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Live Blogging, Day 2: Interesting arms, bats still available

Live Blogging, Day 2: Interesting arms, bats still available

The Cubs made a couple of interesting picks yesterday in RH power hitter Kris Bryant and LHP Rob Zastryzny but things could get really intriguing today.

There is some real talent slipping because of signability and I'm wondering if the Cubs will be able to save enough money with their top two picks to make a run at a high ceiling arm or perhaps even another bat.  There are excellent options available on both fronts.

Available Pitching:

  1. Kyle Serrano: 92-94 mph with advanced change.  Father is a coach, which helps his knowledge of the game but he's also the coach at Tennesseee, where Serrano is commmited to play baseball.  In other words, tough sign, but first round talent.
  2. Connor Jones:  Heavy low 90s FB, potential for plus slider and above averager change.  Classic 3 pitch sinker/slider type with the big, strong body to be a mid-rotation type.  Very tough sign, as many Virginia recruits are.
  3. Andrew Mitchell:  Former closer at TCU can really bring it -- up to 97 out of the bullpen.   Can still hit 94 as a starter and an excellent hard curve, perhaps the best in the draft.  Refining his change and increasing stamina and refining command are keys for him.  If not, you have a good closer prospect.
  4. Jake Brentz, LHP:  Has reportedly hit 100 mph but extremely raw.  A project for someone like Derek Johnson to mold.  He has the arm strength.
  5. Bobby Wahl: Another guy who can reach 97, but Wahl more often pitches in 91-93 range then lost velo this season.  Potential for plus slider but inconsistent and relies too much on it which some think is the cause for the drop in velo.  Former top 10 candidate.
  6. Trey Masek: Pitches in the low 90s but was one pitcher some felt was overused at times, which is perhaps causing his drop.  He also has a somewhat slight build, which compounds the  issue.  He's also had rotator tendinitis, which would also scare teams.  He's a late first round guy on talent alone, but durability/injury issues have pushed him down.

Available hitters:

  1. Jonathan Denney, C (HS): Like Wahl, Denney was once considered a possible top 10 pick.  He has the defensive skills to remain at catcher but had a poor year with the bat, causing some to question bat speed.  Kevin tells me he had trouble catching up to anything above 87-88 mph.
  2. Ryan Boldt, OF (HS): Another potential mid-first round talent, Boldt is one of the better all-around players in the draft.  No standout tool but he is athletic and does everything well.  A minor knee injury has caused him to slide and now he is a tough sign
  3. Chris Okey, C (HS):  An athletic C with tons of Team USA experience, Okey has more polish than some and potentially a good hit tool..  Some have compared him to Jason Kendall.
  4. Cord Sandberg, OF (HS):  A big, physical, athletic player whom some have compared to Austin Meadows.  He's a recruit a Mississippi State with some signability issues but many feel he's signable.
  5. Trey Michaelewski, 3B (HS):  A good athlete with some bat potential, much less likely in round 3 now that the Cubs have drafted another 3B, Kris Bryant, in the first round.  If he falls, however, keep an eye on him as the Cubs scouted him and liked what they saw.

Houston is on the clock...

12:05 pm:  The Astros take soft-tossing, polished lefty Kent Emmanuel.  Good college guy but 5th starter potential.

12:11 pm:  The Cubs select athletic outfielder Jacob Hanneman from BYU.  He's a draft eligible freshman.  He went on a Mormon mission and just returned to school.  Cubs must see a little Jacoby Ellsbury as far as his raw skill set.  Obviously doesn't have the polish of your normal college player.  He's a true CF with the speed and natural instincts to play there.  Makeup is off the charts.

12:23 pm: I've never seen such varied reports on Jonathan Denney, especially with regard to bat speed and defense.  Obviously there is some concern with either or both since he dropped this far.  The most recent reports show concern about bat speed.

12:33 pm:  More on Jacob Hanneman.  Theo Epstein marvels at his "fluidness" and says he could look better going 0 for 5 than some do going 5 for 5.  Interesting because it's difficult to describe Brett Jackson or Matt Szczur as "fluid".  They're definitely more of the grindy types.  Sounds to me that Hanneman could be a Matt Szczur with better instincts.  Hit .344/.415/.553/.968, with a .418 wOBA after two years off.  Read more about Hanneman here.

12:38 pm: Some more information on Cubs 2nd round pick Rob Zastryzny.  Paraphrasing some info here but here's the gist: Scouts think he can settle in at 92-93 mph with some late movement.  Combined with good command and ability to change speeds, he can keep hitters off balance, make them look "silly".  They feel there is a lot of upside here.

12:47 p.m.  Video on Jacob Hanneman...

 

12:57 PM: Michael Caldwell calls this one! The Cubs take RHP Tyler Skulina out of Kent State. Love this pick here in the 4th round. He has the raw arm strength and still has upside for a college player. Low 90s fastball with downward plane and arm-side run, potential for a solid slider and/or curveball -- he may have to choose between the two. Needs to work on change up and command. Cubs obviously have some faith in their ability to develop pitchers with the selections of Zastrzyny and Skulina. The pattern seems to be to get guys with college-level experience, good makeup/work ethic -- but yet have enough upside that there is room to grow. Not an easy combo to find but Cubs may have found it here with these two arms. You have to like the potential of what Derek Johnson can do with this combination of traits.

1:17 PM: As promised, Kevin's reaction to the Kris Bryant selection...

1:38 PM: The Cubs select Trey Masek who I talked about in this piece. The concerns about build and injury are there, but so is the talent if he can stay healthy. He's a late first round guy on talent alone, but the concerns caused him to drop. A top 50 type guy who can reach 95 with potential for a plus curve, and an above average change. Concerns about delivery but it does add deception. Great value here.

2:03 PM: Will write my thoughts on Cubs pitching later but here's what I see. Jed Hoyer has talked about growing bullpens "organically". What he means is you draft starters with good stuff and if they don't make it as starter you got yourself some potential bullpen arms.

I think Zastryzny was selected with the idea of being a starter because of his feel/command/stuff -- but Skulina and Masek are good gambles because they have SP potential, but for different reasons, they could end up as bullpen guys. Grow them at home, grow them cheaply with good arms from the draft. Not everyone can stay a starter.

2:30 PM: A very good pick again by the 6'7" RHP Scott Frazier of Pepperdine. I wrote on Twitter that I got the feeling the Cubs wouldn't necessarily punt 6-10 and that was the case -- at least for this pick. Frazier is a legit SP prospect but may end up in the bullpen -- which fits the Cubs pattern in this draft. 91-94, curve, change -- a late first round to 2nd round talent here. Command and delivery issues may push him to the bullpen, but if so, he may have closer potential, intimidating size and can touch 97 in short stints. I'm beginning to love this draft for the Cubs.

