Cubs Sign Colombian RHP Erling Moreno

According to Ben Badler, the Cubs have signed Colombian Erling Moreno for $800,000. The 16-year old right-hander is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and already throws in the 90s.

The Cubs have signed three projectable International prospects on the first day of the July 2 signing period. Along with Moreno, the Cubs have reportedly signed Dominican right-hander Jefferson Mejia for $850,000 and Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres for $1.7 million.

The Cubs added International bonus money with the trades they made with Baltimore and Houston on Tuesday and raised their bonus pool from $4.56 million to $5,520,300. The Cubs have reportedly spent $3,335,000 on three players. The Cubs are believed to be the favorite to sign OF Eloy Jimenez, the top international prospect in this year’s class. Jimenez could receive between $2.5-$2.7 million signing bonus.

Baseball America ranked Erling Moreno as the 16th best international prospect. Moreno is only 16 years old and can already touch 90 mph on the gun with his fastball (sits 87-90 mph). According to BA’s scouting report, Moreno gets good angle on his fastball and keeps the ball down. He has a solid changeup and a projectable breaking ball.

Due to his age and build, Moreno projects as a power pitcher and has “plenty of room to add weight and velocity so he could throw in the mid-90s eventually.”

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  • DWalker

    by my calc, that leaves them slightly short, by about 200K of what the estimate for Jimenez is………. Lets hope they have something still up their sleeve and Marmol isn’t going to cost us here too………….

    • gary3411

      Agreed. If we do get him though, it seems we would have blown every other team out of the park in this little 16 year old lottery.

  • GaryLeeT

    Now this is more like it. I feel a good FO should build their farm system through drafts, and international signings. Not a big fan of trading good, and established MLB players for another team’s suspect prospects.

    • Tony_Hall

      I believe having an all around plan to bring in players is the best way. Glad to see you liking the FO

      • GaryLeeT

        I still feel like we got the bait & switch when the original 2 year plan to viability turned into the 5-6 year plan.

        • Vivid_Reality

          Was there ever a two year plan? I feel like most fans knew blowing up the team was really our only option. We’re just now starting to be released from most of our major negative financial commitments. From here on out I would say its probably a two year plan to approach the postseason. Once some of the younger guys come up, the front office will add a few major pieces to the team via free agency.

        • Tony_Hall

          Can you find where the FO said there was a two year plan? I don”t remember that

          • GaryLeeT

            .What do you think fan reaction would have been if Theo came on board, and said we won’t contend until 5 years from now? I think pundit, and fan expectations were that it would take 2 years to sort things out with a respectable team formed by the end of the 2nd year, and a contender by the 3rd. Those expectations were formed when Theo said (paraphrasing) “every year is precious”.

          • Ray Ray

            C’mon Gary. Theo said “Every year to win is sacred and they put together a roster every year with that in mind.” wink wink

          • Tony_Hall

            and then said that they wouldn”t make short term moves that went against the long term plans

          • gary3411

            every chance to win is sacred. these years were probably not considered legitimate chances.

          • Tony_Hall

            you think “pundit and fan expectations were”

            exactly please find where Theo or Jed said two years

            They said that they would be sticking to the long term plan and that every season is a sacred chance to win and they would make the short term moves they could without detracting from the long term plan

            They told us what was going on and yet you and so many others heard what you wanted to hear

          • GaryLeeT

            You do obsess a bit over the “gotcha” a bit too much. I already said the timetable was implied. Anyway, they still have not given any timetable, and they never will. Which must be nice to not have any expectations put upon them. So, where is anybody getting the idea it will be 2 or 3 more years before the Cubs contend? Expectations? Speculation? Shame on them.

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t see where you said it was implied. It is not a gotcha moment as much as so many people twist the intent that was stated by Theo on day one. There is no set number of years. As soon as the minor league upper level talent reaches through AAA we will know they are close and will start to put more emphasis on filling the holes at the major league team.

          • GaryLeeT

            I expected them to treat the Cubs like a major market team and add players like Darvish, Beltran, Bourne, and Sanchez, sooner, rather than later. What I did not take into account was that Rickett’s was not in the financial position to allow that increase in payroll. So, we got the 6 year small market plan instead.

          • Tony_Hall

            You can see an example of that plan out west in LA…..both sides of town actually…..

