Tim Saunders Wins the CCO’s Fan Poll

The results of this year’s minor league fan poll are in … and the 86 players nominated surpassed last year’s poll by 16. With 362 votes cast, it easily outdistanced last season’s total of 236. In the end, infielder/ outfielder Tim Saunders pulled ahead of RHP Dillon Maples, OF Reggie Golden, and a last minute surge by 3B Jesse Hodges for the victory by six votes.

Over the next three weeks, there will be a poll of the top 20 vote-getters the right sidebar of the site and included in the weekly Down on the Farm Reports. Cast your vote on the ten players you want the CCO to post weekly stats updates on throughout the upcoming season. You may vote for as many players as you would like, up to 10, but only one voting session per IP address. Only the top 10 will be followed, so make sure to cast your votes …

The Top 20 vote-getters of the CCO’s Fan Poll
  1. Tim Saunders, IF/OF – 20
  2. Dillon Maples, RHP –  14
  3. Reggie Golden, OF – 14
  4. Jesse Hodges, 3B – 14
  5. Christian Villanueva, IF – 13
  6. Jorge Soler, OF – 11
  7. Dan Vogelbach, 1B – 11
  8. Juan Carlos Paniagua, RHP – 10
  9. Jeimer Candelario, IF – 9
  10. Pierce Johnson, RHP – 9
  11. Albert Almora, OF –  8
  12. Javier Baez, IF –  8
  13. Duane Underwood, RHP – 8
  14. Paul Blackburn, RHP – 7
  15. Stephen Bruno, IF/OF/C – 7
  16. Trevor Gretzky, 1B/OF – 7
  17. Barret Loux, RHP – 7
  18. Ronald Torreyes, 2B – 7
  19. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP – 7
  20. Logan Watkins, IF – 7

These players will now enter a separate poll to determine which ten will be followed by the Down on the Farm Report for the 2013 season.

CCO Down on the Farm Poll - Which ten minor league prospects would you like to see the CCO follow throughout the 2013 minor league season?

  • Dan Vogelbach, 1B (51%, 366 Votes)
  • Tim Saunders, IF/OF (46%, 329 Votes)
  • Jorge Soler, OF (40%, 286 Votes)
  • Javier Baez, IF (39%, 277 Votes)
  • Albert Almora, OF (37%, 266 Votes)
  • Arodys Vizcaino, RHP (33%, 234 Votes)
  • Pierce Johnson, RHP (30%, 216 Votes)
  • Christian Villanueva, IF (30%, 211 Votes)
  • Dillon Maples, RHP (30%, 211 Votes)
  • Duane Underwood, RHP (24%, 174 Votes)
  • Juan Carlos Paniagua, RHP (24%, 170 Votes)
  • Logan Watkins, IF (20%, 141 Votes)
  • Paul Blackburn, RHP (18%, 129 Votes)
  • Jeimer Candelario, IF (15%, 106 Votes)
  • Barret Loux, RHP (14%, 97 Votes)
  • Reggie Golden, OF (13%, 92 Votes)
  • Trevor Gretzky, 1B/OF (11%, 77 Votes)
  • Ronald Torreyes, 2B (10%, 72 Votes)
  • Stephen Bruno, IF/OF/C (9%, 61 Votes)
  • Jesse Hodges, 3B (6%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 714

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The breakdown of the players nominated was: 34 right-handed pitchers, 16 infielders, 16 outfielders, eight multi-position players, six left-handed pitchers, and six catchers.

Here is a list of the nominees and the number of votes received, in descending order:

  1. Tim Saunders, IF/OF – 20
  2. Dillon Maples, RHP – 14
  3. Reggie Golden, OF – 14
  4. Jesse Hodges, 3B – 14
  5. Christian Villanueva, IF – 13
  6. Jorge Soler, OF – 11
  7. Dan Vogelbach, 1B – 11
  8. Juan Carlos Paniagua, RHP – 10
  9. Jeimer Candelario, IF – 9
  10. Pierce Johnson, RHP – 9
  11. Albert Almora, OF – 8
  12. Javier Baez, IF – 8
  13. Duane Underwood, RHP – 8
  14. Paul Blackburn, RHP – 7
  15. Stephen Bruno, IF/OF/C – 7
  16. Trevor Gretzky, 1B/OF – 7
  17. Barret Loux, RHP – 7
  18. Ronald Torreyes, 2B – 7
  19. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP – 7
  20. Logan Watkins, 2B – 7
  21. Arismendy Alcantara, IF – 6
  22. Shawon Dunston Jr., OF – 6
  23. Kyle Hendricks, RHP – 6
  24. Junior Lake, IF/OF – 6
  25. Rock Shoulders, 1B/OF – 6
  26. Ben Wells, RHP – 6
  27. Zeke DeVoss, 2B /OF – 5
  28. Brett Jackson, OF – 5
  29. Trey Martin, OF – 5
  30. Ryan Searle, RHP – 5
  31. Tony Zych, RHP – 5
  32. Gioskar Amaya, IF – 4
  33. Jeffry Antigua, LHP – 4
  34. Michael Jensen, RHP – 4
  35. Justin Marra, C – 4
  36. Ryan McNeil, RHP – 4
  37. Garrett Schlecht, OF – 4
  38. Frank Batista, RHP – 3
  39. Austin Kirk, LHP – 3
  40. Tayler Scott, RHP – 3
  41. Matt Szczur, OF – 3
  42. Josh Vitters, 3B/1B – 3
  43. Yao-Lin Wang, RHP – 3
  44. Robert Whitenack, RHP – 3
  45. Jeffrey Baez, OF – 2
  46. Dallas Beeler, RHP – 2
  47. Alberto Cabrera, RHP – 2
  48. Marcelo Carreno, RHP – 2
  49. Ben Carhart, IF – 2
  50. Joshua Conway, RHP – 2
  51. Taiwan Easterling, OF – 2
  52. Eric Jokisch, LHP – 2
  53. Dong-Yub Kim, OF – 2
  54. Chadd Krist, C – 2
  55. Carlos Penalver, IF – 2
  56. Anthony Prieto, LHP – 2
  57. Bijan Rademacher, OF – 2
  58. Austin Reed, RHP – 2
  59. Zac Rosscup, LHP – 2
  60. Nick Struck. RHP – 2
  61. John Andreoli, OF – 1
  62. Jose Arias, RHP – 1
  63. Justin Bour, 1B – 1
  64. Michael Brenly, C – 1
  65. Lendy Castillo, RHP – 1
  66. Pin-Chieh Chen, OF – 1
  67. Steve Clevenger, C – 1
  68. Wilson Contreras, C/IF/OF – 1
  69. Rashad Crawford, OF – 1
  70. PJ Francescon, RHP – 1
  71. Dustin Geiger, 3B – 1
  72. Jae-Hoon Ha, OF – 1
  73. Marcus Hatley, RHP – 1
  74. Marco Hernandez, IF – 1
  75. Corbin Hoffner, RHP – 1
  76. Jay Jackson, RHP – 1
  77. Matt Loosen, RHP – 1
  78. Rafael Lopez, C – 1
  79. Carlos Martinez-Pumarino, RHP – 1
  80. Andrew McKirahan, LHP – 1
  81. Trey McNutt, RHP – 1
  82. Jacob Rogers, 1B/3B – 1
  83. Greg Rohan, 3B/1B/OF – 1
  84. Jose Rosario, RHP – 1
  85. Neftali Rosario, C – 1
  86. Austin Urban, RHP – 1

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  • gocubs

    Why isnt Brett Jackson on these cco prospect lists? He never was on the cco prospect watch here last year either. I never understood that.

    • Vivid_Reality

      Everyone knows who Brett Jackson is and since he was one of our actual top prospects he gets more media coverage. For that reason, the voters at CCO chose lesser known prospects to follow. The list isn’t necessarily composed of the best prospects in our system. Brett Jackson is absent this year because he lost his rookie eligibility. He acquired more than 130 at bats at the major league level last year.

    • Tom U

      gocubs, I believe I covered Jackson 2 years ago, when he hurt his hand at Tennessee.

  • Cubs_8

    Personally, I’m not a fan of locking in 10 players to track all season. I’d rather see the 10 hottest bats or arms in the system at that particular time.

  • mutantbeast

    I heard Vogelbomb was taking grounders at 3b a couple of days ago. Id lover to see if he can become a decent quality 3b, Ive heard his weight is WAY down(about 240 now) and he has the hands for the position. Vbomb is my choice for who the CCO should follow this year. On another topic, anyone heard anything else on Maples health?

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