Full 2012 Cubs Draft Recap

That was a long three days for everyone involved, I will try to break it down to the best of my ability for you.  It’s obvious that the Cubs needed to fill their system with pitching depth and it appears that they did so.

The Cubs had 42 picks in this years draft, 40 round plus two compensation (or sandwhich) picks.  In years past the draft has been 50 rounds, under the new CBA the rounds were reduced to 40.  The breakdown of the 42 picks is as follows, 22 pitchers (18 RHP, 4 LHP), seven infielders, eight outfielders, and five catchers.  Of those players 20 were college players, seven were junior college players, and the Cubs drafted 15 high school players. 

Here’s the full list…

 

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– George

Draft Day 3 Recap

Here we go….

Round 16

Round 17 

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Live Draft Blog; Round 2 – Round 15 Starts NOW!

The MLB Draft gets going again in about five minutes, round 2 through round 15 will be completed today, we will update this post with the Cubs picks, follow along and use the comments section to comment or follow on twitter!

Cubs 2nd Round Pick (67th Overall) –

Duane Underwood
Pope HS (Ga.), Senior
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 205
Position: RHP
DOB: 07/20/1994
Bats: R, Throws: R
Full Scouting Report
Underwood is everything you’d want from a high school pitcher: athletic with arm strength, a chance to have three at least Major League-average pitches and outstanding mound presence.The Georgia product will sit in the low 90s with his fastball typically, but he can reach back for 95-96 mph occasionally. His secondary offerings aren’t as good as the fastball, but both his curve and changeup have a chance. When he throws them right, his curve can have a very good 12-to-6 late break and his changeup can be very deceptive.He doesn’t throw either consistently right now and he does have some issues with command at times. His poise, knowledge of the game and athleticsm say he’ll continue to evolve as a pitcher, meaning he could start moving up charts this spring. —Round 3 through Round 15 after the jump.
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Chicago Cubs Draft Recap…So Far

With how bad the Cubs have been all year and the promise of a bright future, yesterday was like Christmas morning.  Well, I guess it was more like what we might get on Christmas morning 3-5 years from now.  Still an exciting day for fans as right now it’s one of the few things we can get excited about.

The draft kicked off with a surprise as Carlos Correa was selected number one overall by the Houston Astros.  In fact the guy most, if not everyone thought was going number one, Mark Appel, didn’t get selected until number eight by the Pirates.  The concern with Appel is his sign-ablity because he is represented by Boras.  Before the draft started if you would have told me that the Cubs would have a shot at Appel at number six I would have thought you were crazy, but there he was.  The Cubs however went a different direction, and I think the correct one.

Cubs 1st pick, number 6 overall:  Albert Almora

I love the pick, the kid is pure character not to mention an elite talent in the outfield.

Scouting Report from Baseball America..

Albert Almora combines a high school player’s upside with the polish of a college hitter. He’s headed to Chicago after the Cubs selected him sixth overall.

Almora has tools, game instincts and makeup; his lone weakness is his fringe-average speed, which some scouts describe as below-average. Scouts give him 60s across the board otherwise, with some giving him higher grades for his arm strength. His instincts allow him to play center field at a high level; one scout said he was a 40 runner with 80 range and said he played center field like some players do shortstop, being instinctual rather than reactive like almost all outfielders.

Almora has played for team USA six times already, he’s only 18.  I’m very excited to see this kid progress through the system.

Here’s some video of Almora…



Interview with Jonathan Mayo

MLB Netwok’s Piece on Almora (Try not to love this kid)

Cubs 2nd pick, number 43 overall (Supplemental):  Pierce Johnson

Here is Jonathan Mayo’s take on Pierce Johnson…

Johnson was moving quickly up Draft boards, but a forearm strain put that on pause. He came back and threw well, with plenty of time to show everyone he’s fully healthy leading up to the Draft.

Johnson has a good three-pitch mix starting with a fastball that is plus at times, touching 94 mph. He’s more successful when he keeps it down in the zone, which he does when he repeats his delivery well. Johnson throws a hard curve that works as an effective out pitch, missing more bats than he does with the fastball. He doesn’t use the changeup as much, but it has the potential to be at least an average pitch in the future. He throws strikes and competes very well on the mound.

Assuming he’s healthy, Johnson should join a solid group of college starters who could go off the board shortly after the top tier, profiling well as a No. 3-type starter at the highest level.

The Cubs got a quite a bit of value with the 43rd pick overall, and it could turn out to be a great pick if Johnson proves to be healthy.

Pierce Johnson draft video..

Cubs 2nd pick, number 56 overall (Supplemental):  Paul Blackburn

Here is Jonathan Mayo’s take on Paul Blackburn

After a big performance at last summer’s Area Code Games, Blackburn has continued pitching well this spring to keep him firmly on the prospect map.

The NoCal high schooler has a good fastball that hits 92 mph consistently and will touch a tick or two higher on the radar gun at times. His two secondary offerings – a curve and a changeup – both have the chance to be very effective pitches. He’s generally around the strike zone and thanks to his athleticism and sound delivery, his command should only improve with experience.

The Arizona State recruit has some projectability, meaning his already pretty good stuff has room to get even better. That should get him off the board early enough to keep him from heading to Arizona.

Good command and a ton of room to get better, sounds good to me.  The Cubs will be hoping that they grabbed Blackburn early enough to break his commitment to Arizona.

Paul Blackburn draft video…

Round two starts today at 11 AM CST, get ready for more draft coverage as new names will start pouring in very soon.

Thanks for reading!
– George

LIVE Blogging of the Draft Starts NOW!!

Welcome to the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft!

Here.  We.  Go……

With the 1st Overall pick the Houston Astros select….

Carlos Correa
Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Senior
Height: 6’4″, Weight: 190
Position: SS
DOB: 09/22/1994
Bats: R, Throws: R

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Full first round recap after the jump.

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