3:07 PM: The Cubs select 5'11 David Garner. The Cubs went down 8 inches in height but not so much in velocity. Garner can hit 95 mph, gets a little wild at times, however. I think the size and command issues means he probably ends up the bullpen -- and probably a lot sooner than the previous 3 pitchers selected.

3:49 PM: The Cubs select Sam Wilson, a hard-throwing LHP, who hasn't been a full-time pitcher so we're really talking about getting a guy with arm strength that you hope you can develop -- something that's becoming a theme here. Wilson can hit 93-94 which is tremendous velo for a southpaw. Because he's raw and is relatively new to pitching, it's tempting to say he'll be a reliever, but Wilson does have the makings of 3 solid pitches with his curve and change. He's also athletic and repeats his delivery well -- something that can help pitchers develop good command.

4:14 PM: Here is an interesting article on Rob Zastryzny. The more I read about this guy, the more I like -- the more he seems like he's a late bloomer. He's just now developing a slider? Love that it has potential to get so much better and love that he hasn't been throwing it at a young age. Bodes well for his long term health.

4:40 PM: The Cubs selected an athletic CF Charcer Burke out of a Texas high school. Can't say I know much about this guy so analysis won't be "instant". It's the first high school player the Cubs have taken. I wish that if the Cubs were going to take an athletic CF'er, it would have been Corey Ray from Chicago. At least I've seen him play. Burkes is listed as a SS but Cubs intend to move him to CF.

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  • I said it last night...I'm hoping for Jones or Wahl. Both the Cubs first two picks look like they could have potential for a below slot deal which could open up the money for someone like Jones. Wahl has good stuff but needs some consistency. Seems like he could be a steal with some coaching.

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    At 3rd round, Wahl is a great pick. As is Jones and Serrano if you can sign them.

  • Serrano's Dad tweeted that he is going to college. Sounds right seeing he wasn't draft in Round 1.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Sure, but doesn't mean teams won't take him. This is probably still too early to take that chance, but sometimes these things are negotiating ploys -- and sometimes they backfire.

  • Back for more, Cubs Denizens.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    I'm ready!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Is it safe to say,were going to see pitching for the Cubs the next couple rounds ?

  • Dylan covey is a intriguing option also

  • For what it's worth, Kyle Serrano wrote all over Twitter yesterday after the first few picks of the 2nd round that he was definitely going to Tennessee.

    Let's hope that was just a smoke screen and we hear he let that information out so that he'd slide to the Cubs and they could sign him way overslot in the 3rd!

  • In reply to TulaneCubs:

    I'm thinking that he was hoping to get picked anyway because he'd have all kinds of leverage. Looks like teams backed off and maybe he's dug his heels a bit.

  • Another big day in our favorite team's future.

    Ironic that the Mariners just now released Corey Patterson from their AAA roster. Good reminder that we MUST develop our draft picks.

    Okey and Brentz are my personal likes today, but I trust our FO.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Pie is still with the pirates triple A team as well

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    I'm the same way. Trust our FO. A lot of info we get is second hand (though our amount of first hand info increases all the time).

    On a personal note, I want the Cubs to take one of the guys I saw at the UA game at some point. Just so I can say I saw him when....:)

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    In related news: Yasiel Puig. It's just not fair.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I was thinking the same thing when I was watching the highlights last night.

  • Another point: if we like him -- and have the highest bid on Cuban RH Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez -- it's like getting another advanced pitching prospect. He's going to have a showcase around June 20, per mlbtr.

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    In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    I fully expect the Dodgers to be insane again.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Isn't international spending capped now? Limits what the Dodgers can do.

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    In reply to Ike03:

    How old is he? I believe if he's 22 or older the spending caps are off.

  • In reply to Ike03:

    Gonzalez is 26, so the international spending pool doesn't apply to him.

  • In reply to Ike03:

    Gonzalez is reportedly 26, so the int'l spending cap doesn't apply. If he has the goods, it's deep-pockets time.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Ha ! Insanity -- it's in their tainted Dodger-blue blood

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Mike, The interesting part of the Dodgers going insane is how little it has helped them so far. They are working hard at making Theo's case for the importance of building from within.

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    In reply to les561:

    The touchstone of the insanity -- Puig -- is looking like a flat out bargain, though.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    he ran through their minor leagues man

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    I'll probably have something on him sometime after the draft.

  • John, An incredible job yesterday!!!! I hope you managed to get some rest last night.

    I am still trying to figure out how I feel after yesterday's pics, but am anxious to see how the rest of the draft goes for the Cubs.

    A nice story about Zastryzny in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/zastryzny-hopes-to-join-mizzou-s-group-of-mlb-arms/article_98118666-c242-5f97-b6fc-8eb1d0c73bbb.html

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    In reply to les561:

    This is interesting: “I’ve been told as high as middle of the first (round) and as low as fifth or sixth,” said Zastryzny.

    Maybe it wasn't a reach at all.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    The hope is that all of the effort in building the scouting department pays off in a pick like this.

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    In reply to les561:

    Thanks for linking that article, Les. Very interesting. Also found it intriguing that the Cubs weren't one of the teams he'd had extensive conversations with. Perhaps they didn't think he was going to be there.

    It's still an odd pick, but I'm increasingly optimistic about it.

  • In reply to les561:

    Thanks! It took me a while to wind down yesterday from the coffee and the excitement, but once I did, I was out and slept all the way until 10:15 today!

    Thanks for the link.

  • How about Brett Morales from King HS RHP? Any news on him

  • In reply to Chicago Cubs Fan 24:

    I think he's possible. More of a 4th or 5th but I could see him in the 3rd. Good arm and potential for 3 pitches. I know Kevin likes him.

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    More Zastryzny: “If I would have gone in the first round, I would have gotten paid more or whatever, But I’m glad. Because at 41, that means everyone passed over me. And now I have a reason to hate every other team in baseball. It worked out perfect.”

    I'm starting to like this kid. A lot.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Haha! He's a competitor and he's got a chip on his shoulder now. That never hurts.

    As I said in the previous post, I can't get the number 95 out of my head. Kendall Rogers said he was hitting it in the regionals. General stuff looks like our usual guys: Rusin, Raley, Jokisch...but those guys don't throw 95 --- ever. There may be some untapped arm strength there and the Cubs think that Derek Johsnon can tap into it. It's not like he has done that before.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Muhahahahahahaha!!!

  • Hi.

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    Did the FO think Zastryzny might be gone by round 3? Would taking Hunter Green in the 2nd and hope for Zastryzny in the 3rd been too much of a gamble?

