Okay, I really like this pick. Dylan Cease is a (likely) TJ casualty but had the potential to be a first round pick in the draft going into last season -- I even heard some top 10 projections early on.
I wrote this about him last August,
Dylan Cease isn't the biggest kid out there at 6'2", 180 but he showed a nice, easy delivery with tremendous arm speed that made it look like the ball was just exploding out of his hand. He also hit 97 on the stadium gun but did not have a feel for his secondary stuff yesterday.
Here is MLB.com's take,
Cease is one of the hardest throwing high school pitchers in the 2014 Draft class, but he was dealt a significant setback this spring. He suffered an elbow injury that has kept him off the mound since March, leaving his future uncertain. When healthy, Cease throws his fastball from 91-95 mph, topping out at 97 mph. He doesn't have a physical frame, instead generating his velocity with athleticism and arm speed. There is some effort to his delivery, and the rest of his game may remain inconsistent until he refines it. His mid-70s curveball will range from a below-average to an above-average pitch, and his changeup shows flashes of becoming an effective offering, but he'll need to throw it more often. Cease, who plays with his twin brother at Milton High, is committed to Vanderbilt.
Keith Law had this to say,
Cease looked like he was possibly the top arm of the 2014 class heading into the summer, but a few arms have usurped him after a lackluster performance in the showcases.
Few -- if any -- arms are quicker than Cease's in this year's class; and he's been clocked up to 97 with his fastball, sitting in the 92-94 range. His curveball will flash plus with good depth and spin, but will come up flat at times as well. Cease also throws an average change with little to no movement and average arm action, though like the curveball it's inconsistent and he doesn't have great feel for the pitch yet.
Where Cease really struggled this summer is with his command, leaving pitches up and out of the zone and struggling to repeat his delivery. His arm action doesn't have any red flags and he repeats his delivery well, but he will finish off-balance at times and the arm has a tendency to drag behind the rest of the delivery.
Cease gained national recognition as a junior at the National High School Invitational in 2013, when he ran his fastball up to 96 mph. Cease and his twin brother, Alec, led Milton to a state title as juniors. Cease had an uneven summer on the showcase circuit, touching 97 mph but struggling to consistently throw strikes or show a plus breaking ball. Cease came out strong this spring, sitting 92-95 mph and touching 98 with the ball jumping out of his hand from a very quick arm. His curveball showed better in the spring than it had on the showcase circuit. The pitch flashes above-average, but he needs to become more consistent at repeating his best breaking balls. His third offering is a changeup that shows average potential. Cease has some effort to his delivery and he tends to rush, leaving his arm dragging. A Vanderbilt signee, Cease’s injury makes him something of a wild card on draft day.
Quick take from former MLB scout Don Olsen
Cease has an electric arm and hammer. His game and demeanor mimic a slightly smaller and slender Mark Wohlers.
Obviously there is the recovery from TJ surgery (assuming he has it) and then some work to do, but you cannot teach the kind of arm speed that Cease has. It is thought the Cubs must have an agreement to sign him if they picked him in the first 10 rounds, since they wouldn't risk losing that pool money.
I am beginning to love this strategy and this draft!
High floor with good ceilings early in Kyle Schwarber (middle of the order hitter), Jake Stinnett (potential #3 starter, but bullpen guy at worst), a possible starting catcher down the road in Mark Zagunis, then they went upside with Carson Sands and Dylan Cease with some good value/good arms in LHP Justin Steele and college RHP James Norwood.