I thought it would be fun to take a look at how the 2006 draft picks, round 1-10 performed for the Cubs in 2007. All were still in the system as of today, so it was nice to see who did well and who did not. Remember, this was a draft that the Cubs were a little short on picks and didn’t draft in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds. That being said, it’s tough to expect much out of a draft like that, but there were some pleasent surprises in the seven players the Cubs picked in the first 10 rounds. Here is the breakdown of their year with comments.

RD

Player

POS

Avg / OBP /Slug
Rec / ERA / WHIP

Comment

1 T. Colvin OF ‚àë.299 / .324 / .488 with 16 HR & 88 RBI Many said he was an overdraft due to Samardzija, but with his development, he’s proving the critics wrong.
5 J. Samardzija SP ‚àë6-11 / 4.57 / 1.55 Seemed to figure things out when promoted to AA. 2008 will be a key season for his development and we should see a good indicator of what we can expect from him.
6 J. Lansford 3B ‚àë.273 / .305 / .354 in Low A Saw his batting average increase but overall plate discipline decrease significantly. Baseball America ranks him as our best defensive infielder in the system
7 S. Clevenger SS ‚àë.340 / .378 / .441 between low and high A. Spent the year playing 1B/C/DH and has not played SS at all since being drafted.
8 W. Muldowney SP ‚àë2-4 / 4.97 / 1.50 in 8 starts between rookie ball and A ball 23 years old, so needs to show something soon.
9 C. Anderson OF ‚àë.293 / .335 / .448 in rookie and low A ball All but 2 of his 47 games were in rookie ball. He’ll probably get the full year in Boise or Peroria in 2008
10 J. Renshaw SP ‚àë12-8 / 4.33 / 1.38 in High A Peoria Could be poised for a nice year and could turn into a fairly nice prospect with more development this season.
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail