Cubs Select Pitching and Possibilities on the Third Day of the 2014 Draft

The 2014 First-Year Player Draft wrapped up on Saturday with rounds 11-40. The Cubs used six of their picks in rounds 11-20 on pitching and used a total of 13 picks on pitching during the last day of the draft.

The Cubs used 21 of their 40 picks over three days on pitchers while drafting 19 position players. Six of the 19 position players the Cubs drafted were classified as catchers, seven infielders (two second basemen, two shortstops, three third basemen) and six outfielders.

The Cubs drafted several prep pitchers and position players with huge upsides on Saturday that they will have to buy out of college commitments … and a football player with huge, raw power.

The Cubs signing bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year’s draft is $8,352,200 million. If the Cubs sign a player in rounds 11-40 for more than $100,000, the excess is counted against the team’s bonus pool. If the Cubs draft a player in the first 10 rounds they are unable sign, the assigned slot value is removed from their bonus pool allotment.

If a team exceeds its draft pool by 0-5 percent it receives a 75 percent tax on the overage. If a team exceeds its bonus pool allotment by more than five percent and up to 10 percent, the penalty is the loss of a first round pick and a 75 percent tax on the overage. If a team exceeds its bonus pool by 10-15 percent, the penalty is the loss of a first and second round pick, plus 100 percent tax on the overage. If a team exceeds its bonus pool by more than 15 percent, the penalty is two first round draft picks and 100 percent tax on the overage.

Information from reliable resources on players selected on the third day of draft is often not available. This recap is compiled from several resources and if a player is not listed, there was not reliable information available for that particular player.

RHP Jordan Brink (Fresno State) – 11th Round (319th Overall)

Jordan Brink was an outfielder and corner infielder his first two years at Fresno State. Brink split time in the outfield and on the mound last year before becoming a full time pitcher this spring. Brink is athletic and features a fastball and a breaking ball (power spike curveball or slider) that has a chance to be plus pitches. Brink is working on a changeup.

Brink is 6-foot-1, 200 pounds and last year he hit 96 mph from a low three-quarters arm slot. Brink started throwing more from over the top this spring and sat in the 91-93 mph range with his fastball. His velocity dropped as he reached career marks in innings pitched. Brink throws his breaking ball in the mid-80s. According to Baseball America he projects as a starter while some scouts would like to see him drop back down to the lower arm slot and pitch in the back of a bullpen.

In 15 games, 13 starts, this spring, Brink was 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Brink gave up 31 runs, 27 earned, on 66 hits with 44 walks and 62 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings.

RHP Tanner Griggs (Angelina College) – 12th Round (349th Overall)

Tanner Griggs is 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and he has a big arm. Griggs consistently sits in the 91-92 mph range and can touch 95 mph. Griggs uses his slider as his go to pitch. Griggs throws a workable changeup and rudimentary curveball according to Baseball America. He has enough of a pitch-mix that he could stick as a starter, but projects as a middle reliever in a bullpen with power arms. Griggs has struggled with his command, but did make strides this past spring.

In 73 1/3 innings, Griggs gave up 22 runs, 17 earned, on 60 hits with 27 walks and 59 strikeouts.

Tanner Griggs is committed to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

3B Kevonte Mitchell (Kennett HS) – 13th Round (379th Overall)

Kevonte Mitchell’s future college coach labeled him as a five-tool player. Mitchell is 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, can pitch and also plays basketball.  As a senior, he hit .440 in 25 games with seven doubles, two triples and four home runs.

The Cubs would have to go well over-slot to convince Mitchell to forgo College ball for the pros.

Kevonte Mitchell has committed to Southeast Missouri.

2B Chesny Young (Mercer University) – 14th Round (409th Overall)

Chesny Young is an OBP machine according to Baseball America and he makes a lot of contact. And one look at his numbers back up BA’s report. Young hit .348/.430/.456 this past season with 71 hits and 28 walks in 53 games. Young struck out 14 times and hit 10 doubles with four home runs.

Chesny Young is 6-foot, 170 pounds and hits from the right side.

RHP Jeremy Null (Western Carolina) – 15th Round (439th Overall)

Jeremy Null is a rather big right hander. Null is 6-foot-8, 225 pounds but injuries this season hurt his draft stock and dropped him from a potential top five-round pick. Null sat in the 90-92 mph range and hit 93 mph early in in the season. His velocity dipped into the 85-88 mph range due to back issues. Prior to his back troubles his slider showed plus potential. Null also throws a changeup, but rarely uses it and according to Baseball America his frequent use of his sider could have hurt his velocity.

