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Cubs Draft Dish: Part 2

Matt Swain

Illinois engineering student, way too emotionally invested in the Cubs.

By Dan Cupples

With the draft quickly approaching, I'm going to continue to compile possible names of late round picks. To be honest, it is incredibly difficult to gauge who a particular team is targeting, especially outside the first round, so these are mostly guesses. I will throw out some names who fit the Cubs draft profile and what I'm hearing for possibilities from around the web.
In the Baseball America's May 26th draft chat with Dave Perkin, he was asked who the Cubs were targeting and said the Cubs probably will go with a college pitcher. He did note that the Cubs really like high school OF Austin Wilson from California. He's got a chisled body and may have the most tools in the draft besides probable #1 pick Bryce Harper. Wilson is as good in the classroom as he is on the diamond, and with a strong Stanford commitment and a father who went to MIT, he'll be a tough sign. This is a player who could go anywhere from mid-1st round to much later based on how teams judge his signability. He profiles as RF with a plus arm and athleticism to match. He offers 5 tools that grade out as average to above average. I suspect someone will take a shot at him long before the Cubs 2nd round pick, but it's not completely out of the realm of possibility.

Another prospect who may be in the Cubs plans is RHP Austin Wood a JUCO prospect from Florida. Woods 6'4 215 body produces an easy 90-96 mph FB depending on his role. His CB is avaerage but his CU is currently better then his breaking pitch with potential to be above average. He probably profiles best as a reliever now but his potential for a 3 pitch arsenal leaves him the chance to start and he is sitting easily in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

A player I have been hearing linked to the Cubs is Georgia Tech SS Derek Dietrich. From all accounts he will not stick at SS and even with his strong arm he won't fit at 3B either because of bad foot work. On the plus side, he has a polished left handed bat with developing power. Baseball America rates him at 69th overall right now (top 2 rounds) with the potential to fall to the 3rd round because of position questions. 

I profiled Tyler Holt OF Florida State in my hitter preview and he should be available in either rounds 2 or 3. His production in college has been top notch, though he doesn't blow scouts away.

I'm not sure Kyle Waldrop (OF, Florida H.S.) fits the Cubs recent draft profile, but he could potentially be a very exciting pick. He's an outstanding athlete standing 6'3 190 who has a football backround that until this year has limited his baseball career. He has present power and a sweet repeatable left handed swing. His bat speed is plus reminding me of another Florida prepster, Gary Sheffield. The rest of his tools are about average and he should be ripe for the picking in the 3rd round. He's a South Florida recruit who has some serious helium that would make even a 2nd round choice prudent.
The Cubs will probably go with a college SP in the 1st round but we have a chance to take some high upside guys later such as Kyle Waldrop and this would improve an already rising system. I'm hoping we are closer to the $6 mil mark this year in money spent. Stay tuned for more updates.



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