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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