First Round (24): SS Nico Hoerner
College: Stanford / B-T: R-R / HT-WT 6'0"-200 / DOB: 05/13/1997
Baseball America: 42, MLB.com: 52, 2080 Baseball: 43
SLOT VALUE: $2,724,000
Scouting grades according to MLB.com: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50
It should be no surprise the Cubs went with a proven college bat, but it may be a surprise which one they actually chose. Nico Hoerner is a versatile infielder who has played shortstop for Stanford the past two years after playing second base as a freshman. His arm is considered strong enough for third base if needed and Hoerner has plenty of athleticism to play the outfield if necessary. The Cubs place an enormous amount of emphasis on a prospect being able to play a premium defensive position so they must feel comfortable with Hoerner's chances of sticking at SS.
At the plate, Hoerner meets the criteria the Cubs target. His hit tool is his best attribute. Capable of driving the ball to all fields, Hoerner boasts an impressive K:BB ratio in his career. He has shown an increasing ability to barrel up the ball and some power is beginning to emerge as well. He didn't hit many home runs with Stanford this season, but did hit 6 last summer in the Cape Cod League in just 40 games. There are those that believe Hoerner can still fill out a bit more and there may be even more power to come. He has hit over .300 in each of the last two years on the Cape, which is a proving ground the Cubs put a ton of stock in.
According to Jason McLeod: "Nico is a talented middle infielder who handles the bat extremely well, hits to all fields and has a high contact rate. He hits the ball hard, and we think there is more power to come He has multiple tools on the field, and all the background work we did shows he has incredible make-up. He fits exactly what we’re looking for in the organization."
Second Round (62): OF Brennen Davis
School: Basha HS, Chandler, AZ / B-T: R-R / HT-WT 6'4"-175 / DOB: 11/2/1999
Baseball America: 136, MLB.com: 145, 2080 Baseball: NR
Scouting grades according to MLB.com: Hit: 45 | Power: 45 | Run: 70 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
A former two-sport star on the basketball court and the baseball diamond, Brennen Davis gave up the hardwood to focus exclusively on baseball and the decision appears to have paid off. He was committed to play ball at Miami but it appears the Cubs have offered him enough money to get him to give up school. He is built like a basketball player, tall and lean, and covers a lot of ground with his long legs. He is definitely one of those toolsy boom-or-bust OF prospects. There is a lot of work to do on his swing, so don't be shocked if you don't see him outside rookie ball for a couple of years.
— Nathan Rode (@NathanRode) June 5, 2018
Brennen Davis supposedly asking for $1.2-1.5 million. Was too rich for a lot of teams but looks like Cubs are on him. 6 run when healthy, 6 raw power, some scouts say 40 hit, others say 20 hit.
— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) June 5, 2018
SLOT VALUE: $1,060,900
Second Round Compensation (77): OF Cole Roederer
School: Hart HS, Santa Clarita, CA / B-T: L-L / HT-WT 6'0"-175 / DOB: 09/24/99
Baseball America: 161, MLB.com: NR, 2080 Baseball: NR
Another pick, another raw but toolsy prep outfielder. An injury to his non-throwing shoulder halted the ascent of Cole Roederer up draft boards this season but the Cubs saw enough. He isn't very big but there are good reports on his bat speed as Roederer began hitting for in-game power this year. Reminds some scouts of Andrew Benintendi coming out of high school.
SLOT VALUE: $775,100
NOTE: Pick awarded to Cubs as compensation for losing Wade Davis
Second Round Compensation (78): RHP Paul Richan
School: University of San Diego / B-T: R-R / HT-WT 6'2"-200 / DOB: 03/26/97
Baseball America: 164, MLB.com: 175, 2080 Baseball: NR
Scouting grades according to MLB.com: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45
A polished college arm with a four-pitch mix highlighted by a 91-94 mph fastball and good slider, Paul Richan did not finish the collegiate season as well as he began it but obviously garnered enough interest from the Cubs for his work earlier in the year and in his career. Richan walks very few hitters. He attended the same high school as the Cubs previous pick Cole Roederer, which also happens to be the same school which Mike Montgomery attended.
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $762,900
NOTE: Pick awarded to Cubs as compensation for losing Jake Arrieta