Blessed by the Lord! The best revenge is massive success.

Steele was one of three high ceiling arms the Cubs took between rounds 4 and 6.  Steele was the 5th round pick.

Here is what had to say,

A lefty with a loose, quick arm, Steele should end that drought this June. Steele baffled scouts at the East Coast Professional Showcase last summer, when he ran his fastball into the low 90s but later dipped to the mid-80s. He has done a better job of holding his velocity this spring, working at 88-92 mph and reaching back for 94-95 on occasion. He's better when he throws with less effort in his delivery and gets more quality life on his heater. Steele's curveball used to stick out more for its shape than its velocity, but he has boosted it from the upper 60s to the low 70s as a senior. His changeup has some movement, but the Southern Mississippi recruit tips it off by slowing his arm speed and doesn't trust it much. Though he's athletic, his lack of size and true command could have him destined for the bullpen.

And here is what BA had to say,

This spring he has shown similar peaks and inconsistency. At his best early in games, Steele can sit in the low 90s and touch 95. His fastball plays up because he hides the ball well, has a quick arm and has the potential for plus life with sink and run. His velocity regularly falls to 85-87 later in outings, however. His secondary stuff remains behind his fastball. Although he doesn’t use it frequently in game action, Steele's changeup shows potential and is ahead of his breaking ball, a slow, looping curveball that needs a lot of work. But he has thrown strikes this year and his athleticism allows scouts to project average control. He broke his left wrist last summer and had a screw inserted to repair it, adding to the complicated calculation teams will have to make about his value.

One upside arm apparently in the fold....two to go.


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  • That seems like an odd message, blessing the Lord then seeking out revenge. Wonder if he likes Boondock Saints ...

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    In reply to JB88:

    And shepherds we shall be.

  • In reply to JB88:

    Haha! You may be right about the Boondock Saints.

  • In reply to JB88:

    Thought it was odd also.

  • In reply to JB88:

    Especially since he may be Justin Time to join Jokisch, but probably not.

  • In reply to JB88:

    Old Testament. I like the alliteration, Blessed, best, success. A poet lefty, can't be bad.

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    In reply to JB88:

    He must stick closer to the Old Testament. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hit batter for hit batter.

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    He can throw a holy war with his left arm for all I care. Just throw strikes!

  • In reply to Phil James:

    Agreed. All I care about is that he pitches the way the Cubs think he can.

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    Sands & Cease are the two better prospects of the three, but it's always good to add a power lefty who might be able to actually start.

  • In reply to Johnny Hatelak:

    Agreed. Lefties with his kind of stuff are pretty rare.

  • In reply to Johnny Hatelak:

    Agreed. Cubs drafted 17 RHP's and 4 LHP's, it's tough just to find a good one.

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    In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    Unless you're the White Sox, who will be able to run out four good ones when they sign Rodon.

  • Does anyone what the signing bonus was . I 'm sure it had to be over slot. Which is OK

  • In reply to Andrew444:

    No, it isn't official, so we probably won't know until it is. And that may be a while.

  • In reply to Andrew444:

    The slot value for pick #139 is $359,900...if that's what you are asking?

  • giggity!

  • looks like we may have crashed the cubs draft

    just went over there to check on the status of the draft picks and found the site shut down due to it having exceeded its bandwidth limit.

    great resource, hope it's worth it to the owner to open up the bandwidth some more...

  • In reply to ratay1:

    Yagyu says:

    As the site administrator I received the following message:

    Your account is currently frozen. Contact support if you believe this to be in error.

    Will be addressed -- at least temporarily -- tomorrow afternoon or early Saturday.

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    tks for the update...hopefully they can get it resolved. great idea and certainly exactly what i was looking for in terms of tracking the FO's progress closing their picks...

  • In reply to ratay1:

    I just went to the site and it worked. Try it again.

  • In reply to ratay1:

    Ha! We did sell that site pretty hard. Hope he gets the site back up soon, he does a better job than I do tracking signings.

  • I am guessing someone along the line told him he wouldn't be good enough to go pro . But Boondock Saints reference is ok too lol I love that movie, although Dafoe was a bit creepy lol.

  • In reply to Bryan Craven:

    Dafoe is always a little creepy, isn't he?

  • Not many power lefties lying around anywhere in baseball, it would be nice to find one or two.

    I'm completely sick of the Pirates announcers. Yesterday they made the statement that Hammel is clearly the best pitcher on the Cubs roster because he leads all others in the W-L column, and because Samardzija is really having a tough year winning only two games... Now today they're knocking on their own prospect Kingham because of his W-L record even though hid ERA is at 3. Where did they find these idiots?

  • In reply to nmu’catsbball:

    Makes me feel lucky to have Len and JD.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Same here. Those guys are dinosaurs. And it's not just that they don't get advanced metrics, or even use them at all, it's that I don't learn anything from listening to them. That's really the one of the only criteria I have for guys in the booth. 1) Are they easy to listen to? 2) You should be able to learn one new thing everyday from listening to someone talk about the game for three hours. Len and JD are awesome in my book, and Brenly was really great with number 2 even though he was a bit abrasive at times.

