Cubs 2017 draft
Here’s the quick rundown of who the 29 Cubs who signed and who headed to college in the fall. Cubs inked the first 22 selections in the draft. Check out NSR’s Draft Central.
New Cubs and where they’e at—LHP Brendon Little (1st round-Mesa), RHP Alex Lange (1st round-Mesa), RHP Cory Abbott (2nd round-Mesa), RHP Keegan Thompson (3rd round-Mesa), RHP Erich Uelmen (4th round-Mesa), OF Nelson Velazquez (5th round-Mesa), RHP Jeremiah Estrada (6th round-Mesa), LHP Ricky Tyler Thomas (7th round-Mesa), IF Austin Filiere (8th round-Eugene), OF Chris Carrier (9th round-Mesa), RHP Brian Glowicki (10th round-Eugene), RHP Rollie Lacy (11th round-Mesa), RHP Ben Hecht (12th round-Mesa), IF Austin Upshaw (13th round-South Bend), SS Luis Vazquez (14th round-Mesa), 2B Jared Young (15th round-Mesa), OF Brandon Hughes (16th round-Mesa), Peyton Remy (17th round-Mesa), Casey Ryan (18th round-Eugene), Chris Singleton (19th round-Mesa), Brendan King (20th round-Mesa), Sean Barry (21st round-Mesa), Brady Miller (23rd round-Mesa), Braxton Light (24th round-Mesa), Mitch Stophel (25th round-Mesa), Jake Steffens (29th round-Eugene), IF Cam Balego (30th round-Mesa), Ramsey Romano (31st round-Mesa), and Jeffrey Passantino (32nd round).
Back to school—SS Skyler Messinger (22nd round-Kansas), RHP Bryce Bonnin (26th round-Arkansas), RHP Darius Vines (27th round-St. Bonaventure), OF Kier Meredith (28th round-Clemson), RHP Hunter Ruth (32nd round-Florida), C Joe Donovan (33rd round-Michigan), RHP Andrew Karp (34th round-Florida State), SS Ben Ramirez (35th round-USC), OF Tanner Allen (36th round-Mississippi State), Allen Cornwell (37th round-USC), LHP Russell Smith (38th round-TCU), IF Cooper Coldiron (39th-Houston).
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Omaha (Royals) 5, Iowa 1
Omaha scored four times in the sixth and beat Iowa.
Hitting Recap: Cubs only had five hits and scored their only run in the fifth on a RBI single from Chris Dominguez (.330), who stayed red-hot, going 2-for-4.
Pitching Chart: Aaron Brooks (5-7, 5.96 ERA) got the start and went seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits, one homer. Brooks fanned nine and threw 99 pitches. Felix Pena (7.91 ERA) surrendered a solo homer in the eighth and Pierce Johnson (5.52 ERA) struckout the side in the ninth.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 5, Chattanooga (Twins) 4
Andrew Ely’s RBI single in the top pf the ninth gave the Smokies the win.
Hitting Recap: Tennessee grabbed a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a three-run homer from Cael Brockmeyer (.180), who finished 2-for-4. 1B Kevin Cornelius (.206) tied the game at 4-4 in the eighth with a solo homer. In the ninth, Yasiel Balaguert (.233) and Ian Rice (.246) led off with singles and after two strikeouts, Ely delivered the go-ahead single.
Pitching Chart: Zach Hedges (3.74 ERA) got the start and was charged with four unearned run over six innings, surrendering eight hits and a walk. Craig Brooks (3.86 ERA) worked a scoreless seventh and James Pugliese (6-2, 0.75 ERA) earned the win with a 1-2-3 eighth. Dillon Maples (3.38 ERA) fanned the side in the ninth for his fifth save.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 9, Frederick (Orioles) 5
Myrtle Beach smacked four homers and evened the series with Frederick.
Pitching Chart: Thomas Hatch (4-7, 3.33 ERA) got the start and went five innings, fanning five while allowing a run on six hits and a walk. Hatch threw 85 pitches, 58 for strikes, and had a game score of 58. Dakota Mekkes (0.00 ERA) added two more shutout frames to his resume with four punchouts. Pedro Araujo (2.33 ERA) and James Norwood (2.90 ERA) both gave up two runs in their inning of work.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 7, Dayton (Reds) 3
South Bend scored four times in the 11th to beat Dayton.