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    I would have loved that but I think he would have been gone by then. Seeing what Kendall Rogers wrote that he was hitting 95 in front of a bunch of scouts tells me A) there was already a lot of late interest for so many scouts to be there and B) A lot of teams saw what the Cubs saw.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Reading the articles this morning, it sounds like there was significant interest in Zastryzny from teams like the Royals, Yankees, and Astros who had second picks before the Cubs. Believe it or not, he may have dropped a bit to fall to the Cubs at 41. We can probably thank the fall of guys like Manaea and Clarkin for that.

  • Another thing about Zastryzny and what might be untapped arm strength. The Cubs drafted another guy with inconsistent velo last year and suddenly it's not so inconsistent anymore. Talking about Duane Underwood here, but could also be talking about Conway, who was showing good consistent velo before injury.

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    John, what are you thoughts on Tyler Skulina? He's got raw stuff, and he sort of strikes me as a Matt Barnes/Pat Light type with less polish, which makes me think our FO types might take a liking to him. Honestly, I'm a little surprised you didn't list him, since you and I think so much alike so often.

    BTW, let me know where to send the Scotch. I sure was wrong about Houston and Appel. I was never convinced that the Cubs wouldn't take Bryant no matter what, but I couldn't conceive the Astros taking Appel.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Some talent to work with there. And if the Cubs do pick him then I think we'll begin to see a pattern here -- guys with good arms who need development.

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    Of the guys listed I like Mitchell the best. Seems like he has a higher floor than some of the other guys.

  • John, I probably missed it in the comments last night, but where do you think Bryant starts? Daytona?

  • Competitive Balance Round?!?! What the heck is that?

  • In reply to lokeey:

    It's new in this CBA...it's to help out the smaller market/small payroll teams like Detroit. Cardinals were eligible for one too, but didn't get picked in the lottery.

  • Just from what I've read. Ill go with Andrew Mitchell > Bobby Wahl. Though you'd hope either of them can stick as a starter.

    The thing I didn't like about the Zastryzny pick, was that it looked like he'd be there in the 3rd. I mean I read scouting reports on everyone but this guy lol. But hey if you like someone you draft him right? Regardless of what other FOs are doing or what fans are thinking I guess.

  • I still wonder if the second pick was meant to save money for Bryant and Boris Badenough.

  • Serrano's dad is the head coach at Tennesee lol, he's going to school

  • Kiley McDaniel ‏@kileymcd 2m
    Hearing there may be a deal in place with Jon Denney & Royals if he gets to the 9th pick of the 3rd round. Will be above the $660,900 slot.

  • Who would like the Cubs to grab with this 3rd round pick?

  • Callis just referred to both Serrano and Jones as "all but unsignable"...

  • I just got of the phone with Denney, he told me Cubs are taking him ;)

    Jk

  • Cavan Biggio i would like the cubs to grab he has a real nice bat and son of Craig Biggio

  • I was originally hoping to land Okaey with this pick... but now that Wahl could be available, how do we pass on that upside potential. his ETA could fir as well for 2015/2016....

  • Houston may take Biggio considering the history.

  • another OF'r?...

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    Another intriguing pick.

  • What are the cubs doing

  • #214 on the BA list...

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    Don't get too hung up on that. I love Callis, but with these obscure guys, I trust the depth of knowledge w/i the front office to have a more realistic grade.

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    Matt Szczur 2.0. Might be something there.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Mormon Szczur!

  • Felzz called it weeks ago.... THERE IS NO PLAN!!.... lmao

  • not overly impressed with 2nd/3rd rd picks myself.

  • "Some teams have told Hannemann that he could be taken as high as the fifth round, which would likely come with a big cash incentive to end his football playing days."

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/56411256-77/hannemann-byu-football-team.html.csp

    I am officially done

  • Chris Crawford ‏@CrawfordChrisV 1m
    Had a fifth round grade on Hannemann, don't understand that pick.

  • When they say there going BPA, they really mean it. Cause they just passed on more pitching for an OF.

  • i'm starting to not like the Cubs FO! a OF'r??? we have a ton of outfielders and they are the easiest position to fill???? plus we already have a ton of position prospects who can play OF, you telling me this kid is better than for instance Lake, Szczur, Jackson, etc??? c'mon this is just plain dumb, we just showed this year guys like David Dejusus, Sheirholz, Sweeney, etc. how you can find Of's to play... we already have Soler and Almora too! Shake my Head, where is the pitching?

  • "could go as high as the 5th round!" - Not if the Cubs have any say. An older kid who hasn't played a lot of baseball, and went on a religious mission. Perfect..... :/ I just don't get why they don't select the player everyone has at the top of the list.

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    They're saving money. Something is up. Probably Jones.

  • Conor Glassey ‏@conorglassey 5m
    #Cubs 3rd rdr BYU CF Jacob Hannemann is one of my favorite sleepers in this year's draft. Jacoby Ellsbury comps, which Theo knows all about.

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    Or it could also be that Bryant was unbelievably expensive. He has leverage because he can go back.

  • Baseball America had him 214 in there top 500 over draft should of hired luhnow denney gone

  • In reply to dakota cubs fan:

    Not sure this is even worth replying to. Denney has bat speed questions among other things. Basing your opinion of our FO on taking him is off base. Do some research.
    If you like Luhnow's approach with the "storied franchise" Astros, I'm sure they need fans.
    I have faith in our FO and in our approach and in our picks. I'm not turning coat in a snit just because "my guy" wasn't taken.

  • Why don't they take jones now and save money later makes no sense mike

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    In reply to dakota cubs fan:

    Because if Jones doesn't sign they lose the money. If they take Jones in the 11th round and can't sign him, they still have the money and can go after some other tough signs.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Who is jones?

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    In reply to fsufrenzy911:

    Connor Jones: Heavy low 90s FB, potential for plus slider and above averager change. Classic 3 pitch sinker/slider type with the big, strong body to be a mid-rotation type. Very tough sign, as many Virginia recruits are.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Oops didnt see that before. Thanks

  • this is just gettig dumb, Of's are a dime a dozen...

  • Just throwing this out there, but could they be looking to convert him to Catcher?

  • IDK, heard Mayo questioned his arm strength....

  • What is going on with the Cubs' FO???

    Either they are smarter than all of us (fans) or they are just dumber than all of us (who said the biggest need were pitching and catching positions).

    I just don't get the mindset right now.

  • In reply to DetroitCubFan:

    My guess is that they're smarter than all of us. Just a hunch.

  • I think we have to wait until the Top 10 picks are done and look at the totality of the draft. Looking at 1 player at one spot may not make sense when you consider the slotting process.