  • Depends on the culture you grew up in or experienced along the way. The blessed by the Lord statement is perfectly logical for a Bible belt kid. The revenge=success thing seems just like a favorite saying kind-of motto or something. Don't think they contradict at all if that is what we are talking about.

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    In reply to Bilbo161:

    It's a play on "The best revenge is living well," i.e., don't get angry and obsessed at people who wrong you but go about your life as best you can. So, at its heart, quite Christian in intent. Clearly a bit of youth and arrogance in the "massive success" but, when you're an 18 year old kid who just got paid enough to buy Rhode Island, that's probably forgivable.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    That's a good way to look at it. Good point.

  • Obviously not Cease and probably not Steele, but do you think Sands has a chance at Boise this year? I'm guessing not, but just wondering

  • In reply to jswick23:

    No, maybe next year, Probably won't pitch much this year.

  • I love the quick signings, getting everyone into the fold right away.

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    In reply to Behn Wilson:

    Yes, it's nice to have Boras as the White Sox problem this year.

    Our number one is about to start abusing NWL pitchers.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Mike: Yes, us Cub fans have plenty to complain about this season but... the whole glass half full/empty thing! No Boras waiting-until-the-last-second issues. I believe this will turn into a terrific draft class.

  • As a pitcher, is there a bit of Rob Zastrey in Justin Steele except RZ was an underslot round 2 guy and JS is a probable overslot round 5 guy. Are they similar prospect?

  • Wait a minute, they have high schools in Mississippi? I figured all of them had already dropped out by high school.

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    In reply to MashBrotherMania:

    I live in Mississippi. Quit being condescening, you imbecile.

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    In reply to MashBrotherMania:

    *condescending (jeez, that sure helps)

  • My boy JC Pani is throwing rocks tonight.
    6 inn, 3 h, 1 bb, 0 r, 6 k

    I'm hoping for a big second half.

  • In reply to SenatorMendoza:

    He is coming around quickly.

  • EB injury didnt look too good.. hopefully it isnt too serious.. but if their is a bright side, maybe we can deal Samardzija and Hammel like right now and go into tank mode and get that first pick!


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    Y'all can laugh and joke all you want ! This kid is the real deal ! When he's got God and the Passeaus on his side he's gonna break the spell up there !!! So If I were y'all I would get on board ! History is about to be made !

  • In reply to Casey Passeau:

    Hope Y"all are right. I love it when history is made.

  • I think they will probably activate Sweeney and keep Coghlan up for a few more weeks, although I think they should bring a guy like Watkins in here and see what he can do, rather than what happened last year when he was up for two months but rarely got off the bench, which was stupid. Coghlan is all right, but at this stage he is one of those just hanging on utility guys and a decent triple A player in his twilight years in baseball.

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    In reply to Leo the Lip:

    I'm thinking they may send Grimm down to stretch him out here pretty soon with the thin bench. I agree on Watkins. Got to get some of these 40 man roster guys that are doing well up since most of the others are having crappy years (Szcuzr, B Jax, Vitters, Villanueva, Soler hurt). Alcantara more likely after the trade deadline passes and people like Barney and maybe even Valbuena while his stock is the highest (though likely as part of a package I think), are gone. Not saying they should trade him, but he's probably not going to bring back anything better later.

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    In reply to Leo the Lip:

    Thinking Russell or Wright will probably go before the deadline as well, with Rosscup and Rusin/Wada available below. Viscaino and Fujikawa if healthy could come in 2nd half. Parker also. Two of the three of Shark, Hammel, Jackson likely go. Villanueva has some value but likely only combined with others. Barney. Ruggiano. Schierholtz. Sweeney. Coghlan. Those last ones probably as riders on a SP or RP trade.

  • On another note, I realize we are all dying to see Baez and Bryant in here but I don't think it's going to happen until very possibly late next June, 2015. Baez goes good for a short period and the next thing you know he goes 0 for 10 and strikes out several times. I would hate to see what happens with big league pitching. The same goes for Bryant, who will probably see his first Triple A pitching in a few weeks.
    The way I look at it, we're not going anywhere for a while so let these guys learn the game down there without this pressure they will surely face in Wrigley Field. The Des Moines writers are probably a lot easier to deal with than the David Haugh's of the world. You probably all read his devils advocate article in today's Tribune, which was his usual garbage in my opinion.

  • I agree. I also dont think we see em till next June.

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    Baez and Lake seem to have the exact same problem. They cannot recognize the spin of a curveball that is headed out of the zone low and away. I'd be willing to bet you Dylan Cease could strike both of them out right now by throwing three consecutive curveballs low and away. It is their kryptonite. I'm not an alarmist, but it is a little scary that both have this issue (particularly Baez) and pitch recognition is generally a skill that is not learned... you either see it or you don't. Hopefully both of them can make some adjustments and end up being solid MLB players, but this fact alone makes me especially nervous. If Baez can even do what Soriano used to do, he will have some success. Soriano had bouts where he laid off of the curveball low and away. When he did, that always appeared to be whenever he hit one of his major hot streaks.

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