Cubs drafted Tim Lincecum

GOI has talked about how bad Jim Hendryand the Cubs are at drafting. Well I stumbled across something stunning to me. Other people might have already knew, but I just learned that the Cubs drafted 25 year old, two time CY Young Tim Lincecum who is currently with the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs drafted Lincecum in the forty-eighth round (1,408th overall) of the 2003 MLB Draft. He was not a high pick, and most late picks do not sign if they are still College eligible. Lincecum was drafted by the Cubs after highschool, so he did not sign and went to College. Then he tested the waters again in 2005
and was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the forty-second round (1,261st overall) and did not sign so he went back to school. Then in 2006 he was a high pick and drafted tenth overall by the San Francisco Giants.

Lincecum at only 25 years old is 40–17, with a 2.90 era, 676 strkeouts, led the NL in strikeouts in 2008 and 2009,and has earned two CY Youngs (2008 and 2009)in only three seasons in the majors! He is one of the best pitchers in the game at 25 years old and should be for the nest few years with the chance to be one of the best of all time.

The proof the Cubs drafted him. It shows they were on top of their game to realize the talent he had then when not many people did to draft him in such a late round. They didn't realize how good he was because they didn't make a great push to sign him.

The Overall draft for the Cubs in 2003:

Maybe next time they have a gem they will sign him!


The 'Bright' One said...

also got matt laporta in that draft

David "MVP" Eckstein said...

Of course we didnt sign him. He was too good for us

Cubsfan4evr said...

I did not know that. I just checked and you are right. So they draft some good players (even though verdict is still out on him) they just don't sign them. I didn't realize Laporta was drafted as a catcher. The Indians should give Laporta a chance this year, they don’t have anything to lose.

Cubsfan4evr said...

I think there are other good players we drafted and didn't sign. I thought Khalil Greene was one of those players, but the past few seasons he hasn't been good. The Cubs drafted him in 2001.