    With that said, we do need arms....

  • word around MSU is cord has a price set, some have mentioned it was around 1million

    a guy close to the MSU baseball program tweeted just a little while ago that cord has said he is highly unlikely to sign at this point and will play both sports and re-enter in 3 years

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    I don't understand how people could make up their entire opinion on a draft pick based rankings from Baseball America. I'm sure BA does their due diligence, but I doubt they've invested the hours in scouting a player like Hannemann that the Cubs have.

    And position shouldn't be an issue. If he can truly play CF, then he can essentially play anywhere.

  • In reply to Jason Pellettiere:

    just to give more info on the Hannemann pick and BA. I knew I recognized the name and just went back to the BA podcast from 5/22/13 and around the 44 minute mark, the topic of later round steals comes up. They spoke highly of him as a strong prospect with tools---but has uphill battle. thought he was a 5th round pick.

  • In reply to Jason Pellettiere:

    I agree with the first part. But a good CF can not necessarily play anywhere. Anywhere in the OF, perhaps... But not necessarily anywhere. Still CF is a "premium" middle of the field defensive position so he has value if he can hit.

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    General manager Theo Epstein, the architect of the championship Boston teams who now works for the Chicago Cubs, apparently marveled at Hannemann's fluidness. He could look better going 0-for-5 than some players that go 5-for-5, Howard recounts Epstein saying.

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    Bryant is not signing under slot. I don't know why people are assuming that. He has a ton of leverage and a shark for an agent.

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    In reply to Jive Wired:

    The Cubs have some leverage, too. If he doesn't sign, he is extremely unlikely to first overall next year -- he isn't Mark Appel, this year was pretty much the best he could possibly be -- and if he drops to even 3rd the money he gets drops substantially.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Boras does not sign guys under slot, particularly 1st round guys, particularly 1-2 picks. There will be no discount for the Cubs, and Boras will have no problem advising Bryant to go back to school if the Cubs don't ante up. The Cubs know Boras' number, and they likely chose Bryant knowing they will have to meet that number. That limits any leverage the Cubs may have.

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    In reply to Jive Wired:

    Kevin, who has been dead on so far, suggested that he was willing to take a discount for certain teams. We don't know if the Cubs were one of them, but I'm inclined to believe him.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    I'm more inclined to believe in Boras historically than Kevin, and I mean no offense to Kevin, whomever Kevin is. I would imagine that Boras never mentioned the word discount, in fact, he probably cannot even pronounce that word. And if by chance he did, it was only to manipulate where his clients would be selected.

    Maybe Bryant said he would take a discount. I'm sure Boras took him out to the woodshed and made him realize the importance of not saying that word. Respect to Kevin, but Bryan signs at slot value, and if he signs for less, it won't be by much. The Cubs 2nd & 3rd round picks, both slight reaches, indicate that they fully expect to pay Bryant what he wants. Don't forget, he slot salary is not a hard line ceiling - it is a MLB recommendation. He may even be asking for a greater amount.

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    In reply to Jive Wired:

    Definitely possible. But taking Gray was an option there. If it meant torching the rest of their draft to get Bryant, it seems like one hell of a risk.

    Again, it's possible, but I'm not ready to jump 100% on that wagon yet.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    I think passing on Gray is clear indication they are willing to pay Boras/Bryant slot value. I also think that Gray just doesn't have the track record that the Cubs FO likes.

    Here's the thing. I read this column every day but I rarely contribute because there is so much contradiction in the comments. But the signs have been there all along. There is an inherent risk in selecting pitchers that doesn't sit well with Epstein/Hoyer. And it makes perfect sense. I don't think Gray was as strongly considered, and the times his name was thrown out there may have been to disguise their interest in Bryant.

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    You read this column every day, but don't know who Kevin is? I'm puzzled by that.

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    In reply to Jive Wired:

    And as John has said, Boras does like directing his clients to major markets. He might be willing to take slightly less on this contract for a wink wink nudge nudge deal for a big payday down the road. We just don't know.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    I know who Kevin Gallo is and I know his site - I just don't know what his credentials are and I am not being disrespectful in saying that, I simply do not know. I also know that not everybody is right 100% of the time nor do I tend to agree wth people just because of their level of expertise. If you say "Kevin said Bryant will sign for less than slot" and that "Kevin has been right everytime so far" - and I guarantee he hasn't, again, no disrespect, why am I supposed to accept that as fact when history and knowledge of negotiation dictates otherwise?

    Heck - I could be wrong. Bryant could sign for half the value or less. But based on the fact that the Cubs have reached on rounds 2 & 3, I highly doubt they are saving money for picks in rounds 5-10.

    So, based on Boras' history, the overreach on #2/#3, experience in negotiating (I am in music, I used to be in finance, for eleven years at that), I have to respectfully disagree with the statement that Bryant will sign under slot value until I see that actually happen. It doesn't matter if Kevin says that or anybody else. I could be wrong, and I am no expert, but my *gut* feeling and *experience* tells me that Bryant is asking for over slot and the Cubs are going to pay it, or at the minimum, full slot value, or they would have drafted Gray.

    I think Kevin does a great job with Baseball Futures and is very knowledgable, but I prefer Baseball Prospect Report, written by John Klima. Why did I say I don't know who Kevin is? I didn't realize I was expected to know it was precisely Kevin Gallo based on a first name only. I reserve those first name assumptions to Elvis, Bono and Gramps (my grandfather).

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    In reply to Jive Wired:

    You're making my statements much more extreme than they are. I've admitted that you could be right. I also think it's possible they're saving up money to make a run at Jones or Boldt or a hard sign in round 11.

    I'm not sure why you're being so aggressive here.

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    Kevin is an amateur scout who is aspiring to work in the field professionally, and he contributes to our site.

    It helps us a ton because he has first hand info and talks with pro scouts -- and to my knowledge, no other Cubs site can claim that when it comes to the draft.

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    In reply to Jive Wired:

    Appel will sign underslot with Houston. Or Houston would not have taken him.....

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    In reply to bocabobby:

    Why would you say that? Their draft last year means nothing in 2013. Appel may take a discount, but it is not going to be the 30% that Correa took last year.

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    In reply to Jive Wired:

    He already said it would only take $6M to sign him. That's why Houston took another look and decided in fact to take him......

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    I've got to agree with this. If anything, the Cubs may have to pull some of the money up from lower picks in order to sign Bryant. there are several college juniors already drafted by the Cubs who may go unsigned.

