There's no question what the Cubs theme is here...upside, upside, upside. Specifically with arms. The Cubs have passed on a lot more polished arms or sure things to go for guys with high ceilings. The system lacks impact arms and it seems the Cubs would rather hit the jackpot with one or two than get a lot of 4th/5th starters and middle relievers.
I like the strategy.
The latest pick...
- 175 lbs.
- Coastal Carolina
Josh Conway had a 2nd round grade for a lot of teams but Tommy John surgery caused him to slide a couple of rounds here. It shows the Cubs would rather be patient and potentially find an impact guy than just get low ceiling, useful players. Before he got hurt, some had Conway sitting in the mid-90s, while others had him in the low 90s but peaking mid-90s. His best pitch is a hard, sharp-breaking slider with two-plane break. He's probably a reliever, but he could be a late inning guy if he recovers well and reaches his potential.
He lacks command but has the athleticism to improve that in time. Here's the MLB Video, but they have different information than I do.