Draft, Day 2

Posted by Lionel on June 10, 2009.

I won't be going round-by-round, but giving highlights throughout the day...
  • The Cubs 4th round pick is lefthanded pitcher Christopher Rusin from the University of Kentucky. He's a senior who ranked as the #192 prospect according to BA. He had a 4.20 ERA, but struck out 108 in 94 innings pitched and had a WHIP of 1.30. He was a 23rd round pick of the A's last year.
  • The Cubs took Brooks Raley in the 6th round (the 200th overall pick). Raley is a leftie from Texas A&M. He is ranked as the #82 overall prospect by BA. In 2008, he was a second team freshman All American. This year, he went 7-2 with a 3.74 ERA. Raley struck out over a batter per inning and had a WHIP of 1.08. He also played OF, where he was known for his speed. BA says he's one of the best two-way college players in the draft. MLB.com has him as a safe pick, a guy who will probably make it to the majors, and could be as high as a #3 starter. He is the third left-handed pitcher the Cubs have drafted and all three had better than a K per inning. He is supposed to be a tough sign.
  • In the 8th round (no, I'm not just skipping the odd numbered rounds), the Cubs selected Robert Whitenack, their fourth pitcher but first righthander. He's listed at 6-5 and according to BA, has the best or second best curveball in the Northeast. BA also says it was a value pick for the Cubs.
  • With the 380th pick (12th round), the Cubs drafted Burundi Davis. Davis was an 11th round pick by the Pirates coming out of high school in 2007. He is also the ninth college player drafted out of the 12 picks the Cubs have made.
  • The 500th selection (in the 16th round) in the draft was the Cubs selection of Keenyn Walker. The high schooler was also a football recruit, ranked the 80th best safety in the nation by Rivals.com.
  • In the 17th round, the Cubs selected Brandon Dail. It has to be a nice day for Dail, who was in a hospital in serious condition after a car accident during the Cap Cod League almost one year ago today. He jumped on the hood of his teammate's truck and when his teammate hit the brakes, he fell off and was pinned underneath.
  • Local propsect Gerardo Esquivel was drafted by the Cubs in the 24th round. He attended De La Salle Institute and has a scholarship to play at Kansas State.

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