Thanks in no small part to the CBA imposed draft budget limitations, the Cubs were unable to sign 2012 25th round draft pick Rhett Wiseman. While the outfielder is no where near the same caliber of prospect as Albert Almora, he would have been a nice additional piece to the farm system had there been room in the budget.

Of course, nothing says the Cubs are done with Wiseman forever. Under Tim Wilken (who is still holds a key role in the Cubs’ front office) the Cubs have made a habit of redrafting out of college players they drafted out of high school and could not sign a few years prior. Tony Zych is one such example. Andrew Cashner was another example (although in his case, the Cubs selected him from college twice), and there are plenty of others. There is no reason the Cubs could not take take Wiseman with a pick at the back of the first or second round three years from now.

With that in mind, it does not hurt to keep tabs on Wiseman (as well as other possible future redraftees for the Cubs). Wiseman recently picked up some accolades from Baseball America for his play in the Futures League. The soon to be Vanderbilt freshman was considered to be the best prospect in that league despite his low offensive numbers.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa lost another close one, 4-3.
Tennessee – Tennessee bounced back into the win column with this 4-3 victory.
Daytona – The Daytona Cubs had the day off on Sunday. They now head home, and the weather forecasts for Daytona Beach suggest that this team may not play many more games this season.
Peoria – The Chiefs took a shut out into the ninth and wound up with a convincing 10-3 win.
Boise – The Boise offense sputtered a bit in this 5-1 loss.
Arizona – The AZL Cubs beat the division leading A’s 5-2.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Chris Rusin continues to pitch well. He took the loss in this game, but he allowed just four hits over seven innings while striking out seven. That will usually get the job done.
  • [Tennessee] Trey McNutt allowed a lone hit in his two innings of relief.
  • [Tennessee] Jae-Hoon Ha doubled and tripled as part of his three hit night. The outfielder has been hot lately; he is sporting a .955 OPS in his last ten games.
  • [Peoria] Jeffry Antigua lowered his Low-A ERA to 1.53 with his seven shutout innings. The promising young lefty allowed just three hits and struck out seven.
  • [Peoria] Pin-Chieh Chen doubled, walked, and stole his 33rd base of the year.
  • [Boise] Jeimer Candelario enjoyed his third consecutive multi-hit game on Sunday.
  • [Boise] Su-Min Jung pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief.
  • [Arizona] Juan Paniagua pitched 1.2 innings of hitless relief in which he struck out three.
  • [Arizona] Carlos Penalver doubled and walked as part of his two hit game on Sunday, and in doing so he raised his OPS over the last ten games to .754.

Other Minor League Notes

  • Looking for the next big, slugging, former collegiate corner infielder in the mold of Rebel Ridling, Justin Bour, Greg Rohan, or Paul Hoilman? Take a good look at Jacob Rogers who the Cubs drafted out of a junior college in Florida this summer. The 6’5″left handed hitter posted a .999 OPS in Arizona to start his professional career. He has struggled a bit since being promoted to Peoria, but with hits in three of his last four games, including a home run on Sunday, he is showing signs of coming around. For now I am listing him as a fringe type of player, but he should get ample opportunity to play his way into a better grading over the next couple of seasons.
  • Since I started this Daily by talking about the draft, let me answer the logical question before it gets asked. Yes, it is much too early for me to start speculating about who the Cubs might take in 2013. They will have a very high draft position and that means they should come out of the draft with a couple of very good players, but it is too soon to try to figure out who they might be. Odds are quite good that the actual selection will be someone none of us are considering right now anyway. After all, how many had heard of Albert Almora twelve months ago?
  • D17FUZZ

    Luke what are your thoughts on Shawn Dunston Jr.??? I’ve never been a huge fan of drafting/signing kids whose dads were good/great as they usually don’t pan out. I notices he’s been hot lately with a great August.

    • Edwin

      Ken Griffey Jr. Barry Bonds. Prince Fielder.

      • Flashfire

        Also Ripken, Alomar, and Hundley. Actually, forget that last one.

      • Cubbie Blues

        Bret Boone, Jason Kendall, Gary Mathews Jr., Jayson Werth.

