Day 3 of the draft is about to kick off. I will not be providing bios and videos on all of the draft picks today as they happen like I did on Day 1 or 2 but will try to highlight any particularly interesting picks and provide some capsules and comments throughout the day. I will then provide a more in depth summary tonight.
11th ROUND (338): RHP Riley Thompson
Louisville | R/R | 6'3" 206 | DOB: 7/9/96
12th ROUND (368): RHP Cam Sanders
LSU | R/R | 6'2" 170 | 12/2/96
13th ROUND (398): OF Ezequiel Pagan
Pro Baseball HS Academy, Cayey, P.R. | L/R | 6'1" 163 | 7/8/00
14th ROUND (428): RHP Riley McCauley
Michigan St. | R/R | 6'1" 205 | 12/5/96
15th ROUND (458): 1B Tyler Durna
UC San Diego | L/L | 6'0" 205 | 11/13/96
Comments on 11-15: Riley Thompson (BA: 219) and Cam Sanders (BA; 475) can both reach mid-to-upper-90s with their fastballs while also flashing plus breaking stuff. Results and control have been inconsistent but there is plenty of stuff to work with on both, even if each winds up in the pen eventually. Sanders is the son of former Cubs swing man Scott Sanders and All-American softball player Linda Sanders. Thompson in particular is a bit of an enigma as his raw stuff grades out as well as many 1st rounders according to BA but has never put it together on the field. He did miss the 2016 season due to TJS so it might be a matter of getting further along in recovery could help him unlock his full potential.
Riley Thompson, Filthy Slider. pic.twitter.com/Snn3AKU61c
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 11, 2018
I don't have much information on Ezequiel Pagan but the Cubs have had some recent success drafting out of Puerto Rico. They nabbed Nelson Velazquez in the 5th round last season and he is already in full season ball. Near this same point last year they also picked SS Luis Vazquez (14th) who has been been one of the top performers for the Cubs during extended spring training and figures to open the season as the starter in Eugene with the potential to see South Bend by year's end. Hopefully Pagan can make a similar impact. According to AZ Phil Pagan has solid tools for CF but has struggled with the bat when facing top competition in showcase games.
Riley McCauley is strike thrower with a similar profile to many pitchers the Cubs have targeted the past few years. He is a draft-eligible sophomore so he will have some leverage in negotiations.
Tyler Durna is a smooth fielding first baseman with a high contact approach a the plate. He only struck out 25 times this season (versus 45 BB). A bit undersized in comparison to most at the position, but he does possess some pull power. Scouting report on Baseball Census.
16th ROUND (488): LHP Josh Sawyer
U Texas Austin | R/L | 6' 3" 180 | 10/24/94
17th ROUND (518): RHP Jake Reindl
U Arkansas Fayetteville | R/R | 6' 1" 190 | 01/15/97
18th ROUND (548): 3B Jake Slaughter
LSU | R/R | 6' 3" 200 | 10/24/96
19th ROUND (578): RHP Layne Looney
Richmond | R/R | 5' 10" 200 | 07/26/96
20th ROUND (608): LHP Chris Allen
Marin CC | L/L | 6' 4" 180 | 06/13/98
Comments on 16-20: Hey, the Cubs finally selected a couple of left handed pitchers!
Josh Sawyer missed most of the previous two seasons from hip and biceps injuries before returning to the mound in 2018.
Jake Slaughter is another sophomore so the Cubs will need to meet his price tag or he will be able to re-enter the draft next season. They did draft him out of high school two years ago (36th round), so they probably have a good feel for the player and whether they can get him under contract. There is some untapped power in Slaughter's bat. He recorded some of the highest exit velocities on the LSU squad this year, but has yet to translate it into consistent production at college level. He finished with a batting average in the .250s in each of his two years with the Tigers but closed out 2018 on a hot streak.
Indications are that JUCO sophmore Chris Allen will sign rather than transfer to University of Hawaii. He dominated California JUCO ranks to the tune of a 13-0 record and 1.34 ERA, allowing 67 hits and no homers in 100.2 IP, while compiling a 102/23 K/BB ratio
21st ROUND (638): RHP Carlos Vega
Southeast Missouri St | R/R | 6' 2" 220 | 12/28/95
22nd ROUND (668): OF Jaime Galazin
St. Johns | R/R | 6' 4" 200 | 05/20/96
23rd ROUND (698): C Hunter Taylor
South Carolina | R/R | 5' 11" 226 | 06/08/96
24th ROUND (728): RHP Blake Whitney
University of South Carolina - Upstate | R/R | 6' 3" 185 | 05/25/96
25th ROUND (758): CF Dalton Hurd
Seattle U | R/R | 5' 9" 180 | 12/17/95
Comments on 21-25:
From this point on the club will likely shift focus to filling organizational needs to fill out their Minor League rosters. Cubs already have a ton of catchers and shortstops in the system, including rookie ball, but that is generally a couple of popular positions for teams to start grabbing filler. Cubs will likely keep grabbing some left handed pitchers.