Hitting Recap: Austin Upshaw (.400) gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the first on his first MWL homer. Upshaw finished 3-for-5 and added a RBI in the 11th. Kevonte Mitchell (.238) delivered a two-run double and scored on a wild pitch. Mitchell finished 3-for-5 while 3B Vimael Machin (.306) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Pitching Chart: Tyson Miller (4.66 ERA) got the start and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Miller fanned eight and threw 76 pitches for a game score of 70. Marc Huberman (2.38 ERA) gave up a run in two frames and Wyatt Short (2-3, 3.32 ERA) got credit for the win, tossing two scoreless. Mark Malave (0.00 ERA) pitched a scoreless 12th.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 8, Tri-City (Padres) 4
Eugene scored in each of the first three innings and beat Tri City.
Hitting Recap: DH Jhonny Bethencourt (.310) led off the game with a solo homer and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three knocked in. Making their pro debuts, 2B Jared Young was 2-for-4 with two RBI and RF Brandon Hughes was 1-for-4. Kwang-Min Kwon knocked in a run with a single and scored once.
Pitching Chart: Bullpen night for the Ems. Yapson Gomez got the start and allowed two runs over three innings. Manuel Rodriguez (1-0, 1.80 ERA) earned his first pro win, retiring all nine hitters he faced, five on strikes. Jake Steffens made his pro debut with a scoreless inning, fanning two and walking one. Jhon Romero surrendered two runs in the eighth and Brian Glowicki kept the Dust Devils off the board in the ninth.
Arizona Rookie League—Padres 14, Cubs 1
Padres (5-7) clubbed Cubs (5-7) pitching for 14 hits.
Hitting Recap: Only six hits for the Cubs and Jonathan Sierra plated the only run in the sixth on a fielder’s choice. C Kevin Zamudio, SS Delvin Zinn and 3B Fidel Mejia all doubled.
Pitching Chart: Alfredo Colorado got the start and went 4-1 frames, allowing fie runs on six hits and a walk. Nathan Sweeney (1.1 IP) and Stephen Ridings 1.2 IP) were both was charged with four unearned runs. Jose Mac Donna gave up a run over the final 1.2 innings.
Dominican Summer League—Game 1—Cubs 1 (6), Rangers 1 (5); Game 2—Rangers 1 (5), Cubs 1 (1)
Cubs and Rangers split a pair of games.
Hitting Recap: Game 1—Fernando Kelli went 3-for-4 and scored once while Albert Hiniro was 3-for-3 with two RBI. Luis Hidalgo added two RB.
Game 2—Cubs were held to six hits and scored their only run in the first when Fernando Kelli led off with a single and scored when Christopher Morel was picked off first on the throw to second.
Pitching Chart: Game 1—Edward Vasquez allowed a run over three innings earned the win. Francisco Gracia got charged with four runs and Miguel Estevez blanked the Rangers for two frames for his first save.
Game 2—Yovany Cruz (2-2, 3.38 ERA) went five innings, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk. Francisco Garay worked a scoreless sixth in his pitching debut.
Dominican Summer League—Rangers 2 (6), Cubs 2 (5)
Rangers scored six times in the fifth to upend the Cubs.
Hitting Recap: Henry Pedra was 2-for-3 as the Cubs had eight hits in the loss. C Jonathan Soto knocked in two runs while RF Carmelo Alfonzo smacked his first pro homer, a solo shit in the seventh.
Pitching Chart: Danis Correra (2-3, 3.81 ERA) got the start and tossed four shutout frames before giving up six run in the fifth. Freddy Tineo, Ronaldo Lopez and Ferrol Heredia all pitched in relief.
Cubs Notes: Cubs have signed two minor leaguers and assigned them to the DSL—right-handed pitchers Jean Garcia and Anyel Beato, both from the Dominican Republic. Garcia was originally signed by the Padres as part of the 2013 IFA class and spent four seasons in the San Diego organization, reaching Short-Season last year. In 39 minor league games, the 6-foot-5, 20-year-old was 2-14 with a 5.70 ERA in 126.1 innings. Beato was signed in 2015 by Arizona and spent his first season in the DSL and pitched in 14 games last year in the AZL (0-1, 7.33 ERA, 23.1 IP, 8 BB, 18 K). The 21-year-old only appeared in three games in 2015 in the DSL. Garcia has been assigned to Cubs 1 and Beato will start his Cubs career with Cubs 2.