Category: MLB Draft

Cubs Draft Recap: Day 3

Cubs Draft Recap: Day 3
Days 1 & 2: Day 3: Last year the Cubs took several players throughout the draft who had suffered injuries which cut their draft season short. These included their three top prep draftees: Brennen Davis, Cole Roederer and Kohl Franklin. This year it wasn’t so much draft year injuries that became a theme, but rather... Read more »

Cubs Draft Recap: Day 2

Cubs Draft Recap: Day 2
Last year at this time the Cubs attacked an organizational weakness en masse. Their lack of athletic outfielders in the pipeline led them to devote four of their top five IFA bonuses for position players on outfielders, and the fifth went to a shortstop who could potentially land in centerfield down the road. The Cubs continued that focus... Read more »

Cubs select UCLA infielder Chase Strumpf in 2nd round of 2019 MLB Draft

Cubs select UCLA infielder Chase Strumpf in 2nd round of 2019 MLB Draft
With the 64th  pick in the 2019 MLB Draft the Cubs selected UCLA second baseman Chase Strumpf (BA: 41, MLB: 42). There isn’t a ton of video on Strumpf, but the scouts agree his hit tool and plate discipline should play, even if he struggled for stretches with the Bruins this season. From the little... Read more »
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Cubs select Fresno State RHP Ryan Jensen in 1st round of 2019 MLB Draft

Cubs select Fresno State RHP Ryan Jensen in 1st round of 2019 MLB Draft
For the second year in a row my draft preparation goes for naught as the Cubs select a player ranked outside the scope of the players I investigated. The team chose Fresno State RHP Ryan Jensen (MLB: 99, BA: 109) with the 27th pick in the 1st round. Jensen’s size, 6’0″ 180, wouldn’t suggest he... Read more »

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs pitcher targets

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs pitcher targets
College RHP Seth Johnson – 6.1 195 (BA: 29, FG: 44, MLB: 29) RHP Matt Canterino – 6.3 205 (BA: 35, FG: 48, MLB: 45) LHP Tommy Henry – 6.3 190 (BA: 47, FG: 75, MLB: 60) Seth Johnson entered college as a shortstop but ended up converting to the mound full-time this season. As you would expect he is... Read more »

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs prep hitter targets

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs prep hitter targets
High Upside: CI Tyler Callihan – 6.1 200, L/R (BA: 37, FG: 30, MLB: 32) SS/3B Gunnar Henderson – 6.3 194, L/R (BA: 31, FG: 36, MLB: 33) 3B Keoni Cavaco – 6.1 185, R/R (BA: 32, FG: 23, MLB: 37) An impressive left-handed bat, but with questionable odds to remain at third base, belongs to Tyler Callihan. His... Read more »
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MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs collegiate hitter targets

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs collegiate hitter targets
Safe hit tool: IF/OF Michael Busch – 6.0 207, L/R (BA: 25, FG: 20, MLB: 28) SS Braden Shewmake – 6.4 190, L/R (BA: 27, FG: 38, MLB: 25) MI Will Wilson – 6.0 175, R/R (BA: 23, FG: 21, MLB: 23) 1B Logan Wyatt – 6.4 230, L/L (BA: 28, FG: NR, MLB: 49) 2B Chase Strumpf... Read more »

MLB Draft Day 3: Thread

MLB Draft Day 3: Thread
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... Read more »

MLB Draft Day 2: Cubs select Duke OF Jimmy Herron with first pick of the day

MLB Draft Day 2: Cubs select Duke OF Jimmy Herron with first pick of the day
Day two of the 2018 MLB Draft kicks off at 11:30 CST. The Cubs held four selections on Day one. Their first choice was Stanford shortstop Nico Hoerner, a proven performer at a major college program and for the past two summers in the wood bat Cape Cod League. They then went for high upside... Read more »
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MLB Draft: Cubs select Stanford shortstop Nico Hoerner in the 1st Rd. (24th pick)

MLB Draft: Cubs select Stanford shortstop Nico Hoerner in the 1st Rd. (24th pick)
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... Read more »