You're also might see some flyers taken on JUCO and CC players that might be late bloomers. A little later you will see some prep players they know are very unlikely to sign but drafting them gives the team the ability to start a dialogue with the player before they head off to campus. Sometimes it leads to the player being redrafted by the team down the road. We saw it with Delvin Zinn a couple of years ago and now again with Jake Slaughter.
26th ROUND (788): OF Julian Boyd
St. John Bosco HS (CA) | L/L | 5' 10" 143 | 09/21/99
Comment: Two-sport star, missed most of 2018 season after he tore his ACL playing football
27th ROUND (818): RHP Niels Stone
Indian River State College | L/R | 6' 1" 190| 02/10/99
Comment: Freshman JUCO with a huge arm but control problems
28th ROUND (848): LHP Mitchell Parker
Manzano HS (NM) | L/L | 6' 3" 195 | 09/27/99
Comment: Isn't unusual for the Cubs to throw $100K or so at a prep or sophomore eligible player taken late in the draft and convince him to sign. Seems like a good bet Mitchell Parker is the most likely option this season.
Nathan Sweeney in 2016, Jordan Minch in 2014, Tyler Alamo in 2013
The Cubs, Mets, and Red Sox invited Mitchell Parker to attend pre-draft workouts in Boston, Chicago, and at New York's spring training facility in Florida. Parker elected to attend just the workout at Wrigley Field. He said, "I definitely want to go play pro ball." 1/2
— Savermetrics (@Savermetrics) June 4, 2018
#Cubs plucked him in the 28th Rd. 281st rated prospect according to BA. He is 86-92 with his fastball but room to add size and strength in his frame. Also throws a slow curve and change. He is a project but has upside and is 2nd highest rated prep in NM. https://t.co/rd8l0o1UsD
— Michael Ernst (@mj_ernst) June 6, 2018
29th ROUND (878): SS Levi Jordan
Washington | R/R | 5' 8" 170 | 09/24/95
30th ROUND (908): OF Drew Wharton
Clemson | R/R | 6' 3" 190 | 11/28/95
31st ROUND (938): 2B Daniel Clayton
Jacksonville State (AL) | R/R | 5' 7" 170 | 05/10/95
32nd ROUND (968): LHP Jack Patterson
Bryant University | L/L | 6' 0" 210 | 08/03/95
33rd ROUND (998): RHP Tyler Ras
Middletown North HS (NJ) | S/R | 6' 4" 200 | 11/09/99
BA: 188, MLB: 197
Comment: A two-way New jersey prep star, it is his work on the mound that has scouts excited as his low-to-mid-90s FB and changeup are intriguing. But don't get too excited, Tyler Ras is expected to attend the university of Alabama in the fall.
34th ROUND (1028): SS Miguel Pabon
Leadership Christian Academy | R/R | 6' 0" 165 | 08/30/00
35th ROUND (1058): OF Edmond Americaan
Chipola College (FL) | L/L | 6' 1" 170 | 03/26/97
36th ROUND (1088): C Campbell, Jacob
Craig HS (WI) | R/R | 6' 0" 200 | 05/21/00
37th ROUND (1118): SS Henry Vilar
Westminster Christian School (FL) | L/R | 5' 11" 170 | 04/01/99
38th ROUND (1148): OF Chase Hanson
Edison HS (CA) | R/R | 6' 3" 170 | 10/12/99
39th ROUND (1178): C Pierson Gibis
Wauconda HS (IL) | R/R | 6' 0 175 | 08/21/99
— Nathan Rode (@NathanRode) June 6, 2018
40th ROUND (1208): INF Itamar Steiner
Niles North HS (IL) | L/L | 5' 10 160 | 05/09/00
In the 40th round, the Cubs selected the son of a filmmaker and activist who was killed in a car crash in Uganda in 2016. https://t.co/AeucRr7NNB
— Josh Timmers (@Cubsminorswrap) June 6, 2018
The #Cubs today completed the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Overall, the Cubs selected 18 pitchers (14 RHP, four LHP), three catchers, 11 OF and 10 INF. pic.twitter.com/GYglGDsZWv
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 6, 2018