C Shawn McGill and OF Chris Weimer. It's been awhile since I posted signings, as we haven't had much come across the wire that didn't have to do with trades (And thus were discussed elsewhere). I've liked some if the signings we've done this offseason, particularly the three lefties (Matt Smith, Bill White, and Jason Waddell), along with arms like Vince Perkins and Angel Castro, amongst others. These are minor league signings, after all, so my expectations aren't huge. Anyhow, don't know much about either. BA ranked McGill as the 4th best indy league prospect awhile back in this article. Sounds mildly intriguing, although the lack of power, doesn't suggest much of a future for the kid in terms of being able to move up. But hey, we're talking a kid in Indy Leagues last year. We have some decent catching depth in the system, with Castillo in the upper levels, Clevenger either in High A or AA, Carlos Perez and Matt Cerda in the lower levels. Add in a good defensive guy like Luis Flores, Michael Brenly, and Blake Lalli, whose glove behind the plate actually isn't that bad (although it is below average). If I had to take a guess, I'd guess McGill could be in High A Daytona, assuming we hang onto him that is. Baseball America's Aaron Fitt had this to say about McGill back in 2006 draft Big Guy, Little Hits 1:02 p.m.: Boston College catcher Shawn McGill, a 23rd-round pick by the Phillies, has a presence when he walks on the field, thanks to a 6-foot-4, 215-pound build. But despite his size, McGill hit just three home runs in 210 at-bats this spring, and one scout called him "the biggest contact bat in the country." McGill does draw his share of walks and is one of BC's fastest players, and his catch-and-throw skills are very solid. -- Aaron Fitt ________________________________ Had some trouble digging up Chris Weimer information. Chris Weimer is an OF from Nebraska-Omaha. Most of the information below is courtesy http://www.omavs.com/index.aspx?path=baseball (the school's site). If I find any other information from elsewhere, a link will be done. His collegiate size was 6'3" 215. Weimer's final year in college saw him post a gaudy .405/.468/.837 line with 23 Homers and 17 doubles. He went 13/15 with SB's. The K/BB was interesting - 21/18. He was named a Rawlings/ABCA First Team All-American and a NCBW 2nd team All-American. With all those accolades, why didn't he get drafted? Well, the reason was that he got in a car accident. and spent the rest of the summer recuperating. I'm trying to find information on how he did in wooden bat leagues, if he played in them. He was at a community college before UNO. If somehow knows or finds the information, I'd be curious. He feels like a toolsy, Wilken type move. I'd guess that he's at XST to start, and Arizona, with a shot at Boise if all goes well. _____________________________________ As with all minor league signings, they could be much ado about nothing and simply filler. But it is Cubs news so I thought it was worth mentioning. Weimer intrigues me much more, as he was a college bat that showed some discipline and had some tools (and adjusted to his coaches to help increase his power) but we have to wait and see on the wooden bat translation.