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Complete Draft Results

The draft ends as the Cubs snap their 8th game losing streak.  Here are all 50 Cubs draft picks:

SS Javier Baez HS
1B Daniel Vogelbach HS
CF Exekiel DeVoss COL
RHP Tony Zych COL
RHP Taylor Scott HS
C Neftali Rosario ACD/HS
1B Trevor Gretzky HS
CF Taylor Dugas COL
RF Garrett Schlecht HS
SS Daniel Lockhart COL
CF Shawon Dunston HS
LHP Jacob Lindgren HS
CF Trey Martin HS
RHP Dillon Maples HS
C Justin Marra HS
C Rafael Lopez COL
RF John Andreoli COL
RHP James Pugliese COL
1B Danny Hoilman COL
OF Ben Klafczynski COL
LHP Andrew McKirahan COL
RHP Ethan Elias HS
CF Bradley Zimmer HS
RHP George Asmus COL
1B Roderick Shoulders COL
RHP Michael Jensen COL
OF Taiwan Easterling COL
RHP Christopher Garrison COL
3B Drew Weeks HS

RHP Arturo Maltos-Garcia COL

OF Ronnie Richardson COL

RHP Peter Lewitt COL

LHP Sheldon McDonald COL

OF Hunter Kelley COL

RHP Ian Dickson COL

UTL Travis Garcia COL
RHP Steven Maxwell COL

RHP Casey Lucchese COL

RHP Ricky Jacquez HS

RHP Patrick Francescon COL

RHP Austin Urban COL

SS Brad Zapenas COL

RHP Jay Calhoun HS

SS Kenny Socorro COL

RHP David Ernst HS

LHP Sam Howard HS

LHP Antonio Gonzales HS

RHP Cory Edwards COL

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Which of These Prospects Will Make the Majors First?

Brett Jackson – The top position player prospect in the Cubs system appeared to be days away from a call-up when he injured his hand in early May.  Since his return, he has struggled mightily by his standards, bringing is average down from nearly .300 to lower than .260.  However, he did hit  a home run yesterday and has started to turn things around.

Jay Jackson – Similarly, Jay Jackson was almost called up last year to take a spot in the bullpen, but the spot was awarded to the now-injured starter Andrew Cashner.  There were rumors that Jackson would be called up to replace an injured starter earlier this year, but the Cubs instead gave the start to reliever James Russell.

Trey McNutt – The Cubs had to trade either McNutt or top prospect Chris Archer, along with Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer, Robinson Chirinos, and Sam Fuld, to acquire Matt Garza.  The Cubs chose to keep McNutt over Archer, which speaks high praise.

Josh Vitters – Many have deemed Vitters a lost cause because of how long it has taken him to reach the majors.  What they seem to forget is the fact that Vitters is still 21, younger than many players selected in this year’s draft, and is already playing at the AA level while others his age are still playing college ball or were just drafted and will begin Short-season A level baseball in the coming days.  Vitters has surged lately to bring his batting average all the way up to .274 after a slow start.  (Vitters tends to struggle when he is called up to a new level but then adapts and plays well enough to reach the next level where the cycle continues).

We’re Back: With some extra Barn and Camp

Had a good thing going here, but school simply got in the way of this blog.  Got out Monday, so now I am back.  The Cubs have changed a lot since I last posted here, going from decent, to quite frankly, terrible.  We were first place back on the day of the double header against San Diego, but now the only first place we are close to is the race for the 1st overall draft pick, awarded to the team with the worst record in Major League Baseball.  Rounds 2-30 of the Major League Baseball First Year Players Draft occurred today, with the first round yesterday, and rounds 31-50 tomorrow.  Here is a list of all of our picks so far, with sons of famous athletes bolded:

SS Javier Baez HS
1B Daniel Vogelbach HS
CF Exekiel DeVoss COL
RHP Tony Zych COL
RHP Taylor Scott HS
C Neftali Rosario ACD/HS
1B Trevor Gretzky HS
CF Taylor Dugas COL
RF Garrett Schlecht HS
SS Daniel Lockhart COL
CF Shawon Dunston HS
LHP Jacob Lindgren HS
CF Trey Martin HS
RHP Dillon Maples HS
C Justin Marra HS
C Rafael Lopez COL
RF John Andreoli COL
RHP James Pugliese COL
1B Danny Hoilman COL
OF Ben Klafczynski COL
LHP Andrew McKirahan COL
RHP Ethan Elias HS
CF Bradley Zimmer HS
RHP George Asmus COL
1B Roderick Shoulders COL
RHP Michael Jensen COL
OF Taiwan Easterling COL
RHP Christopher Garrison COL
3B Drew Weeks HS
RHP Arturo Maltos-Garcia COL

 

Trevor Gretzky is son of NHL great Wayne Gretzky, and Shawon Dunston is the son of the former Cub of the same name.  Speaking of the NHL, the Atlanta Thrashers have relocated to Winnipeg, bringing Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, and some former Blackhawks staff with them.  Sale and relocation will be made official on June 21st, pending NHL Board of Governors approval.

Brett Jackson has returned from injury for AA Tennessee, where 12 players were named to the Southern League All-Star Game today, and we’ll be keeping our eye on his performance in his route to join the major league team this season.