ESPN was doing their, "Where Are They Now", segment. We probably all remember Danny Almonte from the Little League World Series a few years ago. What I didn't know was that the last player to face Almonte was a four foot nothing eleven year old Matthew Cerda. He was barely old enough to play, having just turned old enough. Cerda struck out three times against Almonte. Making contact just once, fouling a pitch off.
Cerda put some muscle on his small frame and developed into a pretty good shortstop. Good enough to be picked in the fourth round by the Cubs this June. Almonte wasn't drafted last year. He is pitching for a JUCO in Oklahoma and will return for another year in hopes of being picked next year.
The Cubs have moved Cerda to catcher in rookie ball. A position he hadn't played since Little League. Not sure if he has enough pop in his bat. He seemed like a Fontenot clone. Best wishes to him. He'll have to really fight his way through the system with the challenge of moving positions, but the Cubs do seem weak at this position besides Welington Castillo.