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.