          • GaryLeeT

            The players I mentioned don’t play for those teams.

          • Tony_Hall

            It is analogous when comparing the state of the teams we are talking about trying to get better not already competitive

          • Ray Ray

            Tony, you always go to the extreme by saying everyone wanted to sign the PuJols, Hamiltons,etc. They could have signed the Michael Bourns, extended Garza(instead of EJax) improved the bullpen. They did a very poor job this offseason on putting together the major league roster. You have to admit that. And by that….I mean not addressing the bullpen, not adding any right handed hitting options on the bench. They didn’t give the team a chance to succeed.

          • Tony_Hall

            Do you believe they have NOT tried to extend Garza

            we have beat the bourne ultimatum you keep giving to death

            Is that it is that what would have made you happy Bourn and extending Garza

            That would have added a win or two to this year

          • paulcatanese

            I agree Tony, the “two year plan” was brought up and posted several times by posters, and had some lively discussions by all, 2014 was dismissed by most and 2013 was supposed to be the year to see significant improvement. This was all debated by the fans, and the FO cannot be blamed.

            OK having said that, I don’t recall the FO saying or even implying at that time that 2014 would be the year. No, they were silent, and that is just as bad as posters, myself included that 2014 or 2015 would be the year. Fans should deserve a decent time frame even when the new FO took charge, even if it meant

            2015 or 16. Now that it is in full swing, they (FO) feels its appropriate for 2015 to be in the picture.
            While I like some moves, I dislike others, and would have liked to have at least an indication of some kind of schedule that it would be crunch time. No you are right, when they came into power they said rebuilding takes time and fans they would hope be patient. What they didn’t say was it could take several years as people who know the game realize the odds, the youth, and players traded away, adds years for the final result.

        • Ray Ray

          You are right. This is a 5-6 year plan.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I always thouhht it was implied it would take a while since we had to basically build from the worst system in the league.
            We will compete sooner than 5-6 years. We’ll be competitive and fun to watch by jext year possibly.

            Signing all thise expensive guys you mentioend would have handcuffed us from huilding the powerhouse system that we will have and will be viable for decades. And Theo’s last experience woth guys lile Darvish was that he was good early then flamed out. We wern’t a club needing to add a player or two to go to the world series. We had to rebuild the whole team.

          • Ray Ray

            Remember how many said they would be fun to watch this year? It will be another year of blah in 2014. There are no free agents to sign and Theo isn’t about moving prospects up quickly. Let’s be realistic. They are building a great farm system but the major league team will be bad again.

  • BosephHeyden

    So, just to recap: we all but gave away a major league catcher, a major league pitcher, and a minor leaguer in Double A for money that we could use to overpay more international players. Apparently that’s all “Thoyer” needs to do: give away guys and then sign unproven talent.

    I’ll be impressed when one of these guys actually gets past High A. In five years.

    • RynoTiger

      so when Soler returns from injury and advances to Double A, likely next year, then you’ll be impressed right? If so then you don’t have long to wait really…considerably less than 5 years.

      • BosephHeyden

        Soler’s a different category, but even with him I’d be impressed if he makes it to the majors. Soler’s been in the system for two years now. I remember when it was him and Cespedes (and Concepcion) being hailed as the next big things. Cespedes opted to avoid the Cubs and wound up doing well in the majors his rookie year (before falling off this year). Soler was supposed to be the real prize of that trio and, as mentioned already, has yet to advance past A-Ball for whatever reason. And Concepcion was a complete failure.

        Those were supposed to be the best guys. One of them had a hot start in the MLB and flamed out, one has yet to advance, and one failed in A Ball already. We’re throwing millions at those types of players hoping they pan out. I mean, 90 mph at 16 is impressive, but this kid is only 16. He hasn’t faced anyone important. And the Cubs just committed $800,000 to him through a method that cost them a catcher and a pitcher that could have been unloaded for at least one PROVEN prospect.

        That’s what I want. I want one of these international players we’re throwing millions at to actually prove they’re worth throwing millions at. So far, it hasn’t worked. And it seems like all we’re going to hear over the next few years of Sveum-lead 100 loss seasons is “Oh, no one could win with THIS team,” or “Well, rebuilding takes a while, just give them two more years.”

