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The 2012 Rule 5 Draft is set to kick off in about 15 minutes (together, perhaps, with Jason Grilli’s free agent decision), and the Chicago Cubs pick second.

I’ll post the relevant picks here as they happen (the Cubs’ pick, any traded picks, and any Cubs players selected), but here’s yesterday’s primer if you’re late to the party.

The tentative expectation is that the Cubs will select a pitcher, but they could just as easily try and grab a bat or trade the pick.

Here’s the link to follow along live on MLB.com. (Holy crap the audio is terrible.)

  • Carrie Muskat says the Cubs are inclined to pick, and then keep their pick, this year.
  • The Houston Astros select Josh Fields, the best MLB-ready reliever in the Draft. Naturally.
  • And the Cubs select RHP Hector Rondon from the Cleveland Indians’ AAA team.
  • Will have more on Rondon in a separate post when this has all shaken out, but he’s a formerly very good prospect who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, and is apparently throwing very well in Venezuela.
  • Ahh, crap. The Diamondbacks are going to try and do the stash thing with a great young Cubs are, Starling Peralta. He hasn’t pitched above A-ball.
  • The Cubs passed in the second round, as expected, so they are done picking today.
  • Well, crap on a cracker: the Cubs just lost Michael Burgess to the Astros in the AAA phase of the Rule 5, which is usually a total non-event. He’s not a top prospect by any stretch, but he’s also not a non-prospect (recall, he was the main piece the Cubs got for Tom Gorzelanny, once upon a time). Again, not a huge deal, but never fun to lose a guy for nothing.
  • The Cubs passed in the AAA phase.
  • Ouch – the Cubs just lost Matt Cerda, a nice, versatile minor leaguer with the best plate discipline in the system. Probably wasn’t a future big league regular or even bench guy, but it was a possibility. Damn you, St. Louis.
  • Cubs gettin’ poached like crazy in the minor league phases, now losing Alvido Jimenez. I’ll confess, he’s one I’d never heard of until today. A 20-year-old righty in rookie ball. He pitched well there last year, but it was his third straight year at that level.
  • In case you were wondering, it’s rare to get minor leaguer’s back from the minor league phases, so you can expect that Burgess, Cerda, and Jimenez are all gone for good.
  • college_of_coaches

    Is anyone else concerned that the Cardinal’s voodoo magic will transform Matt Cerda into an All-Star caliber MLB player who will plague the Cubs for years to come?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Very.

    • Spriggs

      Nah, it doesn’t really matter. Whatever unexpected, no name guy they throw out there – he will exceed everyone’s expectations. So, good for Cerda, I guess.

      • college_of_coaches

        Yeah, I guess you’re right. It’s inevitable, so it might as well be someone we like. BTW Spriggs, are you familiar with Alvido Jimenez, the guy the Cubs lost to the Blue Jays in the second round of the AAA portion of the draft? It looks like he pitched sparingly in Arizona last year.

        • Spriggs

          Yes, he’s been here each of the last 3 years, I think. He’s a real skinny kid who always did pretty well. For whatever reason though, I must admit I didn’t ever really take him seriously enough, but maybe I should have. I really can’t say much more than that.

          • college_of_coaches

            Thanks!

    • cas-castro

      Watch, he’ll be another Matt Carpenter or that Kozma kid and they will be average players but will be cub killers. Voodoo magic indeed.

  • #1lahairfan

    Who took Jeremy Hazelbaker?

    • ToRqUeMoNsTeR

      No one Hazelbaker. Here is the results:

      HOU: Josh Fields, RHP (BOS)
      CHC: Hector Rondon, RHP (CLE)
      COL: Daniel Rosenbaum, LHP (WAS)
      MIN: Ryan Pressly, RHP (BOS)
      CLE: Chris McGuiness, 1B (TEX)
      MIA: Alfredo Silverio, OF (LAD)
      BOS: Jeff Kobernus, 2B (WAS)
      NYM: Kyle Lobstein, LHP (TB)
      ARI: Starling Peralta, RHP (CHC)
      PHI: Ender Inciarte, OF (ARI)
      CWS: Angel Sanchez, INF (LAA)
      BAL: T.J. McFarland, LHP (CLE)
      TEX: Coty Woods, RHP (COL)
      HOU: Nate Freiman, 1B (SD)
      MIA: Braulio Lara, LHP (TB)

      Triple-A Phase

      HOU: Michael Burgess, OF (CHC)
      MIN: Mark Sobolewski, 3B (TOR)
      MIA: Tyler Kehrer, LHP (LAA)
      BOS: Jack McGeary, LHP (WAS)
      TOR: Sawyer Carroll, OF (SD)
      SEA: Eric Farris, 2B (MIL)
      SD: Diego Goris, 3B (KC)
      PIT: Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (KC)
      PHI: Brendan Lafferty, LHP (KC)
      LAD: Elevys Gonzalez, INF (PIT)
      STL: Matt Cerda, 3B (CHC)
      DET: Eliezer Mesa, OF (OAK)
      LAA: Robert Widlansky, 1B (BAL)
      BAL: Tom Boleska, RHP (PIT)
      TEX: Marquez Smith, 3B (CIN)
      OAK: Thomas Mendonca, 3B (TEX)
      SF: Scott Shuman, RHP (TB)
      CIN: Ryan Dennick, LHP (KC)
      HOU: Cameron Lamb, RHP (SF)
      BOS: Jon Bachanov, RHP (CWS)
      TOR: Alvido Jimenez, RHP (CHC)
      SD: Federico Castaneda, RHP (KC)
      LAD: Hector Nelo, RHP (WAS)
      STL: Jay Voss, LHP (DET)
      OAK: Steven Hill, C (STL)
      CIN: Michael Gilmartin, 2B (OAK)
      TOR: Efrain Nieves, LHP (DET)

      Double-A Phase

      None

  • Jordan Miller

    I am surprised no one took Nick Struck!

  • Troy

    Why didn’t the cubs participate in the AAA phase??? Didn’t think there was anyone good enough??? Since they are all about prospects I figured they would be in on this kind of thing

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