Null works downhill and has a stiff, upright delivery with a short stride and arm action, according to Baseball America, that puts stress on his shoulder and elbow. Null projects as a reliever.

This past spring, Null was 6-4 in 15 starts with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. In 101 innings, he gave up 87 hits with 29 walks and 93 strikeouts.

RHP Austyn Willis (Barstow HS) – 18th Round (529th Overall)

Austyn Willis does not turn 18 until next week (June 13, 1996) and he is already 6-foot-6, 205 pounds.

Willis has a projectable frame and has hit upper-80s (89 mph) on the gun. He has good tilt on his fastball and a sharp slider. His fastball command and velocity should increase as he matures.

Austyn Willis is committed to UC-Santa Barbara and is a prime over-slot candidate if the Cubs want him to finish the summer pitching in the system.

RHP Brad Markey (Virginia Tech) – 19th Round (559th Overall)

The Cubs selected his catcher in the third round of the draft, and there is a good possibility that Brad Markey will be throwing to Mark Zagunis again in Boise in the near future.

Markey had the lowest ERA (3.61) on the Hokies staff while leading the team in strikeouts (57).

Brad Markey was 2-8 in 16 games, 12 starts, with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. In 82 1/3 innings, Markey gave up 87 hits with 19 walks and 57 strikeouts.

OF Charles White (Maryland) – 21st Round

Charles White was teammates with Jake Stinnett at Maryland and hit .289 with a .396 OPS (13 doubles, two home runs) in 59 games. White was hit by a pitch 19 times this spring while walking 24 times with 17 strikeouts.

3B Joey Martarano (Boise State) – 22nd Round

Joey Martarano (R/R, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds) is a linebacker for Boise State and was hoping the Cubs would pick him in the draft. The Phillies selected Martarano in the 13th round of last year’s draft but his football coach would not allow him to play baseball. Martarano has been given permission to be a two-sport athlete.

Martarano has not given up football and will be in Boise this fall for practice. Martarano will be a backup linebacker, play on special teams and possibly at fullback.

Joey Martarano has not played baseball since high school, but was considered one of the top prep players in the state when he played third base for Fruitland High. According to Baseball America he has huge raw power.

OF Isiah Gilliam (Parkview HS – Georgia) – 23rd Round

Isiah Gilliam is an over-slot candidate and has big time power from both sides of the plate according to Baseball America. He is considered a top five round talent.

Gilliam is 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and has drawn comps to Bobby Bonilla. He was one of the youngest players in the draft (not 18 yet) due to a reclassification in March.

Gilliam has above-average bat speed “with an easy stroke and plus raw power to all fields.” Gilliam puts on a show in batting practice and makes solid contact in-game. Gilliam needs to work on his approach. Gilliam is a below-average runner and moved from third to first this spring. He is athletic enough to play a corner outfield spot and has average arm strength.

Isiah Gilliam is committed to Chipola Junior College in Florida.

C Michael Cantu (Foy H. Moody HS – TX) – 30th Round

Michael Cantu is a former quarterback that brings a football mentality to the baseball field. Cantu receives rave reviews about his makeup, work ethic and leadership. Cantu has raw power with a long swing. Due to his size, he might have to move from behind the plate. Cantu is a below-average runner and will likely end up at first base according to Baseball America.

Cantu is committed to Texas. Baseball America pointed out that “a team that buys him out of his Texas commitment is betting on his raw power, makeup and intelligence.” In 29 games, Cantu his .431 with a .577 OBP and nine doubles to go along with four home runs.

RHP Brad Deppermann (East Lake HS – FL) – 31st Round

After he was drafted, Brad Deppermann tweeted he was thankful for the Cubs giving him an opportunity to play professional baseball and he is excited to see what the future holds.

Additional information on Brad Deppermann was not available.

RHP Brad Bass (Lincoln-Way Central HS – IL) – 33rd Round

The Lincoln-Way product is committed to Notre Dame and poor showings this spring after playing basketball in the winter affected his draft stock.

Bass can run his fastball into the low-90s and his slider has shown potential to be a plus-pitch. Bass is 6-foot-6, 215 pounds and is rather raw.

