Cubs select CF Donnie Dewees in the 2nd round

The Cubs selected another very good college hitter in North Florida CF Donnie Dewees in the 2nd round. Some have compared him to Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner.

He may have gone higher if it were not for a broken wrist. Keith Law had him as the 20th pick in his first mock draft, who mentioned that some scouts thought he was the best college bat in the draft. He has a sweet swing and the ability to go the opposite way.

Dewees isn't a power hitter but he is a plus hitter, on par with some of the hitters taken earlier in the draft. He also has plus speed and good range in CF. He projects as a leadoff type.

If you like statistics, you'll like Dewees, although the caveat here is that he has not faced top competition. Dewees hit .422/.483/.749 with just 16 Ks vs. 18 HRs and 30 BBs. He also stole 23 bases in 26 attempts.

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  • He could leadoff. We could use that. Great value.

  • Are there signability questions about Matuella or is he falling so much bc of injury.

  • In reply to Bamacub:

    Never through more than 60 innings in a season. Multpile injuries. Will need to be a reliever. These type of guys fall.

  • In reply to TD40:

    *threw I have had some wine

  • In reply to TD40:

    The same can be said about a lot of other guys that got picked ahead of him. He has enough talent to get picked in the comp or lottery picks. The only reason he wouldn't have been drafted yet is if teams thought they couldn't sign him or the medical questions about his spine scared teams off.

  • In reply to Bamacub:

    Didn't he have a back injury as well as the TJS? That is not a good combo. I can understand teams being wary and/or him wanting to go back to school another year to prove his health.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    He has been diagnosed with spondylosis, but I think they've known about that for some time. The injuries are a giant question mark. I know some teams are scared away but if he can get healthy he's a beast. I didn't necessarily want the Cubs to grab him in the second, but figured another team that could afford to take a chance would have taken a flier on him

  • In reply to Bamacub:

    Both. He could go back and raise his stock as a college senior at Duke.

  • In reply to rickmonday:

    I'd like them to go maybe try the Cease approach with him. Hopefully they can save some money on the first 2 rounds & grab a TOR arm with some risk in the later rounds

  • In reply to rickmonday:

    Not sure Duke has the coaching and resources to fully rehabilitate Matuella. He would be much better off in an MLB organization.

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    In reply to AZBobbop:

    Exactly. He would be kinda foolish to go back to Duke and pray he comes back strong and is a first rounder next year.

    I don't know what kind of money the Cubs could offer him as a 3rd round pick, but if it's anywhere near a million, if I was him, I would take it.

    Rehab w a first rate organization w tons of eyes making sure he's the best he can be in 1.5-2 years from now as a top MLB 20 prospect. You know they would be patient w him as the ceiling is potential ACE, and I bet w a little luck in the health department, he would Prob pitching in the majors before most of our pitching draftees from last year.

  • I like the 2nd round pick (value, upside) a lot better than the 1st round pick.

  • In reply to AZBobbop:

    I agree.

  • I read that the A's were interested. I believe that's where the Gardner comp came from. Would be nice to find someone we can stick at the top for 150+ games.

  • Dewees ranks - BA: 66, KLaw: 73, Kiley: 35.

    Lots of differing opinions, but bat is special. Arm is weak.

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    This team has a lot of Billy McKinneys now.

    Not such a bad thing.

  • well at least people know Theo is drafting by his book and his book is pretty darn good and proven. 2 guys with high probablility of being MLB contributers and definetely better than a Hayden Simpson type pick , those days are gone. PS Rockies and Astros are having franchise altering nights ,

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    In reply to Bryan Craven:

    Especially the Astros. But having the 2 of the first 5 picks never hurts.

  • In reply to Bryan Craven:

    You'd think the Astros have used up a lot of their pool on the first 3 picks, but they may go all out & take the penalties since they plan on competing this year. It might be a nice plan bc they'd end up with low picks anyway & they have money to spend. Not really a big deal if they lose some picks in the next couple years at the end of the first & second if you can get 3 of the top guys & a couple more first rounders in a single draft

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    In reply to Bamacub:

    I think they probably saved money of the first two picks, especially Bregman at #2.

