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Looking Toward the Future

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This afternoon, let’s take a quick look at the players picked on day one of the draft for the Cubs.

Round #1, Pick #27 – LHP Brendon Little (State College of Florida Manatee – Sarasota): A hard throwing left-hander (and I mean can throw reaaallllyyy hard). Of course he didn’t have much success at North Carolina as a freshman and transferred to a school I’ve never heard of before so I would think that he has some work to do, especially with control.

Round #1, Pick #30 – RHP Alex Lange (LSU): Lange is from a school I’ve heard of at least! He had great success as a freshman and less success the next two years and there is talk that his fastball is down a couple ticks from a couple years ago. Hopefully this is something mechanical rather than arm related. I expect the Cubs to give him just a few innings this year to make up for a high college workload.

Round #2, Pick #67 – RHP Cory Abbott (Loyola Marymount): I didn’t know much about him before the draft but from what I read he had great success in conference play this season by adding a slider to his repertoire. His ceiling may not be as high as Little’s but he could reach the majors quicker.

So three picks, three college pitchers. The hope is that one of them becomes a #3 in the rotation, one becomes a useful piece of the bullpen, and one becomes a key piece in a trade down the road.

The second round of the draft starts around noon today, watch for some more pitching and some up the middle of the diamond high schoolers.

  • Doc Raker

    Did anyone tune into the Met’s broadcast? Darling is very good, very honest and insightful. The Met’s broadcast booth criticized both teams when appropriate. They talked about the Met’s having a 6 man rotation and a short bench, only 4 position players on their bench. When they were trailing by 3 with the bases loaded in the 4th inning they pinch hit with a pitcher. Darling was beside himself, he said no matter how this turns out this is wrong, pinch hitting a pitcher in a crucial situation, and went on to criticize the Met’s front office for having a 4 man bench.

    He also criticized Bryant and bAez for lackadaisical defense. Bryant misplayed 2 balls in the second dinning that resulted in a run and a lot of extra pitches. Bryant also fell asleep on a force play at 3rd forcing bAez to make an ill advised throw to first from the hole and also criticized bAez for other lazy plays, throwing his bat and almost hitting the third base coach on his last AB and not running out the pop up.

    It is so refreshing to hear a broadcast give honest and fair criticism. I am sure the Cub broadcast shills completely ignored or made excuses for the Cubs lazy play. Cub Nation deserves better.

    • Bryzzo1744

      I was thinking about that last night too. I got Smoltz and Costas last night, but I have listened to the Mets broadcasters a few times, and they always tell it like it is.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Same here, got Smoltz and Costas on the MLB network. I like Smoltz, as he often gives the former pitcher perspective to a lot of situations throughout the game. I think JD could be a similar broadcaster were it not for his current broadcast partner.

      • Bryzzo1744

        I liked how he was talking about the Mets rotation how he felt it could have been better than him Maddux and Glavine in the 90s and how today there’s no way Atlanta would have been able to retain all 3 of them. They would have commanded quarter billion dollar deals each

    • cap’n realist

      Ron Darling is an american treasure. Should be a surprise to no one that he gets the TBS playoffs every year.

      • Seymour Butts

        You want to call him and tell him that…or just nudge him.

      • Guy Karafa

        I also like John Smoltz. But will not watch ESPN again till the softball player is gone. No offense to softball players of either sex.

    • Doug S.

      I get WPIX on cable so didn’t have to fire up the apple tv. Darling was very good and as you say, correctly critical of Bryant and Baez.

      Not sure what to say about that game. Yesterday’s Cubs stock buyers may not feel great today.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Buy now before the price goes up! Great bargains everywhere!

      • Bryzzo1744

        I’m feeling fine because this is a long-term investment. I’m not selling the stock until 2020 at the earliest. And starting January 1, 2018, Ricketts can start crushing debt from the purchase of the team, since that is the 10 year anniversary of the Tribune company being sold to Sam Zell

      • Doug S.

        Have you considered editing Ricketts’ Wikipedia page?

      • Bryzzo1744

        Why do I need to?

      • Is Ricketts the one who flipped you off or the one you delivered pizza to?

      • Bryzzo1744

        The latter. Hendry did the former.

      • Sherm

        I call him Kricketts

  • Ben

    Question when players get drafted they can still play college ball right or do they go into the farm system?

    • Bryzzo1744

      If they don’t sign, they go to college. If they sign, they go to the farm

      • Ben

        So they can get drafted but not sign that means when they are out of college they can still sign correct because the come own the rights to them?

      • cap’n realist

        correct. That’s why college juniors can command some bonus money and college seniors generally can’t. Juniors can go back to school, finish their eligibility and get drafted again. Seniors have no where else to go.

      • Ben

        I would have never thought of that. That Juniors can ask for more money because a team wants them before they get out of college and get redrafted. Makes sense

      • cap’n realist

        Usually, the drafted Junior’s bonus clause has some verbiage calling for the drafting club to pay for the player to finish his studies after baseball. Most college players get drafted after their junior year for this reason, and most will sign. One of the 8th rounders I coached is already on his way to Lakeland, FL. The other can’t be far behind.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        So he was drafted by the Tigers. I lived in Lakeland for 4 years.

      • Eddie Von White

        How far behind, Marietta, GA?

      • Bryzzo1744

        They would get re-drafted

  • Bryzzo1744

    Muskrat’s latest mailbag. Lots and lots of mush and toeing the company line:
    http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/236671532/cubs-fans-ask-about-lineup-potential-trades/

  • Jerry in Wisconsin
    • Sherm

      Thanks, JiW – good stuff. Adbert is a man on the rise. Maybe the Myrtle Beach pitching coach could help the major league staff…

  • Doug S.