Cubs Draft Wrap: 10 Most Intriguing Picks

While it often seems like there's no plan on the field this season, the Cubs front office came in focused and ready for the 2011 MLB Draft.  If there was a single theme to this draft, it was power, both in terms of bats and arms -- everything from 500 ft. home runs to 99 mph fastballs.  The Cubs walked away with 3 of the top 50 players as ranked by Baseball America, while also adding a few sleepers in between.  While there's no way you can ever predict how these players will turn out, you can come in prepared to give yourself the best shot possible.  As a fan, that's all you can really ask, and at least for this draft, the Cubs didn't let us down.  If they can sign some key players, I'd give this draft a B despite not owning multiple early round picks.  Here's a list of the 10 most interesting picks...


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  • what's with the 20-80 scouting scale? seems odd

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I'm not exactly sure why -- and they always go by 5's (55, 60, 65). 80, of course, is top of the charts and it's extremely rare for a player to be scored that high in any category. Even 70s are rare, if you rate someone a 70, you pretty much believe they'll be one of the best in the league at that category. So that shows how highly they think of Baez's power potential -- then again, Vitters also scored a 70 for his power coming out of the draft, so there's obviously some guesswork and projection involved. Players typically are re-graded throughout their careers and it's doubtful Vitters would still rate a 70 by the time he makes the majors -- but you never know, I guess. He's still young.

    The only Cub I can think of off the top of my head that got an 80 in anything was Shawon Dunston (the older one, not the son that just drafted), and that was for this throwing arm.

  • nice high school football team Trevor Gretzky played on, Joe Montana & Will Smith son played there too

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Nice bit of trivia...I didn't know that.

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