Joel Machado | Rank: 28 Hometown: Barlovento, Venezuela
Position: LHP Age: 16 DOB: 02/09/2002
Bats: L Throws: L Height: 6'0" Weight: 165 lb.Watch
Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curve: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55
Machado is an athletic, projectable left-handed pitcher with good arm action and lots of room to grow.
He made himself into a more appealing prospect after growing a couple of inches in height and adding close to 20 pounds while also increasing the velocity of his fastball from the 85-87 mph range to 89-90 in the last year. The teenager's repertoire also features a changeup at 80-81 mph and a curveball that usually hovers in the 70-mph range. Both pitches are projected to be average or above average with the change ahead of the breaking ball right now.
Machado has a confident presence on the mound and has proven to be an aggressive strike-thrower. He's already able to spot his fastball to both sides of the plate, and like most pitchers his age, he'll improve on that part of his game once he enters a team's academy and can work with a coaching instructor on a daily basis.
Machado is from Barlovento, Venezuela, and is trained by Roberto Vahlis. The Cubs are the favorite to sign him.
Jose Lopez | Rank: 17 Hometown: Santiago, Dominican Republic
Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 01/04/2002
Bats: L Throws: R Height: 5'10" Weight: 167 lb.Watch
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50
Standing at 5-foot-10 and weighing close to 170 pounds, Lopez is a former youth league star and participant in Major League Baseball's RBI program in the Dominican Republic.
At the plate, the left-handed hitter has a small hitch but otherwise boasts a free and easy swing. The ball flies off of Lopez's bat and he has shown the potential for more power in the future. He's not as physical as some of the other top prospects, but he makes hard contact to all fields. The belief is that Lopez will be able to generate more power once he signs with a big league team and works on his mechanics in a club's academy on a daily basis. Lopez has a chance to stay in center field and hit in the middle of the lineup one day.
Lopez is already a plus runner -- he's been clocked at 6.4 seconds in the 60-yard run -- and evaluators believe the tool will help carry him through the Minor League system.
Lopez is from Santiago, Dominican Republic, and is trained by Fausto Garcia. The Cubs are the favorite to sign him.
The two pitchers would be #1 and #5 based on these rankings. There's a few other guys who've yet to indicate anything like Osiel Rodriguez(#3 pitcher) but I'm not sure given the cubs already apparently have 3 guys basically locked in that they will have much more room for other guys barring something strange. New rules make it harder to go nuts.Richard Gallardo | Rank: 5 Hometown: Maracay, Venezuela
Position: P Age: 16 DOB: 09/06/2001
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'1" Weight: 187 lb.Watch
Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curve: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 60
The best pitching prospect out of Venezuela and the top hurler overall in this year's class, Gallardo is smart and fearless on the mound. Evaluators believe he can be a top-of-the-rotation type of pitcher if he stays healthy and continues to develop his tools at a normal pace. He projects to have average or above-average tools across the board and he's already considered advanced for his age.
The teenager's best pitch is his fastball, but he also projects to feature a good curveball and an above-average changeup. He already shows good command and feel for his pitches and the mix results in a lot of swing-and-misses. Gallardo is still growing, and the hope is that he will increase the velocity and overall command of his fastball with age.
Back in February, Gallardo mixed all of his pitches to strike out five of the six batters he faced at the MLB International Prospect Showcase in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He did walk a batter, but more importantly, he showed a plus fastball and emerging secondary pitches.
Gallardo is from Maracay, Venezuela, and trains with Andres Veliz. The Cubs are the favorite to sign him.
Cubs Den:Really diggin what I'm seeing out of Lange. He totally skipped A which is a good sign but had another great outing today going 7 giving up a run 3 hits and 5 k's but again with 0 walks. That gives him 22 k's and 4 walks over 28 IP with 9 ER. K rate is a tad lower than you'd like to see from him(7.07 k/9) but his walk rate is fantastic(1.29 bb/9). Given he needed to work on a third pitch coming out of the draft and given the cubs often will essentially take away a guys best pitch to force them to develop, it's possible they are having him use his curve less which is potentially why his k rate is down. Could also be the fact he took a pretty big jump from A- to A+ in competition. But if he stays under a 2.5 bb/9 and his K rate starts to tick up into the 8-9 range we have a winner here IMO.
Little also had a sorta ok night given where he's been since turning pro. He threw 4.2 of 3 hit ball with 2 walks and 5 k's. He gave up 3 unearned runs. You want to see more out of a 1st round pick but it's a step in the right direction.