LHP Jordan Minch (Purdue) – 35th Round

Jordan Minch has a lot of upside, he also has options. Minch has two years of collegiate eligibility left. He was a draft-eligible sophomore this year because he is 21 years old due to a July 1993 birthday. Minch is also expected to pitch in the Cape Cod League, if he does not sign with the Cubs.

Minch is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and posted a 1-7 record for Purdue this spring. In 14 starts he allowed 56 runs, 55 earned, on 102 hits with 36 walks and 52 strikeouts in 86 2/3 innings.

OF D.J. Peters (Glendora HS – CA) – 36th Round

D.J. Peters played centerfield for his high school team and figures to move to a corner spot as a pro. Peters is 6-foot-4, 214 pounds with big-time power potential according to Baseball America. Peters “has plus or better raw power in his right handed swing, which is fairly stiff and get long.” Peters has been compared to Dave Kingman.

Peters was projected to be selected in the first 10 rounds and there was a feeling he could be signed away from his commitment to Cal State Fullerton. Peters grades as a 45 runner with 55 arm strength and concerns have been raised about his aptitude.

C Riley Adams (Canyon Crest Academy – CA) – 37th Round

Riley Adams is committed to San Diego and Baseball America considered him a tough sign outside of the first three rounds. Adams if 6-foot-4, 185 pounds and is athletic and projectable.

Adams is raw but projects as a catcher, even at his size. Adams has good bat speed. There are questions about how much consistent contact he can make. Adams “could grow into average of slightly better power.”

2014 Cubs Draft Info
Cubs 2014 Draft Picks
  • Round One (4th Overall) – C/OF Kyle Schwarber
  • Round Two (45th Overall) – RHP Jake Stinnett
  • Round Three (78th Overall) – C Mark Zagunis (Virginia Tech)
  • Round Four (109th Overall) – LHP Carson Sands (North Christian HS – Florida)
  • Round Five (139th Overall) – LHP Justin Steele (George County HS – Mississippi)
  • Round Six (169th Overall) – RHP Dylan Cease (Milton HS – Milton GA)
  • Round Seven (199th Overall) – RHP James Norwood (St. Louis University)
  • Round Eight (229th Overall) – LHP Tommy Thorpe (Oregon)
  • Round Nine (259th Overall) – RHP James Farris (Arizona)
  • Round Ten (289th Overall) –  RHP Ryan Williams (East Carolina)
  • Round Eleven (319th Overall) – RHP Jordan Brink (Fresno State)
  • Round Twelve (349th Overall) – RHP Tanner Griggs (Angelina College)
  • Round Thirteen (379th Overall) – 3B Kevonte Mitchell (Kennett HS)
  • Round Fourteen (409th Overall) – 2B Chesny Young (Mercer University)
  • Round Fifteen (439th Overall) – RHP Jeremy Null (Western Carolina)
  • Round Sixteen (469th Overall) – SS Jason Vosler (Northeastern University)
  • Round Seventeen (499th Overall) – RHP Michael Knighton (Central Alabama CC)
  • Round Eighteen (529th Overall) – RHP Austyn Willis (Barstow HS)
  • Round Nineteen (559th Overall) – RHP Brad Markey (Virginia Tech)
  • Round Twenty (589th Overall) – SS John Tomasovich (Charleston Southern University)
  • Round Twenty-One – OF Charles White (Maryland)
  • Round Twenty-Two – 3B Joey Martarano (Boise State)
  • Round Twenty-Three – OF Isiah Gilliam (Parkview HS – Georgia)
  • Round Twenty-Four – CF Daniel Spingola (Georgia Tech)
  • Round Twenty-Five – C Tyler Pearson (Texas State)
  • Round Twenty-Six – RHP Zach Hedges (Azusa Pacific University)
  • Round Twenty-Seven – CF Calvin Graves (Franklin Pierce University)
  • Round Twenty-Eight – RHP Jacob Niggemeyer (Olentangy Liberty HS)
  • Round Twenty-Nine – RHP Gianni Zayas (Seminole State College – FLA)
  • Round Thirty – C Michael Cantu (Foy H. Moody HS – TX)
  • Round Thirty-One – RHP Brad Deppermann (East Lake HS – FL)
  • Round Thirty-Two – 2B Andrew Ely (University of Washington)
  • Round Thirty-Three – RHP Brad Bass (Lincoln-Way Central HS – IL)
  • Round Thirty-Four – RHP Steven Kane (Cypress College – CA)
  • Round Thirty-Five – LHP Jordan Minch (Purdue)
  • Round Thirty-Six – OF D.J. Peters (Glendora HS – CA)
  • Round Thirty-Seven – C Riley Adams (Canyon Crest Academy – CA)
  • Round Thirty-Eight – C Daniel Wasinger (East Lake HS – TX)
  • Round Thirty-Nine – C David Petrino (Central Arizona)
  • Round Forty – CF Diamond Johnson (Hillsborough HS – FL)
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  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Thanks again for the fabulous coverage Neil. Ii waited to go to bed to read your review.

