A handful of notes on the 2011 Chicago Cubs draft, from which the Cubs still haven’t signed many of their top picks.

  • The Cubs have signed their sixth round pick, high school catcher Neftali Rosario out of Puerto Rico. No terms have been released, but I recall reading in at least one place that he was going to be somewhat difficult to sign.
  • As I mentioned early yesterday morning (and then just about everyone else reported last night), the Cubs have signed third round pick Zeke DeVoss. Not mentioned? His signing bonus, which is now reported to be $500k, or about $160k over slot.
  • Jim Callis says there are “whispers” that a deal with second round pick Dan Vogelbach – a high school senior with an offer to play at Florida – is already in place. The big first baseman is expected to get an over slot bonus in the range of $1.65 million, which Callis suggests would be a pretty steep bet on Vogelbach’s power.
  • With DeVoss and Rosario in the fold, the Cubs have signed eight of their first 22 picks, but just two of their top 15.
  • The deadline for signing draft picks is August 15.
  • CubFan Paul

    i still think drafting Vogelbach was a joke ..what happened to taking the “best athlete” ..if he makes it to the Show i’ll eat my words but chances are he’ll eat his way away from the Show

    • Fishin Phil

      Paul, don’t worry – a few weeks at Camp Colvin and he’ll look like a Greek god.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Supposedly, between the Winter and the Draft, he lost like 30 pounds or something.

      • CubFan Paul

        i’ll believe it when i see it because i’ve seen his highlite reels & i couldn’t take my eyes off his man boobs when he ran

    • Jason

      Since when has a great baseball player had to be a great athlete? He’s a power hitting 1B – they do need to look like Greek Gods. They just need to hit bombs, drive in runs and scoop throws in the dirt.

  • EQ

    I’m fairly sure people thought Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder were too fat as well.. They seemed to work out okay.

  • STG3

    Because we have taken best Athlete and haven’t produced a impact player from our system ever. So now they take the best Baseball pl,ayer and you to critize them for that. Vogelbache along Baez has the potental to be an impact bat, we haven’t had one of out of the Cubs system ever. And Sorry Castro isn’t an impact bat, he is a potental to be an impact Player all around butg no one ever rated has an A prospect coming up. He was a Solid B+.

  • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

    Tommy Boy plays baseball?

  • RoughRiider

    I look forward to seeing some of these guys in th instructional league this fall. Especially Vogelbach and Baez. I just hope Vogelbach doesn’t turn out to be another Jim Dunegan. All kinds of hype for his power but nothing in the majors.

  • RY34

    hey when will hayden simpson arrive to save the day?????

    • RoughRiider

      May 01, 2014

  • Ralph

    Hayden Simpson… HA!… I’m still waiting for Earl Cunningham and Ty Griffin (picked ahead of Robin Ventura by the way) to come save the day! I can’t believe they already had to demote Hayden Simpson… WTF? I did see Austin Kirk pitch for Peoria last weekend against the C.R. Kernels… he actually looks pretty awesome (a past third round pick I think).

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Heh. Ty Griffin. I’m still holding on to his 1989 Topps rookie card, ’cause I *know* it’ll be worth tons some day…

    • Jason

      He has mono – maybe we could cut him some slack until his strength has returned?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        He had mono about a year ago – a very serious case of it, I understand. But I also understand peoples’ frustration at the length of his recovery. Bronson Arroyo had mono in Spring Training this year and didn’t miss a start. It’s just frustrating that it’s taking an abnormally long time for Simpson to recover.

  • Cheryl

    Simpson probably won’t regain the form he was drafted for until next year. Don’t forget he lost about 30 pounds to mono and that was bound to zap his strength. If he doesn’t come around by next year, then it will be time enough to knock him. He probably should have started out in the instructional league in the first place.