The Chicago Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Mason Tobin from the Angels organization with the seventh pick in the Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs traded him shortly after to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations.
Tobin was the Angels 16th round pick in the 2007 draft and missed a majority of 2009 and 2010 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. Tobin pitched only three innings in High-A ball in 2009.
The Cubs did not lose any players in the Major League phase but lost Ronny Morla to the Mets and Casey Lambert to the Orioles in the Triple-A phase. 47 players were selected in the three phases of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday … 19 in the Major League phase, 16 of those were pitchers.
The Cubs held onto Marquez Smith, who some felt had a chance to be selected in the Major League phase.
Marquez Smith (25 years old, March 20, 1985) was taken in the eighth round of the 2007 draft by the Chicago Cubs … and is coming off an excellent season with the Smokies and I-Cubs.
Smith posted a combined line of .297/.371/.556/.927 in 107 games with 28 doubles, a triple and 20 home runs. Smith played a majority of his games at third (83) and should give the Cubs depth in the minors behind Aramis Ramirez.
Smith excelled at Iowa and hit .314/.384/.574/.958 with 26 doubles, a triple and 17 home runs in 91 games (342 at bats).
The Cubs received Ronny Morla, along with Jeff Gray and Matt Spencer from the Oakland A’s last December for Aaron Miles, Jake Fox and cash. Spencer is the only player that remains in the Cubs’ system from that trade … Jeff Gray recently signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Ronny Morla posted a 4-3 record in 43 games out of the pen for the Peoria Chiefs last season (4.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP).
The Cubs selected Casey Lambert in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. The left-hander made it has high as Triple-A in 2009 but pitched in just 19 games last season. Injuries and Tommy John surgery have slowed Lambert’s career.