    Seems like most of these pitchers are projected as relievers. Am I reading that right? I love all the catching. Would be great if we could sign the kid from CA and Cantu.

    • Tony_H

      Most pitchers will be projected as relievers on Day 3.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you liked it.

      Yes, as Tony said, most of the pitchers selected on day 3 turn out to be relievers.

      • J Daniel

        And most never make it.

        • Tony_H

          Kind of a numbers game. Only 750 players are on 25 man rosters. Just this year teams selected 1200 players and did so last year and the year before. They also sign 600-800 IFA a year as well. The best of the best make it. But all players start as either an IFA or by being drafted.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Agreed

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  • Tony_H

    I know there has been lots of talk about the Cubs maybe not spending all of their money in this years draft and then going down the road that it is them being cheap or out of money. Never mind that this talk is 40 some days before the end of the signing period and before we have any knowledge of how much the Cubs will or actually have spent.

    I will say that right now I expect them to max out their money without losing a draft pick. Their pool is $8,352,200 and I expect them to exceed that number and push the upper limit of the 5% overage of a little more than a 400,000 to be close to $8,769,810 that they can spend which will also come with a tax of 75%, up to $313,207.50. They will do this by the sheer volume of players they took after round 10, that will need more than 100,000 to buy out of the college commitments and the HS pitchers they took on the second day. Of course this also is based on who they can get to walk away from college and that is no sure thing. But right now, they can not sign all of the players they drafted. That is the problem with the slotting system. Since some teams didn’t spend money in the past and some teams tried to sign all their players, the rules had to change so restrict the teams that wanted to spend more, but yet some teams can still not spend all of their money.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Don’t forget that most players picked will never play MLB. The chances (percentage) of making it for even a cup of coffee if you are not a first round selection is in the single digits. The Cubs, picking #4, reached all the way down to the #25 slotted player, who also cannot play catcher, or OF, and thus is just a DH or maybe–maybe!–a 1B.

      And they did this to sign players who most likely will not play MLB.

      Now, be real happy about it, Cubs’ fans, because that’s what Cubs’ fans are supposed to do. And heaven forbid that someone would say, “That’s dumb!”

      • Tony_H

        #25 by who? You are reading analysts take on the draft, who have not spent nearly as much time on the draft as the teams. He was more in the teens on most list. The Cubs say he was 2nd on their list and by the best bat in the draft.

        He also is a catcher who can play LF and the fall back will be 1B or DH. That will all sort itself out over time. The 3 HS arms they will sign are all very good arms with huge upside.

        • J Daniel

          Agree on the HS arms, Tony. But, they are still a ways away and a long shot. Coached HS baseball awhile back. Went against a kid throwing mid 90’s and a high draft pick never to be heard of again. Need a lot of them.

          • Tony_H

            You are right, and they have been attacking pitching in volume.

          • Patrick_Schaefer

            Seth Blair from my hometown Rock Falls, IL picked originally by the Rockies. Went the college route to Arizona was a Cardinals 1st round supplemental pick and is repeating AA and really struggling.

      • Tony_H
      • Tony_H

        http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/cubs-encouraged-pitching-infusion-farm-system

        Jason Mcleod is on the video talking. A good watch.

  • Tony_H

    Neil – I sure hope you get a break at some point. Your coverage leading up to the draft, with so many player profiles and draft previews and the outstanding coverage of the draft over the last 3 days has been awesome. The draft has a lot more attention now than even a few years ago and it has turned into a 3 day sprint.

    Great job!

    • J Daniel

      Here Here!!!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Thanks man.

        • J Daniel

          As I have said before, I can’t watch the games as I can’t waste time on a losing product. But as a huge fan I get all of my info from CCO which is by far the best unbiased coverage on the Cubs you can find anywhere!

          • cubtex

            You and me both. This team is unwatchable.