Hitting in the system is kind of shit to be blunt. Like what I've seen out of Miguel Amaya though. He's came into today hitting .268/.359/.518 and has gone 2-3 so far. For a glove first catcher I'm taking that all day every day. Also like what I'm seeing out of Ademan(.258/.324/.364 not bad given age gap) and Eddy Martinez(.262/.357/.393 plus 2-3 today). Only other hitters in the system who've caught my eye are Trent Giambrone(.308/.390/.442) and Zagunis(.333/.438/.417). There's a couple of other guys with .450+ BABIP who have decent lines but not sure how sustainable those are. Giambrone is kind of interesting. His BABIP is high(.400) but he hit .292/.404/.433 with similar ISO and bb/k rates in A- over 203 PAs in 2016. He only hit .242/.297/.348 last year in A+ but like Lange he entirely skipped A and his BABIP was a bit low at .279. His bb/k rate was lower on his walk rate but his K rate has mostly remained around 19-20%. Difference between this year and last is his ISO is back up to the .140 range and some of his walks have returned(11.7 % vs 6.8 % from 2016. It's doubtful he'll ever be a full on top tier prospect because he's already 24 but he very well could be your next Bote type. Looks to be a fairly valuable utility guy who can play all 4 infield positions.
Of the other top 30 type bats, Velazquez hasn't played and likely starts in A- after the draft. Zack Short, Galindo, Vosler, and DJ Wilson have for the most part looked fine but have all had k issues. Wilson also is missing some power. Bote has been fine and obviously made it to the majors.
Vitters was a risk. Jackson was a late round. Colvin bad pick. 2002 was a horrible draft. Cory Patterson should have been great. He fell short at the major league level.I see it more as a show that the organization has turned around their inability to develop everyday position players
In fairness to Jim, he did have the #1 farm at one point.Vitters was a risk. Jackson was a late round. Colvin bad pick. 2002 was a horrible draft. Cory Patterson should have been great. He fell short at the major league level.
Ryan Harvey was a major bust. Never made it past AA.
So I feel you there. Jim Hendry was a better at the major league level vs able to run a farm system. That is why they overhauled the whole organization. It was inept.
It really was not that good. Only his aquisations of Rich Hill and Shark amounted to something. Of the whole nothing was remarkable.In fairness to Jim, he did have the #1 farm at one point.
Honestly don't think you have a firm grasp of how teams actually approach drafts and the reason Hendry failed. You don't fail in the mlb draft because you "take bad players." Everyone takes bad players. You fail because of HOW you draft. Hendry had an over reliance on HS picks high in the draft. If you're going with that approach you have to understand what you're doing. By their very nature those players are boom or bust. That's how you can get the best pitcher of this generation(kershaw) with the 7th pick and the best hitter of this generation(Trout) with the 25th pick.It really was not that good. Only his aquisations of Rich Hill and Shark amounted to something. Of the whole nothing was remarkable.
2003: They picked Harvey #3. Nick Markakis went the next pick as a LHP and converted to RF...
2002: Matt Cain went 4 picks after Brownlie.
2005 Theo pick Elsbury 2 picks after the Cubs pick Pawelek.
2007 Cubs have #3 pick. Matt Wieters goes 2 picks after. Bumgarner #10. Heyward 14, Porcello #27
2010: Hayden Simpson #16. This had to be the crappiest draft ever... Mike Foltynewicz 2 picks after. then Christian Yelich Aaron Sanchez Taijuan Walker sad really.
2011 is when he finally did something right Javier Baez. But he passed on Cory Spangenberg, George Springer Sonny Gray. So there is still some stuff to be said here.
Theo isn't perfect either.
2012: Picked Almora but could have go with Giolito who was seen as the early #1. Fell to 16. Wacha went 19. Cory Seager #18. So drafting Almora was pretty questionable.
2014 could have drafted Nola vs Schwarber. I love Kyle but Nola is TOR while Schwarber is showing platoon splits.
You should have known better.Didnt think this simple post of recent prospects was going to turn into a 20 year history..lol
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Ya know talking down on Yu who strikes out a ton in the Majors with little to show and talking up Maples who strikes out a ton with little to show in the Minors is a bit confusing to me.Dillon Maples has struck out a batter in each of his eight appearances, he’s struck out at least two in his last seven outings, and has rung up at least three in this last three. That includes a game in which he struck out four — without allowing a walk or hit — in a single inning. All told, he’s racked up 19 strikeouts in 8.1 innings, which comes to — math is hard, folks, bear with me — a whopping 20.53 K/9.
Hope to see him up this year..
Be a nice live arm to add with Edwards Chisek and Morrow to close out games
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