        It’s getting ridiculously frustrating, because Ricketts has shown more interest in getting an old stadium renovated so he can get more people to show up than he has winning, Theo Epstein is hyping some “Cub’s Way” that has seen two guys that are supposed to be the future of the organization in Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo slowly fizzle out (and yeah, I get that Rizzo is hitting home runs, but if you’re going to bat under .260, you better be averaging 45-50 home runs a season), and we’re all supposed to believe that Jed Hoyer, who put together a team that won 90 games once and lost 90 games twice, is supposed to be the greatest GM this team has ever seen.

        It’s getting to be too much. All we keep getting is “have faith”, faith in a team that has had an entire generation of fans told them same thing and die without seeing a World Series. Progress is just not being made. And fans are buying into all this. By the time they stop, it won’t even matter anymore.

        • Denver Mike

          Jorge Soler signed with the Cubs in June of 2012, so unless it’s 2014 he has been in the system for a little over 1 year…more facts, less emotion.

        • triple

          If you had a clue, you’d realize that Jorge Soler didn’t get to play baseball for an entire year while he was defecting from Cuba. Do you know what this kid went through so he could get to America and play the game he loves and make a living doing it? He risked way more than you’ve ever had to worry about in your life.

          Please stop rooting for the Cubs.

          • BosephHeyden

            Wow, that all translates to “great MLB player”. It’s like Koyie Hill: can’t hit worth a lick, but because he’s a great clubhouse guy he keeps getting major league shot after major league shot. If he defected from Cuba, he’d be a Hall of Famer. And I’m the delusional one?

          • triple

            Just making the point that a young kid didn’t play the game for a year, and you want him in the major leagues immediately and making an impact. Just very shortsighted on your part. And please show me where I was praising Koyie Hill while I’m talking about Jorge Soler and the time anyone needs to put it all together to be a good ball player. And you think I’m the delusional one? Thanks for the laugh! Reading comprehension at it’s finest.

    • Rich Cap

      A minor league catcher who couldn’t hit anything last season and had people around here complaining about why he was even in the majors. A major league pitcher who was a free agent at seasons end (and since the cubs weren’t going to make a qualifying offer would have left with nothing in return and a double AA SS who most around here though was crap when they traded Marshall to get him. This is why I stopped reading this site. Neil does outstanding work, but not even his work can make me stick around.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I appreciate your compliment about the site and the work we do. I hope you come back for the reports.

    • Denver Mike

      Clevenger was a major league catcher? With his career .199/.262/.275 line at the major league level? I stopped paying attention after that as I assumed the rest of this post was just as deluded.

      • triple

        I basically made the same post as you, but also brought up his 13% success rate of throwing out basestealers… haha! Gotta wonder why other teams weren’t offering up their 2 best prospects for him?

      • BosephHeyden

        Youth: it suits Theo homers when it’s one of his guys. Not so much when it’s anyone else.

    • triple

      For referring to a catcher with 211 major league AB’s over parts of 3 injury riddled seasons who hit a whopping .199, and allowed 45 stolen bases while only throwing out 7 (yes that’s a 13% effort), I don’t even think you deserve to have an opinion on any matter concerning baseball. Seriously? You actually typed that crap?

      • BosephHeyden

        He was on the 40 man roster, was a younger guy that performed well in the minors, and had the misfortune of being injured when he hit the majors. But was still on the major league roster and, hence, was a major league catcher.

        You and Theo homers like you are part of the problem.

        • triple

          Oh that’s right because every player who performed well in the minors goes on to have an average or better career. I think it was Rip who posted the percentages of success that a minor leaguer will have stay more than 3 years in the MLB, and it was less than 10%. It looks like Cleavenger is not gonna be one of those guys with staying power. Add up the injuries and ineffectiveness and you still wanna give the guy a shot? And you’re calling me a homer? Way to sling names on the board friend.

  • Ray Ray

    I think today comes down to if they are able to sign Eloy Jiminez with these moves. If they do….kudos to Theo. If not……..meh.

    • DWalker

      agreed

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        It’s been a banner day with or withiut him. But he would be a nice cherry on top.

  • Robmor

    Top international prospect Eloy Jimenez has decided to turn down more money from another club to sign with the Cubs, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez