Cubs Day 3 draft

Cubs drafted 30 players on the final day, some won’t sign, those that do have the deck stacked against them to make a major league roster. Here’s the Cubs haul on Day 3 including NAIA first-team All-American Alex Bautista (pictured).

When the Cubs finished their work, 30 of the 40 players taken during the three-day event were from the college ranks. Cubs only took 18 pitchers but loaded up with seven lefties, filling an organizational need in the minors, especially in the bullpen ranks. Cubs grabbed four catchers but didn’t draft one until the 25th round, tabbing three college backstops. Cubs invested heavily in pitchers from top college programs but also sprinkled in an interesting group of talent from the smaller four-year schools.

Ten infielders, only two preps, heard their names called, six that play up the middle and four listed on the corners, The Cubs drafted eight outfielders, five from the college ranks. Because the number of seniors they signed in Day 2, there was some speculation the Cubs were saving funds to use on Day 3 but didn’t take a player that fit that bill until the 26th round. They took seven high school players over the final 15 picks, most likely to honor their college commit.

Here’s an overview of picks 11-40 with a bit more info on those picks likely to sign. NorthSiders Report will go into more detail on the 2015 draft picks (11-40) when they sign their pro contracts. Make sure you follow for all the signing updates and check out the player pages for not only the draft picks but over 200 other players in the Cubs organization.

11th Round Pick #323 overall— Matt Rose, 20, 3B, Georgia State University (Jr.), R/R, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, DOB 8/2/1994
Considered one of the nation’s top power hitters, the first-team All-Sun Belt third baseman hit 16 long balls in 2015 and had 31 in his career. A 24th round pick of the Blue Jays in 2013, Rose has impressed head coach Greg Frady since putting on a Panther uniform. "All of us thought Matt had pro potential from his first day on campus, and he did a great job in his three years as an All-American and a very productive player.” Frady said. "I wanted to come to college and mature, and Georgia State helped me to do that," Rose said. "I know I made the right decision. I want to thank my teammates and coaches for an awesome three years. This wouldn't have happened without their support." While there’s plenty of attention at the majors at third base, Rose could make a quick rise through the lower levels, especially if his power converts to pro ball.

12th Round Pick #353 overall—P.J. Higgins, 22, 2B, Old Dominion University (Jr.), R/R, 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, DOB: 5/10/1993
The native of Wallingford, Connecticut fits the mold of several middle infielders drafted from the college ranks by the Cubs, a good contact hitter with a advanced approach at the plate and an OBP that hovers around .400. A second-team Conference USA selection, Higgins hit .335/.402/.452 with more walks (26) than strikeouts (16). While he was selected as a second baseman, Higgins spent a majority of his senior season at third but also played second and caught.

13th Round Pick #383 overall— Kyle Twomey, 21, LHP, USC, (Jr.), L/L, 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, DOB: 12/29/1993
For the first time since they drafted Mark Prior with the second overall pick in 2001, the Cubs drafted a player from USC, taking the left-hander from Placentia California. An honorable mention Pac-12 performer in 2015, Twomey started his freshman season in the rotation, went to the bullpen as a sophomore, and was the Trojans Saturday starter in 2015, going 8-2 with a 2.88 ERA, 69 K in 93.2 innings. One of several players the Cubs drafted that played in the Cape Cod League, he spent two summers with Orleans. Twomey throws strikes and commands three pitches with a fastball in the high 80s.

14th Round Pick #413 overall—Jake Kelzer, 21, RHP, Indiana University (So.), R/R, 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, DOB 6/30/1993
Selected by the Yankees in 22nd round last year, Kelzer returned to IU and was part of their rotation, making 11 starts with 57 K in a team-high 73 IP (4-5, 3.95 ERA). A 2014 All-Big Ten Freshman team selection working out of the bullpen, Kelzer redshirted his first year and competed in the pool for the Hoosiers swim team. Cubs front office are fans of big pitchers, and at 6-foot-8, Kelzer fits the mold and only has 117 college innings on his arm.

15th Round Pick— #443 overall—Scott Effross, 21, RHP, Indiana University (Jr.), R/R, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, DOB: 12/28/1993
You have to wonder if Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs first-round pick last year from Indiana, was in the draft room on Wednesday when the Cubs took back-to-back Hoosiers. An all-star in the Cape Cod League for Wareham Gateman, Effross made the opening day start for Indiana, and made six more, but ended up back in the bullpen with two saves in 21 games,and went 4-4 with a 2.35 ERA. His 2.27 ERA ranks 7th all-time in Indiana history. Effross sports a fastball in the low 90s and also throws a change-up and slider.

16th Round Pick— #473 overall—Michael Foster, 21, CF, Northeastern University (Sr.), R/R, 5-foot-11, 184 pounds, DOB: 11/04 93
A two-way player his first three seasons at Northeastern, Foster spent his senior season in the outfield and had his best year at the plate, batting .343/.426/.490 with 4 HR, 35 RBI and 10 SB. He was drafted in the 38th round by the Astros last year and is a native of Pickering, Ontario. He appeared in 29 games for the Huskies on the mound, with 46 K in 43.2 innings and a 2.68 ERA.

17th Round Pick— #503 overall—Casey Bloomquist, 21, RHP, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (Jr.), R/R, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, DOB: 1/25/1994
The Mustangs Friday night starter averaged 7.17 K/9 and led the team with 98 innings in 14 starts, posting an 8-2 mark with a 2.76 ERA. A second-team 2015 Big West performer for the second season, the right-hander is 26-6 (3rd on all-time win list) and has a career ERA of 2.79.

18th Round Pick—#533 overall—John Cresto, 18, 3B, Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego, R/R 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, DOB: 12/15/1996
A lot of scouts got to see John Cresto at third base last year, especially when they arrived to watch Brady Aiken pitch. The three-sport athlete from San Diego has a scholarship to Santa Clara and the Cubs should be able to move the athletic corner infielder to an Arizona address for the summer.

19th Round Pick— #563 overall—Kyle Miller, 21, RHP, Florida Atlantic University, (Jr.), R/R 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, DOB: 12/21/1993
Cubs drafted their third player from Conference USA, taking the Owls Friday night starter in 2015. He led FAU with seven wins and fanned 62 with 18 BB in 76.1 innings. With just 122 innings in his arm in three seasons, the Cubs are getting a young arm with out much wear.

20th Round Pick— #593 overall—Blake Headley, 22, 3B, University of Nebraska, (Sr.), L/R, 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, DOB: 5/7/1993
A two-time All-Big Ten performer, Headley led the Huskers with 18 doubles and 41 RBI in 2015 and played 184 games during his four-year career, including 158 starts. He ended his career with a .294 batting average and excelled on the field and in the classroom, earning academic all-big ten honors three times. The native of Omaha has a chance to move up the Cubs system at third, utilizing his advanced approach at the plate and a plus glove.

21st Round Pick— #623 overall—Jared Cheek, 22, RHP, University of Georgia (Sr.), S/R, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, DOB: 10/31/1992
Maybe the Cubs’ front office have watched enough blown saves in the Cubs lower levels that they thought it was time to draft some pitchers with experience closing games. Cheek led the Bulldogs with 24 relief appearances, collected six saves and fanned 31 in 34.2 innings . He walked 18 and didn’t allow a run in 20 of his 24 appearances (2.64 ERA). The Athens, Georgia native started his college career at Georgia Southern and then transferred to Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, South Carolina, before spending his final two years in SEC.

22nd Round Pick— #653 overall— Alex Bautista, 21, OF, Lindsey Wilson College (Sr.), R/R, 6-foot, 200 pounds, DOB: 9/6/1993
Only two NAIA players hit more homers than Bautista, a five-tool outfielder that led the Blue Raiders in runs (69), homers (19), RBI (72), slugging (.728), stolen bases (27) and walks (24). A first-team NAIA All-American, the Brooklyn, New York native was sixth in NAIA with 155 total bases and helped the team to its first-ever World Series appearance. "What he did this season was impressive but his best days are still ahead,” said head coach Jonathan Burton. “The Cubs should be very excited about what the future holds for this young man." Bautista played the last two years at Lindsey Wilson after starting his college career at Clarendon College.

23rd Round Pick— #683 overall—John Williamson, 22, LHP, Rice University (Sr.), L/L, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, DOB: 9/27/1992
Another two-way player who could make a position switch if the left-handed pitching thing doesn’t work out. He appeared in 15 games on the mound, and fanned 8.9 K/9 in 20.1 innings and also hit .284/.352/.312 playing the outfield and DH. A standout on the mound at Lamar HIgh School in Houston, Williamson only faced five hitters over the previous two years. He was the 4th Conference-USA player drafted by Cubs.

24th Round Pick— #713 overall—Sutton Whiting, 23, SS, University of Louisville (Sr.), S/R, 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, DOB: 5/13/1992
A two-year team captain and an All-ACC First Team selection in 2015, Whiting hit .302/.407/.369 with 39 runs scored, 13 doubles, 27 RBI, 38 walks and 15 stolen bases during his senior season. He closed his collegiate career at Louisville ranked fourth in career stolen bases with 79 while playing in 208 games overall, including 185 starts. The native of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania was another Cubs draft pick who played in the Cape Cod League for the Bourne Braves.

25th Round Pick— #743 overall—Marcus Mastrobuoni, 21, C, Cal-State Stanislaus (Sr.), R/R, 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, DOB 11/28/1993
The conference batting champ last year for the DII school, Mastrobuoni impressed the Cubs scouts at the Cape Cod League, hitting .444 with a homer during the playoffs for Yarmount-Dennis. Earning first-team all-region honors this year, the backstop was the first catcher drafted by the Cubs and hit .357/.425/.522 with 3 HR, 17BB/20K, and 15 doubles. He played his final two years at Cal-State Stanislaus after starting his college career at Delta College.

26th Round Pick—#773 overall—Jared Padgett, 18, LHP, Graceville High School, Florida, L/L. 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, DOB 11/18/1996
If the Cubs saved any money with their first 10 picks, then they waited until this pick to spend it. Considered a tough sign, especially after day one, the Mississippi State commit throws a fastball and a curve. He tweeted after being drafted that he would like to be a part of Cubs organization “in three years”.

27th Round Pick— #803 overall—Angelo Amendolare, 22, 2B, Jacksonville University (Sr.) R/R, 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, DOB: 12/02/1992
The only guy with more hits and a better batting average than Amendolre in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2015 was taken by the Cubs in the second round—Donnie Dewees. A first-team all-conference second baseman, Amendolare hit .366/.441/.480 in 56 games and was 20-for-20 in stolen bases. The Long Island native spent last summer in the Cape Cod League and started his college career at Seminole State

29th Round Pick— #833 overall— Delvin Zinn, 18, SS, Pontotoc High School, Mississippi, R/R 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, DOB:5/29/1997
A Mississippi State commit, the teenager worked out at Wrigley for Cubs prior to the draft. He hit .296 with 7 2B, 1 HR, and 17 RBI as a senior and only struckout seven times in 88 at-bats. A basketball standout, the Cubs could have the money to keep Zinn from Mississippi State.

29th Round Pick— #863 overall—Ian Rice, 21, C, University of Houston (Jr.) R/R, 6-foot, 200 pounds DOB: 8/19/1993
After spending two years at Chipola Junior College in Florida (.330. 11 HR, 51 RI in ’14), Rice was drafted by the Red Sox in the 21st round last year, but enrolled at Houston instead. Finishing second in the American Athletic Conference in on-base percentage, Rice hit .255/.427/.364 with 3 HR and 9 doubles. He walked 46 times and fanned 34. Should come as no surprise that he spent the summer of 2014 in the Cape Cod League.

30th Round Pick— #893 overall—Tyler Payne, 22, C, West Virginia State University (Sr.), R/R, 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, DOB: 10/25/1992
A two-time second-team All-Mountain East Conference performer, Payne hit .354/.413/.571 in 50 games and batted .355 for his career with 15 HR and 86 RBI in 146 games over three seasons. He’s valued for his defense with a .994 fielding percentage over the past two seasons behind the plate at the Division II school.

