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The 2010 Cubs Draft: The Beginning Of An Obsession, Part 2

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I've talked a lot about the 2010 Cubs draft, and now I'm dedicating two articles to it. In Part 2, a look at the lower rounds and a wrapup of what I think it means.

Lefty Eric Jokisch is a product of the 2010 draft, from the 11th round
Lefty Eric Jokisch is a product of the 2010 draft, from the 11th round
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In Part 1 of this two-article series, I had a look at how the Cubs approached the 2010 draft, from which we've already seen quite a number of good major-league players (for other teams), and looked at the first five rounds. Here's what they got in the rest of that draft.

Three of the Cubs selected later than the fifth round in 2010 have reached Wrigley Field so far. Dallas Beeler (41st round) and Eric Jokisch (11th round) debuted for the Cubs in 2014. Chad Noble (37th round) played four years in the system and is now the team's major-league bullpen catcher. For some, it might be acceptable to say that three guys made it to the majors from the 2010 draft. However, if the structure had been in place that is there now, many of the picks on that page would have gotten much farther up the ladder. I have memories of a few of the players. The memories should be more vivid and lasting, as those are the teams I monitor.

I've run a feature on Dustin Geiger, who had hit the longest home run by a Cubs prospect that I'd seen until Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam in Beloit with me in the front row. Elliot Soto is a really good defensive shortstop. Matt Loosen has pitched the last few seasons in the Cubs high minors. However, there is too little quality here.

You can stand wherever you want on whatever you want regarding how the parent club is being run. My gig here is to try to keep you abreast of the minor league system of the Cubs. If you want assessments of the National League East race in 2015, you can probably find much better-informed opinions online on page one of a Google-search. However, I plan to keep trying to educate people I will likely never meet on the Cubs minor league system, and what I can figure is going on in it.

From my perspective, what was going on then had to change, and the sooner the better. The scouts weren't idiots. There were too few of them. Coaching was still very old-school. Technology was outdated. The Cubs, as has been proven recently, have some cache in the minor league rat race. The Cubs left Daytona to drier pastures in Myrtle Beach and ended up in the top-ranked field in the Carolina League. After holding out for "more" from Kane County, they arranged to have the rug surface in South Bend moved to an indoor complex for the players who arrive in April. Roger Bossard, the White Sox groundskeeper known as "The Sodfather," will oversee the new grass installation (as he did when Wrigley Field was resodded in 2007-08) and upkeep. Boise's stadium, which the locals have tried to replace, was switched out for a venue less than five years old on a college campus in Eugene, Oregon.

The Cubs shouldn't have to settle for second- or fifteenth-best on their way up through the minors. The Dominican Republic academy, the Mesa homebase, and the minor league affiliates now provide the best facilities available. This is what should have been happening the last (insert number you're comfortable with here) years.

Have whatever opinion of the owners or front office you want. My concern on your opinion there is largely less than zero. They demand the best for their players. They provide the best coaches for their players. And, yeah, they demand the best from their players. Regardless what any journalist writes, this should have been de rigeur for the last number of decades.

It wasn't. It is now. I, for one, am looking forward to April when I will get to choose on some nights from four games to watch. I want to help educate myself on these players as best as I can. That way, with the assistance of Josh's nightly wrap-ups, I can try to educate even people who don't care about the minor league pipeline on the minor league pipeline. And I'm very happy to have a good line of talent to update you on. Thankfully, 2010's draft class isn't likely to be duplicated soon. The last few classes have been much better, and I expect that will continue.

Is it April yet?