Results tagged ‘ Roy Halladay ’

6/4 First-year player Draft notes

Two of Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken’s No. 1 Draft picks are now on the Major League team in Andrew Cashner and Tyler Colvin. Wilken was the Blue Jays scouting director in 1995 when the team chose Colorado high schooler Roy Halladay. Keep the following story in mind as the Cubs head into next week’s First-Year Player Draft, which begins Monday:

Wilken watched Halladay play high school games in Arvada, Colo., and said: “You could see he was a good competitor. You could see he was a pretty strong young man.”

Halladay went to the Blue Jays’ complex in Dunedin, Fla., shortly after he signed. It was early July.

“There was a pitching coach there who said, ‘He looks awfully pale,’” Wilken said. “‘If I start running him foul line to foul line, he’s going to die in this Florida heat.’

“I put $20 down on the bench and said, ‘Who’s your best runner?’” Wilken said. “He said it was this Dominican kid. So they run, and after four pole-to-pole sprints, the Dominican kid broke down and goes on one knee and is gasping for air. Halladay is still running and just drills him into the ground, running-wise.

“I picked my $20 up and said, ‘Never judge a book by its cover,’” Wilken said. “‘And, by the way, [Halladay] finished third in Colorado in cross country in high school.’ The stamina and durability, you don’t always see that with a high school kid. He had a fast arm. You hear that he has good work ethic. You never know it until you sign him and get him into pro ball and then you really find out how dedicated he is to the sport.

“It also showed you how sometimes players get better through perseverence. He had a hiccup in Toronto and was sent back to ‘A’ ball. Roy never said a word about it. [Pitching coach] Mel Queen gave him a new arm slot and from that day on, you knew what Roy Halladay was all about.”

* The Cubs have the 16th pick in the first round of the Draft, which will be held over three days and begins Monday, with MLB.com offering live coverage and analysis of the entire Draft. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, beginning with the Draft preview show at 5 p.m. CT.

– Carrie Muskat

11/20 Cubs & Blue Jays talk

The Cubs are one of the teams the Toronto Blue Jays have contacted regarding pitcher Roy Halladay. However, before Cubs fans start salivating at the prospect of the former Cy Young winner in the rotation with Ted Lilly, Carlos Zambrano, and Ryan Dempster, there’s a catch. He’s owed $15.75 million in 2010, and the Blue Jays want some of the Cubs’ top prospects. No. 1, the team can’t take on Halladay’s salary. The Blue Jays apparently have a wish list and Milton Bradley is not on it. A player like highly regarded shortstop Starlin Castro most likely is, and the Cubs don’t want to part with him, especially since they might only have Halladay for one year. The right-hander was 17-10 with a 2.79 ERA this season, and is a free agent after 2010. One thing the Blue Jays did make clear to the Cubs is they want to move Halladay this offseason.

– Carrie Muskat

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