          • J Daniel

            Actually, pathetic, IMHO. I will return as a viewer when Bryant arrives. It should be as soon as super 2 is over. He does not need AAA. Many of the best players have come from AA. He had 3 years of college which is like 3 years at Boise, Kane County, and Daytona. He continues to hit. Figure out where Baez is going to play and bring Bryant up. If Baez is at 3b Bryant comes as an OF. If Baez is 2b, Bryant at 3b. But to so ASAP!

          • cubtex

            Exactly. Who cares at this point about winning 5 straight against the Mets and Marlins? Olt is hitting .150. Only Castro and Rizzo are long term solutions on this team. It’s unwatchable

          • Tony_H

            I thought you were all about winning and having a chance for the playoffs, any chance is worth taking. They are only 5.5 games out of the playoffs, shouldn’t they be adding on instead of selling?

          • cubtex

            Hahaha. Look at that roster. It is brutal and cannot score runs or beat good pitching.

          • Tony_H

            What if the streak keeps going? At what point do we say

            Guy in Bar: [During mid-season] You know, they could be a lot worse.

            Construction Worker: Ya know, these guys ain’t so fxxxin’ bad.

            Groundskeeper #2: [In Japanese] They’re still shxxty.

            Edited obviously.

          • cubtex

            lol. this team has noooooo chance. turrible turrible turrible constructed team.

          • Tony_H

            Sorry couldn’t resist another Major League quote.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I am rooting for a jersey these days…I want to root for players. Players like Jody/Ryno/Sarge/Sutcliffe/Dawson/Wood/Sosa/Aramis/DLee/Zambrano that are there for 5-6+ years.

            I don’t buy jerseys, but to illustrate a point, whose jersey, outside of Rizzo/Castro, would you buy on this team? No one outside of those two are guaranteed to even be here next year. It is just getting old…and tiresome to wait.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thank you.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        Agreed awesome job Neil

  • Tony_H

    Jake Stinnett recovered from a slow start (1st inning slow starts is common with him) and some shaky defense behind him to go 6 innings, give up 6 hits, 3 BB, 2 HBP and 3 runs, 2 ER to pick up the W in Maryland’s 5-4 win over Virginia yesterday.

    • cubtex

      He got bailed out by a great defensive play by his cf in the 1st with the bases loaded after he threw an awful hanging curveball. He was around 89 on the gun. Very raw. As Baseball America says….Fluky delivery. He needs a lot of work and wasn’t what I expected out of a high 2nd round pick

      • Tony_H

        The inning would have been over already if not for the bad defense earlier, but point taken. Yes he is raw, he didn’t start pitching full time until last year.

  • J Daniel

    OK … I have been a huge supporter of team Theo and their rebuild effort. I understand that this system was almost bare and it is a monumental task. Only time will tell on this draft so I do not question their strategy of it or who they selected as most on here will. We are not the experts in the field looking at all of these players and only time will tell.

    With that said, this is their third draft and third tanked season for another high pick next year. I have seen enough of this now. I no longer want to hear any rhetoric on this or that. I now want to see these guys start to show up at Wrigley in the next two seasons starting with Bryant, Baez, and whoever else. I want action this off season to make next years team competitive with the goal of WINNING GAMES. It takes time for these young kids to develop once they arrive. They are not all going to make it here let alone all arrive and instantly be good. I expect to see actual major league players next year with an influx of their system combined with several free agent signings.

    I no longer want to hear about additional revenues needed in order to compete or put an actual major league roster on the field. I don’t care about the cost of the rebuild, the disagreements with the rooftop owners or the city of Chicago. At this point, I EXPECT ACTION and less talk. Like Nike says, JUST DO IT!

    Well, it is time that the Chicago Cubs Baseball Club, Owner Tom Ricketts, and Team Theo to JUST DO IT!

    • Tony_H

      I think they Just did it, during the 5 game winning streak! But do not expect them to give up now on the plan and start filling the team with 30 something FA’s. Over the next 2 seasons you will see far more than Bryant and Baez come up and I would say this off-season we will see them pick up some FA’s or make some trades to bring in players that fit what so many have wanted to see, yet still fit into their plan.

      • J Daniel

        I agree, I know the plan and agree with it, just tired of all of the talk. I don’t care about that. And at this point of the year the only people I want to see them win with is the guys coming up. Otherwise, these wins are not helpful.

        I want see Braynt, Baez, and Alcantara up here Pronto. A couple of SP would be nice as well.

