“On and on we rode through the storm. The flame is out and the fire is out.” – Def Leppard, Fool
If the Cubs selected RHP Cade Horton With the No. 7 I was fit for a draw. I had no problem with the trio of Dan Kantrovitz, Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins going under the slot, but why not go for Jackson Ferris if that’s the game plan? I’ll never understand the machinations of putting a dollar sign on the muscle, but I’m pretty good at spotting talent and I have a feeling Ferris was the best bowler in this design back last fall.
Horton, a draft-eligible sophomore who missed the 2021 season due to surgery on Tommy John, made it into the top 10 on a phenomenal run that culminated with a record 13 strikeouts in the College World Series Finals. His game is all about power, including a high-spin fastball that can hit the upper 90s. That said, Helium guys rarely train. Horton pitched just over 50 innings for Oklahoma in the regular season and has nothing in his arsenal but a fastball and a slider.
The right-hander had a 7.94 ERA at the end of the regular season and saw more time on third base than on the mound, but he put together a dominating run during postseason play and posted a 2.61 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 31 innings I’m skeptical that Horton will be a starter if he ever makes it to the bigs, although most analysts see this pick as a minor coup for the Cubs.
Still, you can see why I thought Horton was a wasted draft pick, especially when Brooks Lee, Cam Collier, Gavin Gross, and Kevin Parada were still on the board. I wasn’t able to follow the draft as closely as I wanted because I was at a concert, but I checked my push notifications. As disappointed as I was with the Horton selection, I was curious to see what the Cubs would do in 47th place.
When the Cardinals picked LHP Cooper Hjerpe, I started getting slightly excited that Ferris might fall to the Cubs. However, I had no confidence that he would be picked if he was there because it seemed inconceivable that the front office would take pitchers with their top two picks. The Red Sox grabbed shortstop Mikey Romero two picks later. I was thrilled that the Padres took Robby Snelling in 39th place because I rated him a little lower. At this point, I thought Ferris would fall to the Cubs and then Kantrowitz made my night.
Ferris should not have been available when the Cubs made their second pick. The IMG Academy left-hander is the prize of Chicago’s draft and Horton will be the thrift store allowing the club to overpay him. Kantrovitz designed exactly this scenario on Sunday morning and, surprisingly, it worked perfectly.
Now Hoyer has to Make sure he signs Ferris. The prep star is committed to Ole Miss, and I’m guessing the president of baseball operations has to get close to a $4 million signing bonus to make him a Cub. Horton, whose new appearance is affectionately called “Gone in 60 seconds,” is promising and if he stays as a starter he will be electric. It has a very Kerry Wood vibe just from its potential. If all goes according to plan, a proposed rotation of Jordan Wicks, Caleb Kilian, DJ Herz, Horton and Ferris in 3-4 years at The Friendly Confines will be a must in baseball.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention what Chicago’s actions yesterday say about the organization as a whole. First and foremost, the front office was impressed with its collection of infielders and outfielders in Iowa, South Bend, Tennessee and Myrtle Beach. The achievements of each allowed the Cubs to win two pitchers on Sunday night.
Beyond that, and assuming Willson Contreras, Ian Happ, and David Robertson actually trade, I bet Hoyer will pivot slightly and his near-term acquisitions will be players almost major league ready. It would be foolish to say Brett Baty is going to the Cubs because we have no idea where Contreras will end up, but I’m sure the return will be a similar player. My friend who works for the Brewers took my party to the Poison-Def Leppard-Mötley Crüe concert last night and he said Baty is still a target for the Cubs and many other teams. Should the Cubs win the power-hitting third baseman, my perception of Hoyer will have gone a full six-ten.
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I hope I’m wrong about Horton. Maybe I just have an issue with players whose last names start with “H”. I was also negative when the Cubs selected Happ and Hoerner.
Climb up the ladder
“Was it something I said or did? Didn’t the words come out right?” – poison, Every rose has thorns
I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I heard last night that the Cubs gave Contreras the ball after his 8th inning because it’s expected to be traded before the league plays again later this week . Nico Hoerner had three shots yesterday and continues to be the team’s top batsman. Chicago was 1-to-9 with RISP on Sunday and 7-to-36 in the four-game set.
- Games played: 92
- Total releases: 3,509
- Total deletions: 822
- Strikeout Rate: 23.43%
- Batting average of the team: .244
- Scored runs: 386
- Allowed runs: 472
How about this!
The Mariners will cruise into the break Riding a 14-game winning streak.
The oriole selected shortstop Jackson Holiday with the first overall victory.
The Game Wardens “Broken the Draft” when they picked Kumar Rocker for 3rd place overall.
rocker signed with Texas this morning.
necklace fell to 18th place where he was selected by the Reds.
Lots of analysts felt that the rays were drawn in badly On Sunday.
Pete Alonso will be watching wins his third title in a row in today’s home run derby. I’m still dating Kyle Schwarber.
A bad back is stopping Mike Trout game on Tuesdayand Freddie Freeman was selected as an injury substitute, leaving the Dodgers with six players on the NL roster.
The three stars from Sunday
- Dylan stops – The ex-boy is a frequent visitor to this department and rightly so. He ended the Twins yesterday with one hit over seven innings and eight strikeouts.
- Aaron Nola – The Phillies ace had a tough season but was great yesterday as he improved to 6-7. Nola hit 10 Miami hitters over 7.1 innings as Philadelphia beat the Marlins 4-0.
- Juan Soto – He was 1-for-4 with a solo home run and is only here because of rumors that the Nationals and Cubs could match in a soto trade. This is ridiculous click-bait and I’m embarrassed to say it. Hoerner deserves this slot.
Welcome to the Cubs, young man.
Six pack on Monday morning
- The Bears have a dozen wide receivers in storage fighting for 6 or 7 roster spots, but the top 3’s of Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle and Velus Jones Jr. could give opposing defensive coordinators fits.
- Season 6 of Better Call Saul is over run the best of the series. Jimmy/Saul and Kim Wexler are the best sociopathic couple since Bonnie & Clyde.
- The US dollar gives off energy to the main character. The world’s major currency, which accounted for $6 trillion in daily economic activity before the pandemic, is the strongest for 20 years. Just last week, the USD reached 1:1 parity against the euro for the first time since 2002.
- Gen Z was unjustly jailed for two years, and now they are on a mission to find a revenge trip.
- US retail gas prices have fallen for 32 consecutive days since Saturdaysaid Gas Buddy, and are now averaging $4.532/gallon from their peak of $5.014 per AAA last month.
- Mike Jagger invited a Ukrainian choir onto the stage on Friday evening Singing Backup on You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
You said so
- “I’ve had a few conversations with my agent and the Cubs were definitely on the radar. I just didn’t know where. My reaction, it’s simple, it’s crazy. It doesn’t feel real. I’m just so blessed to be in this position.” – Horton
- “This morning when we sat down with Jed [Hoyer] and Carter [Hawkins] and sort of outlining what we think would be an ideal roadmap for developing the draft, the first round, Cade was our primary target. Then in the 2nd round it’s difficult to have visibility so you don’t really put too much emphasis on that but Jackson was the No. 1 target there too because he thought we might have some money to do it spread around. In the end it came to fruition.” – Kantrowitz
- “I think when you get two arms like that — a tall high school left foot who probably already has 3-4 working pitches at the moment, and someone with an electric heater and a wipeout slider like Cade, those are attributes that we have pitching development infrastructure can’t wait to get our hands on it.” – Kantrowitz
Monday Walk Up Song
I was surprised how much I enjoyed last night’s show.