The 2009 Major League Baseball draft was supposed to provide a great deal of hope for both of Chicago's teams. Unfortunately, the entirety of the excitement from that summer's draft class has come from a player on another team - in another sport.
The Cubs first round pick that year was outfielder Brett Jackson, the 31st overall selection. To date, Jackson has failed to establish himself in the majors, registering only 120 at bats in 44 games with the Cubs.
Of all the players chosen by the Cubs in 2009, only one has found a role in the majors so far. Second baseman DJ LaMahieu, who was traded to Colorado in December of 2011 (with Tyler Colvin for Ian Stewart), appeared in 109 games for the Rockies last year and has played in 111 games this season.
The most notable player drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2009 was the 1,310th overall selection in the 43rd round. Most people don't care about guys selected that far down the board, but he's the only guy on the Cubs' draft board who has played for a professional championship of any kind.
With that pick, the Cubs selected a right-handed pitcher named Colin Kaepernick from the University of Nevada. Of course, Kaepernick didn't stick with baseball, and is now the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
There are a few young pitchers who might see time at Wrigley Field in the next 12 months from the 2009 Draft.
- Chris Rusin was a fourth round pick (#140) and has pitched in 23 major league games to date. He spent the last couple weeks with the Cubs, last appearing at Wrigley Field on Aug. 9, but was optioned to AAA on Sunday to make room for Neil Ramirez.
- Brooks Raley was a sixth roung pick (#200) and has been to the mound in 14 major league games to date.
For the White Sox, their first round pick in 2009 (#23) was outfielder Jared Mitchell. He was, in 2010, considered the top prospect in the Sox organization by Baseball America but has slid to #13 since, and continues to play in AAA as a 25-year-old prospect.
We've talked about trades impacting Chicago's 2009 draft results in the series at length, and that's the case for the Chicago White Sox as well. The best player in their organization right now from the 2009 Draft is third baseman Matt Davidson, who was acquired from Arizona in the trade sending
Davidson was the 35th overall pick in the compensation portion of the first round in 2009. In AAA this year, Davidson has 18 home runs and is considered one of the five best prospects in the Sox organization today.
Another outfielder selected by the Sox in 2009 may get to US Cellular Field before Mitchell. Trayce Thompson, currently ranked the #7 prospect in the Sox system by Baseball America, has 12 home runs in AA this season and is regarded as the best athlete in the organization by BA.
Of the players selected by the Sox in 2009, only catcher Josh Phegley has seen significant time in the majors (65 games). Phegley was the Sox second round pick that year.