Draft class update

NorthSidersReport takes a look at the 2015 draft class, who’s signed, where they’re at, and who’s headed to college.

The signing deadline is Friday and the Cubs have deals with 29 players, matching their 2012 total when they had 42 picks at their disposal. Only two came from the high school ranks, as the Cubs continue to shy away from preps in the draft.

Pitchers dominated the college draft roster, inking 12 arms to go along with three catchers, six outfielders and six infielders. Six of the picks have yet to make their debuts and the rest dot the rosters of all six Cubs stateside affiliates.

The Cubs took Ian Happ with their first-round pick, signed him a $3 million bonus and shipped their top pick to the Northwest League to start his pro career. Happ leads the team in several categories including homers (4), walks (21), runs (21) and stolen bases (9). The switch-hitter is batting .244/.389/.442 in 24 games, 23 in centerfield. Happ’s not likely to be in town much longer and could end up on the Myrtle Beach playoff roster come September.

Here’s the rest of the Cubs 49 picks, starting with those signed. You can obtain news and bio information on each player by clicking on their name.

2nd Round—Donnie Dewees, OF—The left-handed hitting outfielder received a $1.7 million bonus and made his debut in the Northwest League for Eugene. Dewees’ best game includes three doubles and 4 RBI and the Florida native is hitting .281/.347/.391 after a slow start. Depending on player movement and injuries, as well as his own success, South Bend fans could get a look at the 21-year-old by season’s end.

3rd Round—Bryan Hudson, LHP—The left-hander from Alton High School signed July 2 for $1.1 million and will make his debut in the Arizona Summer League. Hudson will spend his summer in Mesa and then head back in the fall for instructs as the Cubs develop the young arm through their throwing program.

4th Round—Darryl Wilson, OF—The speedy high school outfielder from Ohio inked a $1.3 million deal on June 25 and starred in his debut with a pinch-hit, two-run double to give Mesa a 4-3 win over the Rangers. In four games, the 18-year-old is 3-for-13 with a stolen base in two attempts. He’ll spend the summer in Mesa and hopefully see action in the Northwest League in 2016.

5th Round—Ryan Kellogg, LHP—The Arizona State left-hander signed June 18 for a reported $367,000 (slot value) and made his pro debut June 29 for Eugene, tossing a scoreless inning of relief against Tri-City with two strikeouts. He’s made two starts since, going two frames in both, and is likely on an innings count, throwing 115 for ASU.

6th Round—David Berg, RHP—The side-winding reliever made his pro debut on June 30 in the Northwest League after signing on June 18 for a reported $50,000. In two games with Eugene, Berg recorded a win, a save, and 4 K in 3.1 innings. He was promoted to Myrtle Beach, already appearing in two games in High-A.

7th Round—Craig Brooks, RHP—The Division II player and pitcher of the year signed June 18 and made his debut July 8, allowing four runs while recording one out. He worked a scoreless inning in his second outing July 12 and should spend the rest of the summer in Mesa.

8th Round—Preston Morrison, RHP—After helping lead TCU into the College World Series, Morrison signed July 2 for $30,000 and debuted July 12, tossing 1.2 innings of shutout relief. The 21-year-old will be under a close eye due to his innings in college but could head to the MWL by summer’s end.

9th Round—Tyler Peitzmeier, RHP—The left-handed reliever helped Cal-State Fullerton to the College World Series and then signed with the Cubs on June 25. Making his pro debut July 12 in Mesa, the 22-year-old worked a scoreless innings of relief. He’s a top candidate to get promoted to either of the Cubs full-season A teams.

10th Round—Vimael Machin, IF—The first of the draft class to reach the Midwest League, the VCU grad hit .188/.235/.313 in five games for Eugene, going 1-for-3 in his pro debut June 25 against Boise. In seven games in South Bend, the 21-year-old infielder is batting .231/.286/.308 with two doubles and a RBI.

11th Round—Matt Rose, 1B—The Georgia State alum has been productive since signing on June 25. The 20-year-old went 2-for-4 with a RBI in his debut against Tri-City and is hitting .250/.317/.357 with a team-high 14 RBI in 16 games since joining Eugene. He’s spent most of his time at first base but has also played third.

12th Round—P.J. Higgins, IF—While the Cubs have not made it official, Baseball America’s reporting the infielder from Old Dominion agreed to terms with the North Siders. Higgins played infield in college but there’s talk he may move behind the plate.

13th Round—Kyle Twomey, LHP—The left-hander from USC inked his pro deal June 25 and debuted July 3 for Eugene at Hillsboro, allowing a two-run homer in his inning of relief. Another college arm on an innings limit due to his work load in the Pac-12, the 21-year-old made his first start July 9, tossing two shutout innings.

