Cubs go for raw high school RHP in Ryan McNeil in 3rd round

The Cubs are really stocking up on arms since taking Almora.  With their 3rd round pick, the Cubs selected..

Ryan McNeill

  • RHP
  • 6'3"
  • 210 lbs.
  • Nipomo HS, California

O'Neill is an athletic big-framed pitcher with good velocity (90-93 mph), but needs a lot of work in terms of mechanics and his breaking stuff.  He definitely puts the "project" in projectability.  Development will be the key here as all the parts are there, he just can't get them all to work at the same time consistently.  This is an interesting pick, as O'Neill is said to have a solid commitment to Long Beach State so he may not be an easy sign.
This one is the pick I'm most unsure about, but again, the Cubs have way, way more information than I do, so I'll trust them on this one.

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    Yeah, I'm like you. This one is kind of a bummer, but they know more than we do.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I'll have to ask and get more info on him. They must see something they like. Definitely has the build and athleticism.

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    I love the loading up on pitchers.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    Me too.

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    rhp josh conway, coastal carolina sp was 4th round pick.

  • they probably werent in love with who was on the board at this point and think they might have gone for an underslot guy. obviously i have no idea if thats really what happened but it would make sense.

  • In reply to jshmoran:

    Maybe...but he's not expected to be an easy sign. My guess is that they're projecting on this and they know what to fix as far as mechanics. Ability is there, but long way to go.

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    John, I agree. This is my least favorite so far. Especially since Ty Buttrey, Hunter Virant, Mitchel Traver, and Kyle Twomey were all still on the Board. I'm sure signability concerns have prevented the former three from being picked already

    Still, I also agree that they have more information than I do. Thoughts on Josh Conway??

  • In reply to Chris Trengove:

    Definitely a signability issue. Virant and Buttrey may not get drafted at this point. I was thinking Twomey, but some mixed opinion on ceiling. I like him.

    Just did a write up. Good upside play. Mixed reports on velocity, but slider is a potential knockout pitch. Probably a reliever.

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    Boston takes Ty Buttrey at #151 overall. Do you think they'll be able to sign him? Baseball America had him as the 38th best prospect...

  • In reply to Chris Trengove:

    Tough sign but Boston has multiple picks. They can shuffle money around better than the Cubs can. I'd say they have a much better chance than the Cubs do.

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    Jim Callis had an interesting theory a while ago on the web cast. He said it could be that teams were calling up certain high school prospects and asking them straight up if they would sign for a certain slot limit, and if the answer was "no," they weren't taking them.

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