    The first 3-5 picks are worth so much more than the rest that teams have a lot of leverage picking in those spots.

    Brendan Rodgers was almost unanimously higher rated than Bregman, so that leads me to think Bregman probably agreed to under slot, and Tucker being a good candidate too.

    With a massive pool, there's probably still room for them to do more overslot deals.

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    In reply to Bamacub:

    It's really amazing how much talent the astros have at MLB level, AA, and 3 more really nice players today.

    Imagine if Appel, Singleton, and one more highly touted guy ( can't remember his name ) ever get it together.

    If this kid they bring up Wednesday velasquez ( I believe) is any good, they could win this division without Acquiring an TOR arm via trade. Scary thing is a lot of their hitters aren't even hitting to their potential yet, and they are striking out a ton which may end up killing them in the playoffs.

    I still can't believe their FO turned this team over this quickly. I really thought the Cubs would make the playoffs before the twins and astros. ( we still can though as twins doing it w smoke and mirrors which is okay as they really haven't graduated any of their super prospects yet )

    How good would pat neshek look in a cubbie uniform dominating his old Cardinal buddies. His numbers are insane. I still don't think he's walked a batter and w his delivery, that's AMAZING.

    Cubs vs astros WS 2016-2021

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Haven't the Astros been at this about two years longer than the Cubs and didn't they tank worse and longer? I think the ML Cubs are about a year ahead of schedule and the Astros, if anything, were behind schedule.

  • Can't go wrong with developing lead off types to put in front of our power hitters.

  • Chris Crawford at BP:

    "I'm a big fan of this Cubs class. Dewees can really hit, with some dropping a 65 hit tool on him. I think it's closer to 60, and it wouldn't shock me if he was a leadoff hitter who can play center field someday. That's pretty good in the second round."

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=26595

  • Wow, that throwing motion is awful, kind of like Juan Pierre.

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    In reply to mjvz:

    Pierre is exactly who I was thinking of. Fast, CF, LHB, weak arm, good contact skills. Though I think Dewees has more power. Then again my 11 year old cat may have more power potential than Pierre.

  • John, I dont think the wrist is an issue. He went on afterwards and raked in the Cape. Plus the wrist injury was last season so he's obviously healed. Yes, they can pick on his numbers being from an inferior conference, but he still raked against the Cape so he can hit.

    His 2014 Cape Cod League stats are: .340/.430/.473 in 150 AB's.

  • I am hoping for a Heavy TOR Pitching- based IFA period. You can't win divisions and titles with 4s and 5s. I wouldn't rely on buying talent. At a certain point teams will try to lock up talent before it comes to the market. And those that do go to FA might have blemishes.

  • In reply to Gator:

    I agree 100%. Buying FA & then just saying you can trade for a TOR arm later isn't really a strategy. Teams aren't going to trade Kershaw or Bumgardner type guys unless it's for numerous top prospects. A lot of people on here think we will get TOR arms by trading the guys we don't want. If we want a stud pitcher than it will cost us Bryant & Russell type prospects, not Vogelbach & McKinney guys

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    In reply to Bamacub:

    Well what if we include E-Jax and Wood, those are the other names usually included when we discuss trades.

    I agree with you many of those proposals are laughably inadequate.

  • In reply to Bamacub:

    Of the top 30 MLB starters in ERA right now, half of them are not with the team that drafted them.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    Teams aren't trading young TOR arms. The older a guys left in FA which will hamstring the team financially if the get multiple 25 million/yr contracts to aging guys. Teams will trade a rental but that costs prospects also. You can trade a low a guy that has a good ceiling but it's costly to grab a top arm.

  • In reply to Gator:

    All MLB FA starters do have a blemish: age

    The Cubs will eventually have to make a trade for some pitching. Although the offense is holding them back more at this point than the starting rotation, but that figures to change, maybe as early as next year.