  • here is an interesting article about our new OutFielder... It even Mentions Chicago and a quote from Theo Epstein...

    http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/baseball/article_50ac6e36-ceb5-11e2-95ee-001a4bcf887a.html#.UbIVX461JH4.twitter

  • In reply to Nik0522:

    Thanks for the link. "He could look better going 0-for-5 than some players that go 5-for-5", Howard recounts Epstein saying.... interesting. Sounds like he has some quicks and excellent instincts too.

  • keithlaw ‏@keithlaw
    Guessing they cut deals to pay Bryant RT @Colman_Conneely: have you seen the cubs last 2 picks? I don't know what to think.

  • keithlaw ‏@keithlaw 43s
    Guessing they cut deals to pay Bryant RT @Colman_Conneely: have you seen the cubs last 2 picks? I don't know what to think.

  • Whole lot of stupid going on here today.

    Guys, you don't know anything about any of these players past the first 3. Shut up already and just see what happens. Just because Jim Callis has a guy ranked lower doesn't make him a bad pick. I'm sure Cubs scouts have seen all these guys much more than Callis, perfect game, etc.

  • Lets not freak out completely. Most of the guys mentioned up top are still available...and its almost back around to the Cubs. How about Bobby Wahl or Jake Brentz or Andrew Mitchell...

  • If there's a common theme so far, the FO is focusing upon mature players with great makeup that are flying under the radar. It also appears they've made a determination that the pitching in early rounds doesn't warrant risking resources that should be expended if they can't provide potential impact in the future. Must say that the Jacoby Ellsbury comp for Hanneman is quite intriguing.

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    The thing we still don't know is Bryant's bonus. That number will tell us a lot about what's happened since.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    We've reached on 2nd/3rd rd (imo). I'm guessing Bryant + Boras is an overslot.

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    I have faith in the FO to make the best decisions for the cubs. Yes we need pitching but the draft is 40 rounds and in the end is all a crap shoot. 1st rounders crap out (Patterson was just mentioned today) and late round picks become all stars. Have faith people since no one here is sitting in the cubs war room......

  • I just have to think the Cubs are going for a serious over-slot in the 4th round and maybe beyond. Any thoughts on who? But also could be Theo and his brain trust, up to and including Mgt., scouts, coaching and maybe even algorithms seem have a much different "draft board" then any of the experts. As do MLB teams in general.

  • we know enough to know we don't need OF's really, we need pitching and don't really have any real catching prospects... it has nothing to do with the player, more the position... I loved the Kris Bryant pic tho, I just thought after that they would try to find more Starting Pitching prospects for our system...

  • Jacob Hannemann has got some talent, but he's 22 years old and the clock is ticking for him if he wants to be a pro. He can't afford to play 2 to 3 more years of college ball, which is basically low A pro ball like the Midwest league. So guess who has the leverage with this pick? Guess who might take a lower offer and pass up 2-3 more years of expensive college education? lol

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    In reply to shalin:

    $550k will get Hannemann signed according to those in his camp based on articles I've read. I think the slot value is right around $730k though I am guessing. If you save $180k and get a kid who has a floor of a starting CF or a 4th OF in a year or two, I think that is a great pick.

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    You could be exactly right on this pick. I don't know anything about him except what I read, but I will wait at least 2 years to form a definite opinion on Jacob. I truly believe that there is a margin of error of up to 30% on most of the player evaluations unless you see someone performing so much better than his peers, like a Bryce Harper, who was a man among boys in hs. That percent error is the difference between a major and minor league player, ie, it's more of an art form than a science. In the meantime, Jive, I am happy that you are happy, lol

  • Still hoping for Dylan covey

  • 2015 Cubs Opening Day lineup....

    CF - Almora
    2B - Amaya
    SS - Baez
    1B - Rizzo
    RF - Soler
    LF - Golden
    3B - Bryant
    C - Castillo

  • Hey everyone. Right now I'm just live blogging so will get to any questions later. Rounds move fast now and trying to get you info.p

    Keep rechecking article. Just added video and Theo's thoughts on Hanneman and encouraging scouting thoughts on Zastryzny.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    John - I like every pick the Cubs have made. It is not often that you get a college pitcher adept at changing speeds. I read a comp to John Tudor on Zastryzny. I'd certainly take that. I love Hannemann too.

    I wish people would realize that every pick is not a future starter. That being said, both picks certainly have high floors and the Cubs desperately need high floor guys in their system.

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    Did the recent unsettling regression of Starlin Castro's hitting approach and mental makeup have as much to do with the selection of Bryant as did the lack of AA and AAA 3B options? Did one more possible hole in the everyday lineup play more of a role than someone who can impact the season and bullpen every 5th day? The Cubs brass can play the "best player available" card all they want. I'm not sure if Castro is in their plans 3 years from now and they are regretting that new contract.

  • In reply to Jay Menadue:

    I think that all of your premises, assumptions stated as facts, are erroneous. "Unsettling", "mental makeup", "hole in the everyday lineup", etc. are deep minority opinions or biases, at best.
    How about "Castro's in a slump", as was discussed ad infinitum a few days ago?

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    In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    I think it is more than its a slump. Its an entire hitting philosophy. He's not buying into their OB%. When the front office says "our core players have to step up and grind out AB's or we will find players who will", they are not talking about DeJesus, Schierholz, Rizzo, Valbuena and near end of contract Soriano. It does not take much to read between the lines. I think they will be shopping him around next summer.

  • In reply to Jay Menadue:

    I'm not going to argue. So far you and one other guy only, out of the hundreds of posters here, are predicting they are giving up on a guy they just extended 7 years and will shop him instead, and the other guy is a notorious pot-stirrer.
    The only thing we agree on is that Castro needs to develop. But he's only 23 so no one can give up on anyone with his talent.
    As to the purpose of this thread, I'm enjoying our picks. Are you?

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    In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    The one thing you have to consider is that Castro has a very friendly contract and teams may overpay in value for him because he is at a premium position. Plus the Cubs have depth. That is the whole purpose of eliminating no trade and limited trade clauses by this front office. It gives them tons of flexibility. If someone will overpay for Castro and Baez is ready to handle SS at the major league level, and Bryant is capable of playing 3B, trading Castro is a no-brainer.

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    Yes, but not in the context of "he's a failure, so we must shop him". That's the mentality that dumps Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio.

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    In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    I agree. But were Castro really deemed a failure, he would have no trade value at all. I see some signs that I am concerned about, mostly his lack of focus has seemed to bleed into his at-bats. I hope he can correct that. If anybody needs Adderoll (sp.) it is Castro!

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    Really? We're back to nicking away at Castro again? Talk about beating a dead horse. And Castro ain't a dead horse. He's not much older than some of the draft picks! Let it be! And hope that Sveum does too!