        • Spriggs

          Moises Alou, Buddy Bell, Nick Swisher, Danny Tartabull, Steve Trout.

          • hcs

            Ozney Guillen…

    • Edwin

      I’m sure that there are plenty who don’t work out, but I would think the success rate of “kids of major league players” would be about equal or better than non-kids. Probably a combination of good genes, exposure to MLB culture at an early age, and coming from a wealthy family that can afford baseball camps and such things.

    • Spriggs

      I have become a fan of Dunston Jr, much like I was for Dunston Sr. First of all, he has some tools to work with. He’s fast, he’s a good baserunner, and is a very good outfielder. He has not stoled many bases this year, but I think that is part of his game and those numbers will come. Defensively, the AZL Cubs have had at least 3 outstanding defensive CFs this year, Almora, Martin, and Dunston. I would rank them in that order. The two ahead of him are pretty amazing fielders.

      The big question in my mind with Dunston, is whether he can hit for power. He does look like a guy who is going to strike out fairly frequently, but has actually done well this year in AZL. He’s shown a good eye and has been getting on base at a pretty good clip. His swing looks nice and I think you will see his power develop – he’s similar in size to his dad right now (listed at 6’2″, 170).

      One thing that won’t hold him back is his attitude. This kid plays hard and wants to succeed. He was disappointed when he got demoted this year from Boise. Then it must have eaten at him a little to see his teammates in AZL get promoted one by one up to Boise. But Dunston always kept his head up.

    • Luke

      I love drafting players with family connections in baseball. It seems like they come into the game with a much better understanding of what is expected of them and how to handle the rigors of playing professionally. That doesn’t mean they always pan out, but it seems to me that they get more out of their talent than a lot of other guys, on average.

      Dunston has a lot of potential. His game will always revolve around his speed, but I think he will develop at least 15+ HR power before he is done. He needs a lot of work still, but I see no reason to give up on him yet. He’s easily one of the ten best outfielders in the Cubs’ system.

  • Adam1680

    Cal Ripken Jr., Tim Raines Jr., Steve Trout, Gary Matthews Jr., Jayson Werth, Roberto and Sandy Alomar, Andy and Adam LaRoche, Jason Kendall, Jerry and Scott Hairston, Aaron and Brett Boone, Ike Davis, Bobby Crosby, CASEY COLEMAN, Robinson Cano, Moises Alou..

    A few decent players..

    • Drew7

      James Russell

  • Spriggs

    Is there any chance the Cubs move Baez to a minor league team that actually plays games every now and then?

  • fortyonenorth

    In retrospect, the decision to move Baez to Daytona was ill-timed. He would have been much better served to stay in Peoria. Which begs the question, isn’t South Florida a pretty bad place to have a summer league? In any event, it’s a disappointing way to end the season.

    • SoCal Cubs Fan

      I was thinking along similar lines, but not just for Baez. Seems like a loss for everyone in the Cubs organization at the High A level. What are the oher choices for high A and do you think the Cubs might make a change?

      • Luke

        I don’t think the Cubs are going to leave Daytona any time soon. It does rain a lot there, but upside is that it is always warm, and that warm weather can be help when it comes to players rehabbing injuries.

        This year has been especially bad in terms of rain postponements. I don’t remember Daytona suffering through multiple multiday soggy stretches like this very often.

    • Drew7

      Most players have a bit of an adjustment period when they get promoted, especially those who are particularly young for the level.

      Baez was a man among boys in Peoria. No need to worry over 64 PA’s

    • Flashfire

      This seems to be a particularly bad year but, yes, they should consider it. I think California has a High-A league, but that would be a pretty lousy flight for the talent evaluators.

    • stillmisskennyhubbs

      Daytona Beach is in Northeast Florida, not the south of the state. The Florida State League covers much of the state, and has had rainouts in all of its sites this past month.
      The late summer is storm and hurricane season all over the state. It’s not just Daytona getting rainouts. That said, there are plenty of reason for the FSL to be ideal for High-A baseball. And instruction and training, which are mainstays of High-A, can go on despite games being missed.