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    In reply to Gator:

    Yea, thats why it's really going to sting if their ever was an offer of Noah Syndergaard and Jacob DeGrom for Castro, Baez, or Russell during the past off season.

    I love Russell as much as the next guy, but I really don't think he's going to become a Tulu/Hanley type player.

    Yes, Josh beckett was better and more accomplished ( then Degrom) when he was traded w Mike Lowell for Hanley, Anibal Sanchez, and + some other parts.

    Now the question is, who was the more highly ranked prospect, Hanley or Addison.

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    I like this pick. The Cubs need these types of players, not only toolset but great eyes (I think he only struck out 9 times this year). Another high OBP player, like Happ, and we are seeing how it wears down pitchers. Good draft so far.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    The two guys do seem to fit the FO profile and loading up on bats is something that I have always been in favor of.

    I think you were one of the guys hoping for a speedy CF type, and Dewees sounds like he might have a good bat/approach on top of it. Too bad his arm sounds like it might be an issue.

    I'm never going to complain about getting guys with a good hit tool. And when they are also lefthanded I am really happy.

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    In reply to mjvz:

    I was that guy.

  • Does anyone know if Donny Everett won't sign? Why is he not being drafted! The Cubs should take him in the 3rd

  • Or Dakota chalmers?

  • What pitching can we get at this point.

    Is Skye Bolt a fit in OF?

  • This is why I like this blog above others. Lots of smart comments and good discussions by writers and readers. Oh and it wouldn't be a thread without a Skye Bolt reference.

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    Man. The Rockies really look good tonight. Brendan Rodgers and Nikorak is a helluva 1st round.

    Maybe this would be a good season to move Tulo and Cargo

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    In reply to Giffmo:

    They have a couple of nice pieces now, but they need to get more pitching ESP w their high flameout rate. Even though the Rockies have been playing much better the last 3 weeks or so, but they def need to dump TULO and Cargo ( esp now since they both heating up)

    I don't know why the mets don't go get Tulo and Cargo. Perhaps they don't want to take on all that money along w giving up a couple big prospects. Although if any team can afford it ( cash and pitching prospects ) it is them.

    They add those two w a healthy David wright ( God willing this year), Duda, Granderson, travis D'arnaud and old man rockie favorite Cuddyer and you have a real MLB lineup. Actually a great mix of RH and LH power and they are almost all veterans w playoff experience to complement that very young and dominant pitching staff.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    The Mets owners apparently do have some cash flow issues. Those contracts might be troublesome for them.

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    I think part of the reason is they have kind of missed on pitching. They just feel more combfortable finding bats that translate.

  • In reply to in theo we trust:

    They haven't drafted a pitcher in the first round, so I don't know how you can say they have missed on pitching. The chances of finding a big league pitcher with any individual pick outside the first round is not very high, and there has not been much time for any of the guys they have drafted to develop much. And for what it is worth Underwood does appear to be progressing and as John mentioned in the article the class last year looks really good so far. The class two years ago looks a little lacking, but you can't hit on all of them.

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    If he's brett Gardner ( Prob w less HR power ) and hopefully less Ks.

    This is a phenomenal pick

  • I think this pick signals the end of the Cubs' frantic "loading up on pitching after the first round" strategy. I don't think anyone loved the Zastryzny and Stinnett picks, and both were gambles that don't seem likely to pay off.

    I like the top-of-the-order types, and I like that both guys also have decent power.

  • In reply to HackWilson09:

    I disagree. I think they just saw an opportunity to grab a high floor college bat that they were maybe surprised was still available in round 2. I fully expect a run of pitching today.

  • Nice pick here.

    Excited by the hit tool, but the arm looks a little scary! I've seen 40 yr. old softball players throw better than that from CF!

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    I know teams don't draft for immediate need, but looks like some potential replacements if we move guys such as Almora, McKinney etc to get a pitcher.

  • In reply to Steven Sweeney:

    I agree they didn't specifically pick those guys for that reason. They go BPA, but it is hard to deny they have built depth and that gives them more options now.

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