OV Daily Facepalm 5.21.13

Matt Garza returns tonight Garza is back and ready to go tonight, bumping Villanueva to the bullpen. The Cubs say Villanueva will be used in long relief, but given how their late inning options have sucked lately I'd rather see him in the late inning mix with Fujikawa and Transformed Kevin Gregg. Suddenly the Cubs […]

2012 MLB Draft, Day Two (Cubs Take Duane Underwood)

The second day of the draft kicks off at 11 am ct and is available on I'll update this thread with scouting reports and other links as the Cubs pick. 61. Houston Astros: Nolan Fontana 62. Oakland A's: Bruce Maxwell 63. Minnesota Twins: Mason Melotakis 64. Seattle Mariners: Joe DeCarlo 65. Baltimore Orioles: Branden […]

2012 MLB Draft: Best Available Prospects

The first day of the draft is over, which means we've only seen 60 selections so far and have 39 rounds to go. I thought I'd post a roundup of the stuff we posted yesterday and then talk abou a few of the best available players that should be taken sometime today. The second day […]

Cubs First Round Pick: Albert Almora

In the first rund with the 6th overall pick the Cubs selected Albert Almora. No surprise here. Almora is a latter-day A.J. Hinch in that he has become a go-to player for USA Baseball national teams from a young age. Almora was USA Baseball's 2011 athlete of the year after being MVP of the 18-and-under […]

2012 MLB Draft, Day One

The MLB Draft gets underway at 6 pm CT. MLB Network will have the first 60 picks tonight and a pre-game show starting at 5 pm. I'll be updating this thread regularly, but first a few links. Baseball America Top 500 Prospects (subscriber) Top 100 Prospects Baseball America Draft Blog Draft Tracker Watch […]

Jim Callis' Final 2012 Mock Draft ***UPDATED***

Callis has published his final mock draft and he has the Cubs still taking Albert Almora. 6. CUBS. Some teams think Chicago would take Florida high school outfielder Albert Almora if it had the No. 1 overall pick. While that might be a bit of a stretch, the Cubs aren't going to pass him up […]

2012 MLB Draft Notes

It wasn't that long ago when you couldn't find much coverage of the MLB Draft. I remember a few years ago how easy it was to navigate through Google to find exactly the information you're trying to find. It's not like that anymore. Everybody covers the draft. Searching Google for specific info results in far […]

BA's Jim Callis, BP's Kevin Goldstein on the Cubs and the draft

Orange Guy had Jim Callis from Baseball America and Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus on the Cubs pre-pregame show today. The highlights Callis: Gaussman is the best player that actually has a chance of dropping to the Cubs, though the chance of him doing so is small (but nontrivial!) Cubs will probably draft Almora Callis […]