  • David

    What is Antigua’s status as a prospect? He’s kind of been all over the place, been as high as Tennesee, where he seems to have been at least decent as a reliever, but is now back in Low A as a 22 year old? Is the point of him being back in Peoria to stretch him back out at a starter and they just didn’t have the place for him in Tennesee or Daytona?

    Seems like he might be a good candidate for the AFL?

    • Spriggs

      They should be announcing the AFL rosters by the end of the month. The rules for AFL eligibilty say that each team gets 6 or 7 guys but only one can be from a level below AA (as of August 1). I wonder how that affects a guy like Antigua, who was in AA before August, but not as of August 1. There is also some exception about a foreign born player that I don’t quite understand.

      It has been nice to see Ha hitting so well recently. Pretty sure he’ll be an AFL guy.

      • Flashfire

        Thanks for the exact rules. With Baez, Soler, and Paniagua all under AA, that’s going to be a difficult call for the Cubs.

        • Spriggs

          Exactly. Those are the 3 guys I am wondering about. Again, not sure about the “foreign born” thing… but here are the rules:

          Eligibility Rules
          The roster size is 30 players per team.

          Each Major League organization is required to provide six players subject to the following requirements:

          All Triple-A and Double-A players are eligible, provided the players are on at least a Double-A level roster no later than Aug. 1.

          One player below the Double-A level is allowed per Major League team.

          One foreign player is allowed, as long as the player does not reside in a country that participates in winter ball, as part of the Caribbean Confederation or the Australian winter league.

          No players with more than one year of credited Major League service as of August 31 are eligible, except a team may select one player picked in the most recently concluded Major League Rule 5 Draft.

          To be eligible, players on Minor League disabled lists must be activated at least 45 days before the conclusion of their respective seasons.

          • Flashfire

            Okay, so let’s assume Jackson is a lock to work on his swing. Logan Watkins has probably earned a slot. Ditto Ha. That leaves 3 spaces. Are there any pitchers they would send at this point?

            • Luke

              A couple of relievers, possibly. McNutt, Searle, Rhoderick, and Zych immediately come to mind. Beeler, Rusin, Raley, and Joksich could be starting pitching candidates.

              Lake could be back for another go around. Cerda would be an interesting choice.

              • Spriggs

                OK, my guesses for the 6 Cubs (I think they can actually name 7 – one goes on the taxi squad and can only play on Wednesdays and Saturdays):

                Lake, Watkins, Szczur, Ha, McNutt, and Zych. I bet Jackson will go elsewhere for a winter league stint. McNutt and Lake would be repeats. Searle and Rhoderick are good guesses. I am hoping for one of Soler or Baez.

                So do you think the foreign player (Soler) doesnt count as a “below AA” guy? If he doesn’t, then Soler AND Baez are possible.

                • Brett

                  I think the majority will be made up of non-40-man guys who are exposed to the Rule 5 if they aren’t put on the 40-man by December.

                  • Flashfire

                    Does sending them to Arizona protect them even if they aren’t on the 40-man roster?

                    • Brett

                      No. It gives the Cubs more time/at bats/innings to evaluate them to decide whether to put them on or not.

                  • Spriggs

                    Ah, that makes a lot of sense.

                  • Spriggs

                    I guess a little more thought goes into it then just, “let’s send down a bunch of cool guys for Spriggs to watch”. ???

                    • Brett

                      Haha. Which is totally lame of them.

    • AB

      I read that Antigua lost alot of velocity and he’s only throwing in the 80s. Probably an organizational guy at this point.

      • Luke

        I’d like to see a source on that.

        He is quite well thought of in scouting circles, more than he is among Cub fans I think. I still see him as a middle reliever, but I’ve had some smart people tell me he’s a future No 3 starter.

        • AB

          from when he was at AA earlier in the year.

          He was eligible but wasn’t picked for the Rule V last year, and probably won’t be protected this year. There seems to be quite a few LHs that have passed him up on the depth chart. I frankly have no idea why he demoted, unless there’s guys that have priority over him and the Cubs are just using him to plug rotation spots in full-season ball.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Wow! Trevor Gretzky has raised his batting average to .301.