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    The Castro / Adderall reference is just way off-base.
    I'd rather pull for our guys to develop than snark and snip at them.

    How 'bout those draft picks, eh?

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    In reply to Jive Wired:

    I was ecstatic when they drafted Bryant instead of Gray. I would rather have an everyday player who can bat 4-6 in the lineup. I was down on Z until I saw some other information on him. I was hoping for someone with more velocity, but he's a LHP from the SEC so he has faced quality hitters. The other picks are based on athleticism and OBP, ability to take a walk, ability to throw strikes with more than one pitch and good general makeup. I like value picks, but with some many draftees, I wish they would stay away from pitchers with a history of shoulder injuries. I don't think we'll see the volume of busts like in the Hendry years.

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    In reply to Jay Menadue:

    I wanted Clint Frazier all along, Bryant was my second choice. I do admit Bryant is a safer choice but I love Frazier's Mike Trout-esque ceiling. I never liked Appel. Gray has an elite 80-scale fastball, tough to pass that up. But I love the pick of Bryant and I really like Hannemann. Just think with Samaardzjia, Zazystasny and Skulina I could see a rotation in a few years with three guys whose names I cannot pronounce nor spell. Thank God for Bryant!

    BTW - a great site for scouting reports on amateurs: http://www.bbprospectreport.com/

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    In reply to Jive Wired:

    I wasn't snipping at Castro, facts are facts. He is not focused in his at bats at times. That is not my opinion, that is the opinion of knowledgeable baseball people. The Adderall thing was a joke. Really - I get the level of homerism that goes on here, but facts are facts, Castro has regressed and baseball people have said he needs better focus at the plate. Don't shoot the messenger and have a sense of humor. Jeez, there was nothing derogatory in that statement or assumption. @TinkersEversChance and @StillMissKennyHubbs.

  • Tyler Skulina. Good call Michael Caldwell!

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    In reply to Furiousjeff:

    Thank you! It just seemed logical. He's a less polished version of Matt Barnes and Pat Light, and we know how this front office feels about those types of pitchers.

  • That's more what I was expecting...

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    Could be the Cubs were very high on Skulina and Hannemann and knew one of the two would be gone by round 5.

  • Big pick for the Cubs Tyler Skulina could turn into a big time sleeper.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    He's a winner! He can spot his pitches and he can pitch - he's not just a "toolsy" kind of player.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    Lot of good athletes come out of the MAC. And BTW, great job on keeping us all interested in Bryant all these months, the reaction on that pick yesterday was off the charts.

    I somehow believe we're going to be very pleased with the performance of all four picks the Cubs have made so far. They might not be guys that are well known, but I can see why we've chosen them.

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    Interesting pick with Gonsalves going to the Twins. Wonder if he signs.

  • Two questions regarding Zastryzny. I read somewhere (probably here) that he can add and subtract as much as 10 MPH off of his fastball. First of all, isn't that basically his fastball and changeup?

    Also, if the slow fastball really isn't his changeup, how much of a difference in velocity is there between the slow fastball and the change?

  • In reply to Eddie:

    He throws what is called a BP Fastball it is more like a pitch to keep players off balance. If you place it under the hands they will foul it off and the you come back with a mid 90s fastball it makes hitters look silly. His Change up is around 80.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    The way this Z******* guy is described, the name Maddux comes to mind. Hopefully, that is the type of control that Z******* has.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    So it's slow and straight....? That doesn't sound like a good pitch to me.

  • I'm surprised to see four college picks in a row...

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    In reply to North Side Irish:

    This is the draft of a team that plans to be competitive relatively soon.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Agreed!

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Yeah except for the Hennemen pick, from what i've gathered he's still very raw. I get he's 22, but i don't think that guy will be moving that fast through minors.

  • Personally I'm very cool with the first 4 picks. Clearly the FO and the scouts really liked these guys and got a good enough look at them. College guys that are a little closer to helping...A little easier to sign usually...Still a lot of talent left on the board too. Glad we got the Kent State guy in there in honor of Steve Stone!

  • So inconsistent SPs with so-so command that can develop into mid-rotation starters. In Derek Johnson we trust!

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    Obviously Theo thinks so... but the video you posted leaves me wondering if the cubs can sign Hanneman... Is his age what makes him so signable? He seems to be the perfect candidate to go back for one more year to gain polish and then come out in the first round next year... Unless of course his age is the issue... That being said we must plan on him cruising through the minors b/c of his age too right?

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    In reply to Jordan Dutcher:

    He is getting married and just returning from a two-year mission. I think, like any other 22-year old college student, he is anxious to start his professional career. I think that makes him more signable.

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    Agree. This guy is in pursuit of a dream and wants to get it started.

  • I've heard a Jacoby Ellsbury comparison for Jacob Hanneman...

    I don't know, watched an interview on him, he looked really skinny...

  • In reply to Nik0522:

    Ellsbury was actually very skinny out of college too.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Good point, he is still young and will def add more muscle now being a professional with the Cubs, I wrote that before I saw that video you added! he looks bigger than I thought and did look like Ellsbury! Awesome video. Pretty impressive he took 2 years off to go on a Mission after H.S. too...

  • As promised!

    Video of Kevin Gallo's reaction to the Kris Bryant selection added to the post.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Okay, that was a little lame. Maybe Kevin is simply being humble, but I'm honestly disappointed.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Ha! I thought he was pretty intense there. He was holding it in!

  • Starlin Castro is a very special talent and needs instruction because he is still young and makes mistakes. I think with time he will learn to be more selective in identifying pitches out of the strike zone, but then again, he was getting hits with a lot of those pitches and his OBP was much higher a few years ago. He is thinking too much now and I think that it could be that they are trying to make him into something he isn't and never will be.

  • there goes my guy covey

  • In reply to dakota cubs fan:

    Guy with that kind of arm and keeps getting worse? I don't know about him. You like to see some progress with guys.

  • http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-chicago-cubs-chicago-white-sox-pick-center-fielders-in-3rd-round-20130607,0,4088332.story

    Another good article about Jacob Hannema who I've seen compared to Jacoby Ellsbury, fingers crossed!

    He looked good in that Video!

  • I like Hannemann on the video. Seems like a solid kid and a good looking player.

  • This pick I like...good value in Round 5. Had some injuries, improved his mechanics, and he's definitely worth a flier here.

  • I laugh when I see people complain about non-first round picks. No one here has watched enough of any of these guys to have a real opinion about them. I'll just Mcleod and his scouting eye, thanks.

  • In reply to Ike03:

    Yup

  • solid pick

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    Masek is a nice pick up.

  • Masek in the 5th round....another college arm. Nice.

  • Kendall Rogers ‏@KendallRogersPG 1m
    #Cubs take #TexasTech RHP Trey Masek in the fifth round. Masek's injury earlier this year hurt him, but has a big FB. Some deception.

  • I may be in the minority on this, but I think all the focus on pitching needs is overstated. I agree it' seems likely that the cubs will resign Garza, based on there picks it's imperative. Next year we will most likely have 4 top 4 starters in there 20's. And lets not forget that SP has been their real only strength this year. RP and Offense has been their weakness. I just think there is enough in the pipeline to carry that staff for the next 5 years or so. As well as RP'ing. Offense and defense are the holes IMO. And the addressed that so far. I mean the blackhead at 3rd between Santos and Ramirez is worth taking Bryant alone.

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    What is this mythical pitching "pipeline" you speak of?

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    I am not sure how any of these picks would affect re-signing Garza.

  • Chris Crawford ‏@CrawfordChrisV 2m
    Really like the Masek pick by the Cubs. Four average pitches, thought he'd go two rounds earlier.

  • Any thoughts on this Masek kid out of Texas Tech? Don't recall the name.

  • In reply to Good Captain:

    He's described in the main text of this article.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Sorry. It's been awhile since I read it this AM and forgot (already). Thanks!

  • In reply to Good Captain:

    He's in the article and I also wrote about him again in the live blogging section.

    Good arm, concerns about size/arm injury. Probably a pen guy, to be honest, but he has enough to start, so try him there until he proves he can't.

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    Wow. Didn't know KGallo was a "I told you so" type of guy! LOL

    Nice work Kevin! I'm sure Chicago fans are gonna love this kid.

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    Intresting that Ryan Boldt is still available. Is he a tough sign?

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    Very tough sign. May not go until after 10 rounds.

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    What I like about Masek is that even if he doesn't make it as a starter he can be a power arm out of the bullpen.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Same thing with Skulina and Frazier.

  • One of the few things i can take away from this draft ( the first MLB one I have ever followed and had some knowledge of compared to NFL and NBA; thanks to you guys), is that we don't know what the fuck we're talking about by degrees :-) Compared to MLB MGT for a given team. And that is not in all hope unexpected. I'll give Kevin the first pick, and John mentioned Masek.

  • Have to think Wahl, C. Jones, Boldt, etc. are probably going back to school at this point...

  • But I love this site, because of the talent and demeanor of the hosts and contributors, to be my go to place for "fair and balanced" in a good way.

  • Totally agree. One of my other favorite Cubs blogs has become increasingly hostile the past few months, but I don't see that here. Good group of fans.

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    Thanks to both of you guys. Appreciate what you and the other readers bring to this blog. I've seen how readers can subtract from blogs -- you guys consistently add to it.

  • Thanks - and I like how you added, "in a good way" :)

  • Castro working a walk in his 1st AB. Granted he didn't really have much to swing at, but hey... I think we can all agree that we'll take it.

  • In reply to Jamato:

    A walk !? So can we keep him for another day or so?

  • If the Cubs resign Garza then their rotation is 1) Shark 2) Wood 3) Garza 4) Jackson 5) ?. All the Cubs have to develop in the minors is one starting pitcher. The place where they are hurting the most is the bullpen and in the field. With Russell and Villanueva already in the bullpen probably longtern, and Vizcaino probably being in the bullpen by the beginning of next year, the Cubs realistically only have to develop/trade for 2 or 3 more solid relief pitchers and maybe two starters depending on if Jackson can turn it around.

    They really need to find position players though with a whole outfield probably being gone by the end of next season, and big question marks at 3rd, 2nd if Barney can't raise his batting average, and possibly short if Castro can't turn it around by the end of next season. At this point though the farm system is looking very promising in these positions and are just a few years away from being filled with possible studs.

    With that being said you can never have to much pitching and I see the Cubs drafting and trading for solid pitching for the next few years.

  • In reply to rlh21:

    Yeah, I've been thinking the same thing. Our future rotation is mostly set, and while it's not "elite," it's good enough to mount a deep playoff run if it's combined with an elite offense. Don't forget that Baker may sign another one-year contract to prove he's recovered and that Vizcaino may prove he really is a starter. Then there's Hendricks breaking out and putting himself in contention for one of the spots at the bottom.

    I find it hard to worry too much about the bullpen during a rebuild. It's a crap shoot, with players coming out of nowhere, like the original version of Marmol, plus our big market advantage in bringing quality free agent relievers to Chicago. If we had loaded up on bullpen arms this winter, we'd have been on the fringes of this year's playoff race, so the team isn't as far away as it sometimes seems.

  • In reply to Taft:

    Great points. Also once Marmol/Soriano are off the payroll that free's up around $25 million in payroll that could bring in solid relievers or even a top of the rotation ace to compliment Shark, Garza, and Wood.

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    There goes Wahl. Good draft for the A's.

  • Jay (IN)
    Cubs 4th/5th round choices of Skulina/Masek: solid value?

    Klaw (2:56 PM)
    Skulina's got a huge arm, good value at that round. Masek was on my top 100, future reliever but a solid one.

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    Thanks Irish!

    Good stuff. I agree with Law.

  • I agree 100% John with your 2:03 PM update as i alluded to in my previous posts. A WS winning team needs 3 starters to carry them; at least that is the goal at minimum. Garza Wood Samdkjbsoi. gets us there. And, as in all the hand wringing over Darwin; someone has to take that from them. Which only makes the cubs better. And I firmly believe we have that arm in our system somewhere, and the Mgt has the talent to offer that competition.

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    LOVE Scott Frazier!

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    Great pick. I think the Cubs have nailed rounds 4-6 on this one. Not sure on round 3, but Theo likes the guy so we'll see.

  • So John, Kevin, et. al.- what do you think about our draft so far? I'm comparing these picks to last years first six rounds and I really believe this has been a much better performance by the FO in taking higher end talent that has a better chance to make the majors faster. Only two college players taken out of eight selections in first six rounds in 2012... all college players taken so far this year.

  • In reply to Paulson:

    I like this draft much better rounds 3-6 so far. Last year the Cubs got Almora/Johnson/Blackburn/Underwood in first two rounds -- I like this year's first 2 rounds, but last year was better because of the extra picks, all of whom have played well so far.

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    College pitchers, college pitchers, college pitchers. I like where this is going.

  • Chris Crawford ‏@CrawfordChrisV 16s
    Very good value by the Cubs for Frazier this late.

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    Something to note that I read somewhere yesterday: Scott Frazier -- Advertises his fastball buy squeezing (open and close) his glove before his windup.

