2017 Draft News and Notes
Time to fire up this daily update. The Cubs made 41 picks this year, 25 pitchers and 16 position players. Twenty-nine of the picks were from the college ranks with 12 preps. The odds are very high that the Cubs will sign their top 11 picks as many had deals already in place before the draft. Cubs will have to come up with extra money to ink California high school pitcher Jeremiah Estrada (6th round) and lure the right-hander from his UCLA commit. You can almost guarantee that all the college seniors drafted and out of eligibility will sign, and that includes RHP Casey Ryan (18th round), RHP Brendan King (20th round), RHP Sean Berry (21st round), RHP Jake Steffens 29th round), and IF Cam Balego (30th round).
An unconfirmed report on twitter has first baseman Austin Upshaw (13th round) signing for the slot limit for picks 11-40—$100,000—while infielder Cooper Coldiron (39th round) will return for his senior year at Houston.
Here’s more of the preps that “won’t sign”.
Alex Cornwell (37th round)—The left-handed California prep told the La Canada Valley Sun that he would be going to USC and not sign with the Cubs.
Tanner Allen (36th round)—The centerfielder from Alabama told Al.com that he was definitely planning on attending Mississippi State and not signing.
Joe Donovan (33rd round)—Jason McLeod told Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald that the catcher from Westmont High School near Chicago would be attending the University of Michigan. Donovan was originally scouted by Stan Zielinski, who died earlier this year.
Bryce Bonnin (26th round)—The Texas right-hander told a follower on twitter that he would be attending the University of Arkansas this fall.
LHP Russell Smith (38th round-TCU), SS Ben Ramirez (35th round-USC), and Hunter Ruth (32nd round-Florida) are expected to head to college. The Cubs also took college players Ramsey Romano (31st round-Long Beach) and RHP Andrew Karp (34th round-Florida State) but both may be looking to return for their senior seasons to improve their draft stock.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Nashville (A’s) 7, Iowa 1
Nashville grabbed an early lead and beat Iowa to earn the series split.
Hitting Recap: 3B Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and knocked in the only run for the Cubs. CF Jacob Hannemann was 2-for-4 with a run scored and C Victor Caratini was on base three times with two singles and a walk.
Pitching Chart: Zach Hedges made his AAA debut and gave up three runs in the first and three more in the second. Hedges finished with a line of 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K. Andury Acevedo gave up a run in two innings of relief and Jack Leathersich worked a 1-2-3 eighth.
Southern League—AA—Chattanooga (Twins) 5, Tennessee 3
Chattanooga scored three times in the ninth and clinched the first half title in the North Division.
Pitching Chart: James Pugliese made the start, blanking the Lookouts over 3.2 frames with three strikeouts. David Berg allowed a run in 1.1 innings of relief and Brad Markey tossed three frames, allowing an unearned run. Ryan McNeil (1-2, 3.78 ERA) got charged with the blown save and took the loss, surrendering runs in the ninth, none of them earned.
Carolina League—High A—Down East (Rangers) 2, Myrtle Beach 0
Down East scored twice in the third and gave Myrtle Beach a dose of their own medicine with a shutout.
Pitching Chart: Michael Rucker (1-1, 1.73 ERA) tossed six strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Jordan Minch and James Norwood both grew a scoreless inning of relief. Pelicans set a new franchise record with 33 straight scoreless innings.
Midwest League—Low A—Lake County (Indians) 6, South Bend 5
Lake County scored a run in the top of the ninth to eliminate South Bend from the playoffs.
Hitting Recap: C Alberto Mineo was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one knocked in. Zack Short was on base three times with a double and two walks, scoring twice. Vimael Machin, Chris Pieters, Adonis Paula and Roberto Caro all got credit for RBI.
Pitching Chart: Dylan Cease made his second appearance since coming off the DL with an ankle injury, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. Tyler Peyton tossed 4.2 innings of relief, yielding three runs on five hits to go along with six strikeouts. Peyton gave up a pair of homers. Marc Huberman worked a scoreless eighth and then allowed an unearned run in the ninth.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Vancouver (Blue Jays) 7, Eugene 0
Four Vancouver pitchers blanked Eugene on seven hits.
Hitting Recap: Gustavo Polanco went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the offense.
Pitching Chart: Jesus Camargo (0-1, 6.00 ERA) got the start and went three innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk. Andry Rondon fanned four over two innings of relief and Jhon Romero fired two shutout frames. Junior Marte allowed tow runs in the ninth
Dominican Summer League— Indians 7, Cubs 1 (3)
Indians scored four times in the fourth and beat the Cubs.
Pitching Chart: Keiber Arredondo (0-1, 3.48 ERA) got the start and was the losing pitcher, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks. Elias Herrera gave up two runs in 1.2 innings while Francisco Gracia got charged with two runs over the final three frames.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (3), Tigers 0
Pitching Chart: Emilio Ferrebus (1-1, 2.77 ERA) got the start and the 19-year-old right-hander fanned seven over five innings, allowing a single and a walk. He recorded seven ground ball outs and had a game score 73. Ivan Medina pitched the final four frames for his first save, walking two while recording five strikeouts.