The Cubs signed 29 of the 40 players the organization selected in June’s Draft. And 19 of those players were selected in rounds 11-40. After taking a look at the stats the first 10 picks put up this summer, it is time to see how the players performed that were selected in the lower rounds.
1B/3B Matt Rose
The Cubs selected Matt Rose in the 11th round and he showed a lot of promise in the field and at the plate in 45 games. Rose played mainly first base for Short-Season Eugene and Low-A South Bend but did see playing time at third base (six games) in pro ball.
In 31 games for Short-Season Eugene, Rose batted .254/.288/.395 with seven doubles and three home runs. The numbers look a lot better over 14 games with Low-A South Bend. Rose batted .308/.357/.385 (16-for-52) with a double and a home run for a .742 OPS after he was promoted.
Matt Rose hit a combined .271/.309/.392 in 45 games between Eugene and South Bend with eight doubles, four home runs and a .701 OPS.
The 21-year old could have the best combination of offense and defense as any other first baseman in the system.
INF P.J. Higgins
P.J. Higgins was selected in the 12th round and the 22-year old started his pro career in the Arizona Rookie League. Higgins batted .288/.345/.488 with four doubles, three triples and two home runs for a .832 OPS. Higgins was bumped up to Short-Season Eugene where he hit .316/.361/.386 with four doubles and a .747 OPS.
Higgins spent time at second, third and shortstop and the Cubs appear to be grooming him the same as Chesny Young a year ago.
LHP Kyle Twomey
Lefty Kyle Twomey had a good showing in 10 games, six starts, for Short-Season Eugene. Twomey was taken in the 13th round and ended up 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Twomey gave up 17 hits with 13 walks and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings.
RHP Scott Effross
Scott Effross started his pro career in the Rookie League. Effross made five appearances and posted a 0-1 record with a 4.05 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Effross allowed three runs on seven hits out of the pen and finished four games. Effross did not walk a batter and struck out six.
In seven games for Short-Season Eugene, Effross allowed three runs on nine hits with five walks and 11 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings (1.26 ERA, 0.98 WHIP).
Scott Effross finished a combined 0-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 12 games combined between Arizona and Eugene (16 hits, five walks, 17 strikeouts in 21 innings).
OF Michael Foster
The Cubs selected the 21-year old outfielder in the 16th round of the draft. Michael Foster is a speed demon that needs to work on his defense. Foster played all three outfield positions in the Arizona Rookie League. Foster split time in the corners (11 games in left, 11 games in right) and played one game in center.
Offensively, Foster hit .241/.343/.287 in 25 games with two doubles, a triple and a .630 OPS. Foster was 2-for-5 in stolen base attempts.
RHP Casey Bloomquist
Casey Bloomquist pitched in nine games after he signed with the Cubs, one in Arizona and eight with Short-Season Eugene. Bloomquist was 0-2 in eight games, four starts, with the Emeralds and posted a 2.29 ERA and 0.76 WHIP after allowing five runs on 13 hits with two walks and 22 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.
RHP Kyle Miller
Kyle Miller’s pro career began with the AZL Cubs. Kyle Miller pitched one inning of one game before he was bumped up to Short-Season Eugene. Miller appeared in eight games, making three starts for the Emeralds. Miller was 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Miller gave up eight runs, seven earned, on 16 hits with seven walks and 12 strikeouts in 16 innings.
INF Blake Headley
The Cubs selected infielder Blake Headley in the 20th round and he started his pro career at Short-Season Eugene. Headley played three infield positions, mainly first base (31 games) and he saw time at third base (22) and shortstop (2).
Headley appeared in 60 games and put together a .230/.302/.293 line with 10 doubles and a triple for a .595 OPS. In 191 at bats, Headley had 45 strikeouts and 18 walks.
RHP Jared Cheek
Right-hander Jared Cheek pitched in 12 games in the Cubs system after he signed, three in the Rookie League and nine for Short-Season Eugene. Cheek completed 10 1/3 innings with the Emeralds and allowed nine runs on 13 hits with seven walks and nine strikeouts (7.84 ERA, 1.94 WHIP).
Between the AZL Cubs and Eugene Emeralds, Cheek gave up nine runs on 14 hits with eight walks and 15 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings (5.28 ERA, 1.44 WHIP).
OF Alex Bautista
Outfielder Alex Bautista had a solid debut. Bautista played the corner outfield spots in rookie ball and the Northwest League. Bautista showed some pop in his bat. 12 of the 25 hits he had combined between Arizona and Eugene went for extra bases. Bautista hit seven doubles, two triples and three home runs.
After putting together a .274/.318/.403 line in 18 games for the AZL Cubs, Bautista batted .242/.303/.364 in 28 games for Eugene with six doubles and two home runs.
Bautista finished his season in the Cubs’ system with a .255/.309/.379 line. In 46 games combined between the two levels, Bautista had seven doubles, two triples and three home runs for a .687 OPS.
LHP John Williamson
John Williamson put up excellent numbers for the AZL Cubs in seven games before he was promoted to Short-Season Eugene. Williamson was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. The lefty allowed one unearned run on seven hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings.
Williamson’s stint with Eugene did not go as well. Williamson allowed 13 runs, 11 earned, on 13 hits in eight innings over seven games (14.62 ERA, 2.38 WHIP). Williamson finished with a 1-1 record in 14 games, all in relief, with a 5.40 ERA and 1.53 WHIP between his two stops in the system.
INF Sutton Whiting
Sutton Whiting played in four levels in the system and made it as high as Double-A Tennessee. Whiting spent a majority of his 30 games with Eugene. Whiting batted .235/.297/.294 with two doubles in 14 games for the Emeralds.
Offensively, Whiting hit .254/.361/.324 in 30 games with three doubles and a triple for a .685 OPS.
Sutton Whiting played second base (11), shortstop (3) and left field (2) for the AZL Cubs, Eugene Emeralds, Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Tennessee Smokies.
C Marcus Mastrobuoni
Marcus Mastrobuoni was taken in the 25th round of the draft. And he did not hit that much in 16 games for the AZL Cubs. The 21-year old batted .159/.269/.182 with a double and six walks (7-for-44) during his first taste of professional baseball.
INF Angelo Amendolare
Angelo Amendolare saw time at Triple-A Iowa this season after signing with the Cubs. Amendolare played in three levels of the system (AZL Cubs, South Bend Cubs, Iowa Cubs) and put up good numbers in eight games for Low-A South Bend.
Amendolare batted .271/.388/.318 in 30 games with four doubles and a .706 OPS. Amendolare had more walks (14) than strikeouts (10). Amendolare played second, third and left field.
C Ian Rice
Catcher Ian Rice was drafted in the 29th round and put up solid offensive numbers in 47 games with Short-Season Eugene. Rice managed a .252/.375/.340 line with eight doubles, two triples and a .715 OPS. Rice is a very good receiver and spent 18 games behind the plate.
C Tyler Payne
The 22-year old Tyler Payne got on base 33 percent of the time during his 16 games with the AZL Cubs. Payne actually had more walks (11) than hits (10) and that led to a .192/.333/.212 slash line. Payne caught 15 of the games he appeared in and was Eugene’s DH one time.
OF Daniel Spingola
Daniel Spingola played in three different levels in the system (AZL Cubs, Eugene Emeralds, South Bend Cubs) and did not hit much in 35 totals at bats. Spingola batted .529/.571/1.000 over six games with the AZL Cubs distorts his final line of .314/.375/.543 with a .918 OPS. Spingola played a combined six games for Eugen and South Bend.
RHP M.T. Minacci
RHP M.T. Minacci did not have a smooth transition back to baseball. Michael Thomas Minacci appeared in nine games for the AZL Cubs and allowed 11 runs, 10 earned, on 16 hits with six walks and seven strikeouts (7.94 ERA, 1.94 WHIP).
OF Donnie Cimino
Outfielder Donnie Cimino had a .217/.284/.233 line in 20 games for the AZL Cubs. Cimino had one double and a .517 OPS. Cimino played 16 of his games in left field and one game at DH.
Matt Rose, P.J. Higgins, Kyle Twomey, Scott Effross, Michael Foster, Casey Bloomquist, Kyle Miller, Jared Cheek, Alex Bautista, John Williamson, Marcus Mastrobuoni, Ian Rice, Tyler Payne and M.T. Minacci are participating in fall instructs.