15th Round—Scott Effross, RHP—The Indiana University right-hander inked his pro deal July 2 and hasn’t made his debut. With limited innings on his arm this spring, the 21-year-old should make an appearance at either Eugene or Mesa.

16th Round—Michael Foster, OF—The outfielder from Northeastern University made his pro debut July 9 against the Rangers as a pinch-hitter. In three games, he’s 1-for-8 with a RBI. Foster should spend rest of summer in Mesa with a chance to move to Eugene.

17th Round—Casey Bloomquist, RHP—The Friday night starter for Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo has reportedly inked a pro deal and should see some time on the mound in the Arizona Rookie League before the end of the summer.

19th Round—Kyle Miller, RHP—The right-hander from Florida Atlantic signed on June 25 but has yet to make his pro debut. The 21-year-old will likely see some action in Mesa this summer and could get shipped to Eugene.

20th Round—Blake Headley, 3B—After signing on June 18, the Nebraska native made his pro debut against Boise, going 1-for-3 with a RBI. In 15 games with Eugene, the 22-year-old is hitting .214/.313/.238 with 6 RBI. Despite the slow start, Headley could find himself in a South Bend uniform by summer’s end.

21st Round—Jared Cheek, RHP—The Georgia Bulldog signed his pro contract on June 18 and debuted for Eugene on June 29, allowing a run on two hits. In his second game against Hillsboro, Cheek picked up his first pro save, with a 1-2-3 ninth. In four games, Cheek sports a 5.40 ERA with two saves in five innings.

22nd Round—Alex Bautista, OF—The power-hitting Division II All-American from Lindsey Wilson College turned pro on June 25 and made his debut in Mesa two days later, going 1-for-5 with a RBI. In 12 games in the AZL, Bautista is batting .255/.271/.362 with 5 RBI and two triples.

23rd Round—John Williamson, LHP— Inked his deal on June 18 and debuted for Eugene on June 28, as all three Tri-City hitters he faced reached base. The Rice University two-way player has appeared in four games for the Emeralds and is 0-1 with a 12.60 ERA in five innings.

24th Round—Sutton Whiting, IF— Signed his pro deal on June 25, headed to Mesa, and probably hasn’t had time to unpack his bags. The University of Louisville shortstop made his pro debut on the day he signed against the Angels with a pinch-hit single. He played five games for Mesa, made a one-game pit stop in Eugene and was shipped to AA Tennessee on July 8. In four games for the Smokies, Whiting is 4-for-6 with a triple.

25th Round— Marcus Mastrobuoni, C—Turned pro on June 18 and debuted July 3 vs. A’s, going 0-for-2 for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League. He collected his first pro hit July 10 against the Giants and is 1-for-6 in two games.

27th Round— Angelo Amendolare, IF— Signed June 18 and was sent to AAA Iowa, making his debut on July 4 in New Orleans and collected his first pro hit two days later. In six games, the 22-year-old is 2-for-11.

29th Round—Ian Rice, C—After inking his pro deal on June 25, the University of Houston product made his pro debut on June 29 for Eugene, going 1-for-3 with a walk vs. Tri-City. In 12 games, Rice is batting .302/.400/.349 while splitting time at catcher and DH.

30th Round—Tyler Payne, C—The Division II catcher from West Virginia State signed June 25 and put on a Cubs uniform July 7 for the first time against the Padres, going 1-for 3. In two games in the Arizona Rookie League, Payne is 1-for 5.

31st Round—Daniel Spingola, IF—Drafted for the second straight year by the Cubs, the Georgia Tech product signed June 25 and has yet to make his debut.

33rd Round— M.T. Minacci, RHP—Signed on June 25, the 20-year-old made his pro debut July 9 vs. the Rangers, allowing two runs in an inning of work. With limited action the past two seasons, Minacci will spend the rest of the summer in Mesa strengthening his arm and getting back into the flow of full-time baseball.

37th Round—Donnie Cimino, OF—The two-way player from Wesleyan University made his debut July 3 for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League, going 1-for-5 against the A’s. Cimino is likely to spend the summer in Mesa.

It looks like 6-foot-8 pitcher Jake Kelzer (14th Round) is headed back to Indiana for his junior year, as the red-shirt sophomore announced his plans on Twitter. Gonzaga 1B Taylor Jones (35th Round) and Vanderbilt LHP John Kilichowski (39th Round) are both returning to school.

High school picks John Cresto (18th round-Santa Clara), LHP Jared Padgett (26th round-Mississippi State), SS Devlin Zinn (28th round-Mississippi State), RHP Fitz Sadler (32nd round-Arizona State), OF Cody Hawken (34th round-Portland), SS Al Jones (36th round-Vanderbilt), Rayne Supple (38th round-Wake Forest), and Domenic DeRenzo (40th round-Oklahoma) are all college-bound.


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