31st Round Pick— #923 overall—Daniel Spingola, 22, OF, Georgia Tech, (Sr.), L/L, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, DOB: 5/5/1993
Selected by the Cubs in the 24th round last year, Spingola went back to Georgia Tech but suffered an ankle injury late in the season and had his consecutive game streak snapped at 96. The left-handed hitting outfielder batted .262/.345/.350 with 6 SB after hitting .319/.384/.451 with 15 stolen bases as a junior.

32nd Round Pick—#953 overall—Fitz Stadler, 18, LHP, Glenbrook South High School, Illinois, R/R, 6-foot-7, 175 pounds, DOB: 4/2/1997
An Arizona Sate commit , its likely the tall left-hander heads to Tempe instead of his local team. Stadler has a decent fastball that many think will add velocity as he matures and throws a curve and change-up. A two-sport star, Stadler drew attention as a high school quarterback but has decided to pursue baseball.

33rd Round Pick— #983 overall—M.T. Minacci, 20, RHP, No School, R/R, 6-foot, 175 pounds, DOB: 6/6/1995
Drafted by Rockies in the 20th round out of North Florida Christian High School but honored his college commitment and enrolled at Florida State. He never pitched a game for the Seminoles and headed to Chipola Junior College. He only threw three games for Chipola in 2013, didn’t play college ball this season, and was drafted eligible.

34th Round Pick—#1013 overall—Cody Hawken, 18, OF, Union High School, Washington, R/R, 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, DOB: 8/4/1996
Named the Washington Gatorade Player of the Year, the outfielder hit .465/.582/.986 with 7 HR and 30 RBI in 17 games and has a scholarship to Portland University if he doesn’t turn pro.

35th Round Pick— #1043 overall—Taylor Jones, 21, 1B, University of Gonzaga, (Jr.), 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, DOB: 12/06/1993
A two-way player his first two seasons at Gonzaga, the first-team all WCC performer hit .358/.414/.545 with 5 HR and 30 RBI in his first season as a regular starter. In a press release on Jones being drafted by the Cubs on the team’s website, head coach Mark Machtolf said he looks forward to Jones being a big part of their 2016 squad.

36th Round Pick— #1073 overall—Alonzo Jones, 18, Columbus High School, Georgia, S/R, 5-foot-9, 197 pounds, DOB: 2/24/1997
Tabbed the fastest player in the 2015 draft class, the Georgia high school prep is likely headed to Vanderbilt. The switch-hitter broke his hamate bone to end his senior season but showed some pop from both sides of the plate.

37th Round Pick— #1103 overall—Donnie Cimino, 21, OF, Wesleyan University, (Sr.), R/R 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, DOB: 8/21/1993
An all-conference performer at safety on the football field and in center field on the baseball diamond, Cimino hit a team-high .362 and graduates as the school’s all-time hits leader (240). He also leaves as the all-time leader in at-bats (646) and second in runs (144) and RBI (129) at the Division III school., the alma mater of Cubs GM Jed Hoyer. Note to Wesleyan baseball players, break Jed’s records, get drafted by Cubs.

38th Round Pick—#1133 overall—Rayne Supple, 17, RHP, Champlain Valley High School, Vermont, S/R, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, DOB: 8/18/1997
Armed with a fastball in the low 90s, the right-hander who also played short for his high school team, was a two-time Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year and has a scholarship to Wake Forest.

39th Round Pick— #1163 overall—John Kilichowski, 21, LHP, Vanderbilt (So.), L/L. 6-foot-5, 217 pounds, DOB: 5/17/1994br> A draft eligible sophomore, Kilichowski will more than likely head back to Vanderbilt and improve his draft stock as he was third on the team with 10 starts. Throwing in the low 90s, Kilichowski went 3-3 with a 2.97 ERA, 60.2 IP, 13 BB, 61 K this year and pitched in the College World Series as a freshman.

40th Round Pick— #1193 overall—Domenic DeRenzo, 18, C, Central Catholic High School, Pennsylvania, R/R, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, DOB: 3/8/1997
The Pittsburgh area prep with plus defensive skills is likely headed to the University of Oklahoma to continue his baseball career.

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