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Cubs Draft Dish

Matt Swain

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

By Dan Cupples

As June draws closer, the draft picture is still as cloudy as ever, with part of the issue being that this year's draft is pretty unimpressive.

As the Cubs sit now, Brett Eibner-- a RHP/OF from Arkansas-- is the player who makes the most sense. He fits the Cubs draft profile of athletic pitchers (Cashner, Jackson, Raley, etc.), while also offering a power bat who may be able to stick in CF. In terms of pure talent, he's more of a late 1st-rounder, but he does offer serious upside once he focuses solely on pitching, and the Cubs have shown in the past their not averse to reaching for a guy they love.
Another interesting name that may be falling slightly (through no fault of his own) is Cal State Fullerton SS Christian Colon. He probably will not stick at SS due to range concerns, a below average arm and questionable speed. He does offer a polished bat with a slight upper-cut in his swing producing good power. He's a skilled hitter who can bunt, hit behind runners, and hit and run. He profiles best as an offensive minded 2B who could move fast and would look great next to Castro. In my estimation I doubt he would be available and with the Cubs glut of middle infielders it's just a slight possibility, but he's at least a name to be aware of who I didn't profile previously.
As Andy Seiler pointed out in our recent interview, the chances that A.J. Cole is available at 16 are looking better and better. The problem is, even with his immense upside he does not fit the mold of a typical Cubs draft pick. They may still be smarting from the sour taste left in their mouths by Mark Pawelek, their 2005 1st round high school pitcher who didn't pan out.
As for 2nd rounders that the Cubs may be targeting, Matthew Price of Va. Tech may be on the Cubs radar. This draft eligible sophomore has a thin 6'3 170 frame that may have room to add more weight. His fastball sits 92-93 and touches 94-95 on occasion. His curveball is average now but shows promise that a scouting department can dream on. The changeup is average now but has the potential to be above average. His command is coming along nicely but his arm is stiff.
Marcus Knecht is another player who may fit the bill for the Cubs. This 6'1 198 OF who hails from Toronto, Canada offers a solid package of tools. His swing is unorthodox but he should have some power with his good bat speed. He's lean and athletic with decent speed and a good arm.
As draft day approaches, I will continue to profile more post-1st round possiblities as well as keeping you apprised as to how the 1st round is shaking out.



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