  • Liked the Frazier pick...big boy, projected to go higher coming into the season, Friday night starter...hopefully just had an off year.

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    In reply to North Side Irish:

    I'm sure they're taking a chance on the arm. Figure DJ can work him out.

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    Love the pick. Off year, command issues and some delivery issues. But he is aggressive, throws hard and he's huge (6'7"). Possible closer if he doesn't stick as a SP.

  • Sorry to derail the topic but what happens to Baez with the Bryant pick? Do they try and move Baez to second?

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    In reply to Irish8:

    An eternity from that even mattering. When both Bryant and Baez are ready to be in the majors, they can move one, if needed.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Cubs will trade Castro......Theo can always pick up a few good ready to go MLB prospects by then to add to this team.

  • Jordan Bernfield ‏@JordanBernfield 1m
    #Cubs fans: Jason McLeod will be joining me on #CubsWeekly this Sunday to run down the team's top draft picks. @ProfessorParks too.

    Should be good stuff...

  • Good looking draft. I'm assuming the FO is confident in Hannemann's signability. He could get drafted the next three years. That's a good amount of leverage.

  • I like that Hanneman hits from the left side. We can't send 7 right side an Rizzo out every day.

  • Waves and waves of pitching, much like last year. Seems like many of these guys are destined to be bullpen guys down the road - power pitchers who can strike guys out.

  • After going with 6-5 and 6-7 pitchers, the Cubs had to bring the average back down...

  • Just watched the video on Hanneman. Liking his swing quite a bit. Very controlled.

  • Is there any chance that our first pick in the 11th round will bring us a first round talent? If there is no cap to the pick couldn't we just pick a stud and pay him something comparable to Ian Stewart's salary. If I am not mistaken this is what we did with Dillion Maples, right?

  • In reply to Sandberg2014:

    draft has changed since we drafted maples

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    In reply to Sandberg2014:

    Maples was before the new CBA.

    Here's the deal with rounds 11-40: there is a $100,000 limit to each pick. If you have pool left from the first 10 rounds, you can re-allocate it to those picks.

  • Chris okey and trey m. Still available?

  • Kind of wishing we had the A's draft...

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    I hear ya love overton, covey

  • The Cubs drafted The Falcon? (bonus dork points for me)

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    In reply to North Side Irish:

    Now they need to draft Steve Rogers :)

  • Another power arm for the Cubs with Sam Wilson -- 93,94 fresh arm, athletic -- sleeper.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Apparently transferred to a JC because of academic issues. Hopefully that isn't make-up related, but might be worth the trade off at this point in the draft.

    This draft is all about faith in Derek Johnson.

  • Just wondering why is okey still available and what are the chances on boldt?

  • Law on Waddle & Silvey right now talking Cubs draft...

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    What was Laws opinion on the cubs draft?

  • In reply to kingpro98:

    I missed the beginning, but he seemed to really like the Bryant pick over Gray. Talked about how FO people he's talked to said right handed power is rare and expensive, so the Cubs did a good job getting it here. He also said there were no question marks about Bryant like a failed drug test.

    Law added that he thought Zastryzny could be an back of the rotation guy, but didn't seem real positive about that pick. Also said he really like the Skulina and Masek picks for where the Cubs got them. Talked about how teams need to be able to develop their own power arms for the bullpen rather than paying for them, so he liked the Cubs strategy of picking guys with big arms.

    No mention of the Hanneman pick.

  • Kiley McDaniel ‏@kileymcd 1m
    Maybe, CHC tied to cheaper N Eicholtz MT @davidrelliott Think Cubs will have funds to make a run at C. Jones, Serrano, Whitson or Sheffield?

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    In reply to North Side Irish:

    I could see that. Be a nice add at this point. It all depends on what Bryant will sign for -- wish Theo would just announce that :-)

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    Eicholtz tweeted "Nick Eicholtz ‏@eicholtz_nick 5h

    Just did one of the hardest things in my life that ill ever have to do. Turned down an opportunity to play professional baseball because... I feel like god has a plan for me up at alabama! So all I gotta say is rolltide!!! #bamabaseball"

  • Is Jonah Wesely signable? Or is he in that list with Connor Jones and Serrano.

  • In reply to Furiousjeff:

    Scouts say he should go to UCLA. I'm expecting him to do that.

  • what about Jake Brentz is he an extrem tough sign

  • In reply to nkniacc13:

    At this point, he will be. All the big names will be tough, if not impossible to sign.

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    Pirates improve 2014 draft position, 2-0 final.

    Tough luck loss for Travis wood -- 1 run in 6 innings.

  • High school? The run is over...

    Good athlete, plus speed...high school SS, drafted as a CF.

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    In reply to North Side Irish:

    Not a bad gamble at this point. Wonder if there was a deal in place for him to sign under slot.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I wouldnt mind for the cubs to take a stab at boldt if he is still there in the later rounds if they have any money left after bryant

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    With the exception of the last pick, Cubs have swung, maybe not 180 degrees, but more like 90 degrees this year. If 2012 was all about ceiling, 2013 is pretty much 50-50 ceiling and floor in their draftees.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    They realize how close they are to being competitive, and they're forgoing high schoolers, who may have higher ceilings, for college players who have high floors and will reach their ceilings sooner.

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    Re: the Zastryzny article, love this quote: “Some days it’s inconsistent, but it can be a plus pitch and I’m going to get it there,” Zastryzny said of his slider. “The slider has best potential." This guy is tough and determined.

    I'm convinced he wasn't a reach, but a slip. He's going to move up a lot of prospect lists after a year working with Derek Johnson. As well as give sports copy editors headaches when he moves into a rotation with Jeff Samardzija.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    The Cubs also have a separate list from the experts. Based on what was there at the time of their pick, Zastryzny might have very well been significantly above everyone else remaining on their draft board. I can't help but feel like Derek Johnson had a lot to do with this pick, and that's a very good thing.

  • The thing the cubs have done this year that's different that last is that they haven't just "punted" a top 10 rd for signability they have taken players that have slipped but could have been taken higher and may have saved $ in some of those allowing them to maybe go tough signings in rds 11 and 12?

  • Apparently, Charcer Burks was an outstanding football player for his high school.

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/557127/#highlights/39033377

  • Meanwhile, back in the Majors, Starlin Castro goes 0-3 and now is batting .250. The slump persists.

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    Godley is an interesting pick up, and as a senior, he'll sign cheap.

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    In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Depending on Bryant and Zastryzny, we could have about 3 mil left to play with.

  • Would like to see a signing tonight but that's likely to much to ask

  • John, are you going to do a write up on all the picks like you did last year?

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