|Paul Maholm only lasted four innings against the Brewers in Milwaukee (photo from cubs.com)|
In other Cubs news, the Cubs placed right-handed relief pitcher Blake Parker on the 60-day DL with a right elbow stress reaction. In a corresponding move, the Cubs selected the contract of right handed relief pitcher Manuel Corpas from Triple-A Iowa.
The 2012 First-Year Player Draft wrapped up today and the Cubs selected some more talent today, including:
Left-handed pitcher Nathan Dorris, SIU Carbondale
Catcher Blake Hickman, Simeon Career Academy in Chicago.
Third baseman Rustin Sveum, son of Cubs manager Dale Sveum, in the 39th round, Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer feels confident about this year's draft and said, “It went according to plan as far as that we talked about adding pitching depth to the system. We really pounded away on pitching after we picked (Albert) Almora with the first pick. I thought we would take a hitter at the top and then a lot of pitching and that is exactly what we did. Everyone feels they had a good draft, and in five years, we will find out if we are right.”
Even though Albert Almora said on Tuesday that his first priority was to go to college, most believe he was saying that to try to get more money out of the Cubs. Being the sixth draft pick, the most the Cubs can offer Almora is $3.25 million.
“We got to know Albert really well,” Hoyer said. “We spent a lot of time with him, and we felt really comfortable with the background information we had on him.”
Now that the draft is over, Hoyer and Cubs President Theo Epstein can focus on the current roster and what they can do to improve it. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster said he would "listen" to the Cubs if they approached him about waiving his 5-and-10 rights, he hasn't spoken with anyone about leaving.
Hoyer expects the Cubs to be very active before the July 31st trade deadline. “I think we will,” he said. “We’ve already started talking to teams. Teams work on duel tracks this time of year. But even the last couple days, those calls will pick up. It’s such a jumbled race right now. If you look at it, it’s hard to even talk about a wild card right now because in both leagues three’s a mass of teams hovering. That’ll shake out a little bit over the next 6-8 weeks, and as it does, teams will be more active. We’ll be on the phones….That’s what the focus is going to be now.”
Tomorrow the Cubs and Brewers will play the final game of the three-game series at 1:10pm CT. Matt Garza will make the start for the Cubs and try for his third win of the season. Let's hope we can at least win the series!