        • Tony_H

          Baez is not ready but is getting closer. Bryant is ready and a lot more polished player. Alcantara I would expect up in the next couple of months.

          I agree on the SP’s and think they will as soon as Hammel and Samardzija get traded.

        • cubtex

          Especially if they draft under slot guys with the first pick in the draft instead of the BPA. It’s a waste of tanking.

          • Tony_H

            Except for they say they took who they had as the BPA and that other part of the pool of money is a huge part of the draft slot.

          • cubtex

            Yea I know what they said:)))

          • Tony_H

            No reason to not say he was 4th when they picked 4th and the consensus top 3 were taken ahead of him.

          • J Daniel

            ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS take the best player available. Maybe he was #2 on their board that we do not know. They all say he was the guy they targeted and wanted after the fact so … again … that part is TALK! NO MORE TALK!

          • gary3411

            They get more money with that spot in the draft, the pick doesn’t matter unless there really is a BPA, which there didn’t seem to be a clear one. Don’t you get that? If they didn’t have the 4th pick they wouldn’t have ANY SHOT at signing the 3 high schoolers.

          • cubtex

            Do you know how hard it is to make it? Don’t you get that? Most 1st round picks don’t make it. To sacrifice a top 4 pick to save money is ludicrous

          • Tony_H

            So you say that Schwarber is a sacrifice?

            There was no clear cut 4th player in this 3 player 1st round after all the injuries. You admitted this as well.

    • Ripsnorter1

      They tanked last year to skimp on their #1 pick this year to pay lower picks–or to just plain save money. That’s not rebuilding.

      Baez: he is striking out more than once per 3 ABs. He cannot currently hit ML pitching. No way do I call him up with this amount of non-contact–it would destroy his confidence and destroy him.

      Olt: well, we’ve proved that last year’s AAA number of hitting .208 were not due to the concussion. It’s due to the fact that he cannot make contact.

      The rebuild will continue.

      • J Daniel

        NOT! No way they tanked to save on money.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Okay. But it is pretty hard to deny that they drafted this guy to save money, since they admitted that. And we know that he hasn’t the skills to play ML catcher, and that he’s too heavy for the OF. So he’s a 1B to play behind Rizzo? Huh?

          • Tony_H

            You should read Tom U farm report. He says not so fast if you think he can’t catch.

            How about we actually let him sign his contract and play a game or two before we label hi a bust.

            And should we no longer draft 1B or SS because we have Rizzo and Castro signed? I don’t think so, that would be poor roster management.

  • J Daniel

    Shark is gone, we know that. Just a matter of when, to who, and what the return will be. But at some point when do they start to keep guys like Hammel? You need big boy pitchers and can’t keep trading them off. Need to trade some obviously but need to start to keep some quality.

    • Tony_H

      Just say no! Slogan day on the CCO. Hammel needs to be traded just like Feldman and Maholm. Look at both those guys and ask if you would like them today if they had signed a 3 year deal.

      • SuzyS

        Tony, I do agree it is time to start signing players to play with the team…not flip.
        In addition, we’ve seen three drafts now by theo and company….and I still don’t see a bankable TOR prospect that we can hang our hats on.
        In the sense that I believe that pitching is probably the single most important facet of a WS team…I’m disappointed that we’re
        we’re still wondering where the TOR’s are going to come from.

        I’m still a supporter of the overall plan…but my patience, like the patience of a lot of Cub’s fans…is beginning to wear thin.

        • Tony_H

          I agree with that, but TOR pitchers come different ways. I agree that all teams need a true ACE, but they are hard to find and don’t always stay ACES for very long (Justin Verlander is likely 3rd best on his team today). Teams can be very good and competitive if they can be filled with 2/3’s and 3/4’s.

        • Tony_H

          One other thing, I think they should sign a Maholm, Feldman, Hammel type every year to be the #4 or #5. Use them to get to mid-season, then flip him for more prospects and bring up your best young SP to be the #5 the rest of the year. You can control the young arms innings in AAA at the beginning of the year and still not expose him to full season of MLB and have to shut the young arm down in September like we have seen so many teams do, right when it counts. The Cardinals seem to have this play down to a science as well.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Tony is right. Hammel is playing for a contract, and he cannot sustain this level of performance. We do not want Feldman, Maholm or Hammel around here next year.

        • J Daniel

          Rip agrees with Tony and it was the last post. Too funny!