Cubs Lose RHP Marcos Mateo in Rule 5 Draft, Add C Charles Cutler in Minor League Phase

The Cubs lost one player in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft, right-handed pitcher Marcos Mateo. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Mateo in the Major League phase of the draft. Mateo has a real chance to stick with the Diamondbacks now that he is healthy.

Former Cubs manager Mike Quade left Marcos Mateo in too long for a relief appearance back in 2011 and Mateo was never the same. Mateo missed all of the 2012 season and a majority of the 2013 season recovering from an elbow injury. The Cubs acquired Mateo, the brother of Juan Mateo, from the Reds as the PTBNL to complete the trade for OF Buck Coats.

The Cubs selected catcher Charles Cutler off the Pirates Double-A roster in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Cutler hit .298/.397/.420/.816 with 16 doubles, three triples and three home runs in 86 games last season. Cutler is 27 years old, hits from the left side and throws from the right side. Cutler has been assigned to Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs lost three players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

The Miami Marlins took 1B Justin Bour in the Triple-A phase off of the Tennessee Smokies’ roster. The Orioles selected OF Julio Borbon from the Smokies roster in the Triple-A phase and the Pirates selected RHP A.J. Morris in the Triple-A phase of the draft. The Cubs acquired A.J. Morris in the deal that sent LHP Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals in January of 2011.

The Cubs passed on their second round pick in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft and selected only one player in both phases while they lost one player in the Major League phase and three in the minor league phase.

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  • Tom U

    A scouting report on Cutler when he was with the Cardinals rated him as the best strike zone discipline

    Cutler also has experience in the OF and at 1B. He will probably be assigned to Double-A Tennessee. That will allow Rafael Lopez to move up to Triple-A Iowa while not rushing Advanced-A Daytona’s Chadd Krist. Also look for 2013 16th round pick Cael Brockmeyer to figure into that mix.

    • raymondrobertkoenig

      Thought he had to stay at AAA or be offered back.

      • Tom U

        Here’s the article explaining it all:

        The rules for the major league phase do not apply for the minor league phase. He is simply a part of the minors for the Cubs, and can be assigned anywhere. For example, the Cubs lost OF Michael Burgess in the Triple-A phase last year, yet he spent the 2013 season at Double-A with Houston.

        • Neil

          Thanks for posting Tom.

  • BosephHeyden

    Plus side: we have a decent looking catcher in the high minors now.

  • Tom U

    A scouting report on all of the major league selections by John Sickels:

  • Todd

    Is big Dan going to move up to AAA.

    • Tom U

      That is not on the radar at this time, but things can always change.

      As of right now, Iowa will have Greg Rohan, who is playing in Puerto Rico, at first base. Tennessee will probably open with Dustin Geiger, who had a great season with Daytona this past year.

      Vogelbach will probably be the starter for the D-Cubs, and will most likely be backed by Rock Shoulders.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Surprised Ha was not drafted.

    • Tom U

      i was developing an article concerning why, but I didn’t have time to finish it in time. It could be the “Lendy Castillo effect”.

      With apologizes to Mateo, who is almost 30 and not considered a top prospect by the organization, I feel that teams shied away from Cubs’ players during the major league phase.

      Because of what happened with Castillo, other teams may have felt that the Cubs would be more vigilant about how their players were used if drafted. Other teams may have been concerned that would have been called out on anything questionable, as the Cubs were.

      • Tony_Hall

        That is possible, but let’s face it, the penalty is nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

        • Tom U


      • CubbyDenCritic

        it was not like that Castillo became a major pitching star……but the Phillies GM opened up a can of worms for other teams now…….Theo will pick his time to call out the Phillies when the time comes.

  • Tony_Hall

    Hard to believe they did this straight.$24M

    JIM BOWDEN ‏@JimBowdenESPNxm7m
    Cano gets flat 24m per year for 10 years no deferral #confirmed

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I am going for the $400 million Mega.

  • Tony_Hall

    “Junior’s going to get playing time,” Hoyer said. “We’re in the phase of our development where having at-bats for a guy to develop is really important. I don’t think you’ll ever see us bring up a guy that we consider a future regular player – an everyday player – and just not hand him at-bats. Because otherwise we’d much rather have that player at (Triple-A) Iowa.”

  • CubbyDenCritic

    From what I can tell, the top Rule 5 guys who were picked, seemed not to be major league ready.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Side note……Major of Chicago is telling the Cubs to start construction at Wrigley……..Ricketts still want no legal battles with Roof Top owners…………Cubs need assurance that once the construction starts, no court orders of stopping construction will happen. The ball is in the Mayor’s court to make sure the Cubs have the city legal power to prevent any lawsuits by the Roof Top owners in the court system.

  • cc002600

    just my humble opinion
    I think cubs make a big mistake if they trade Samardjizia. I think this is the year he breaks out.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Most likely he breaks a leg while flipping the dugout rail.

    • cubtex

      are you serious. He is a power pitcher so he will throw out his arm by July and need TJ surgery. They should trade him before he gets hurt.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    All these pitchers that the Cubs were targeting seem to be going one by one now……Chamberlain off to Detroit…………hate to be left with Marmol & Gregg to choose from.

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