Category: MLB Draft

MLB Draft Primer: Cubs potential pitcher targets

MLB Draft Primer: Cubs potential pitcher targets
Earlier this week I covered about a dozen high school and college hitters that could draw interest from the Cubs once they are on the clock with the 24th pick in next Monday’s MLB Draft. Today I move on to the pitchers. There are a few less included in this list as I think it... Read more »

MLB Draft Primer: Cubs potential position player targets

MLB Draft Primer: Cubs potential position player targets
First things, first. Let me clarify up front that I am not a MLB draft guy. While I would love to really dig into every prospect at the college and prep level I simply don’t have the time. John had taken a greater interest in this facet of scouting prior to his passing and expanded... Read more »

Day 3 and Draft Recap: Cubs cast big net to find pitchers but also get a couple of interesting position players as well

Day 3 and Draft Recap:  Cubs cast big net to find pitchers but also get a couple of interesting position players as well
The Cubs aren’t being very tricky about what they’re doing this draft. The system needs pitching and they’ve cast a wide net. Anyone you get from the 3rd round on is going to have his warts, but the Cubs are also being careful to get guys with the kind of athleticism, aptitude, and general mental... Read more »
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Rounds 7 -10 Thread: C Michael Cruz, RHPs Stephen Ridings, Duncan Robinson, Dakota Mekkes

Rounds 7 -10 Thread: C Michael Cruz, RHPs Stephen Ridings, Duncan Robinson, Dakota Mekkes
Round 7: The Cubs selected their first non-pitcher and it was catcher Michael Cruz, a junior out of Bethune-Cookman. This guy was not on my radar at all, that is not to say he isn’t good. He did put up good numbers. Gets on-base, doesn’t strikeout, hits LH and has good size for a catcher... Read more »

Cubs pick another hard-throwing RP, Chad Hockin, in the 6th Round

Cubs pick another hard-throwing RP, Chad Hockin, in the 6th Round
The 6th round was a bit of a test for me as far as what direction the Cubs would go. With limited money, would they just go BPA or would they punt those picks and hope to sign an overslot later, as they have done in the past. It looks like BPA for now as... Read more »

Cubs select hard-throwing Bailey Clark out of Duke with 5th pick

Cubs select hard-throwing Bailey Clark out of Duke with 5th pick
Bailey Clark has good size (6’4″, 220 bs) and arm strength and actually had some first round buzz circling about him before the season started. He stood out in the Cape Cod League when he hit the high 90s (sits mid 90s) with a solid, improving slider, but had a poor season where he had... Read more »
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Cubs Draft with Tyson Miller with 4th Round Pick

Cubs Draft with Tyson Miller with 4th Round Pick
After selecting a polished college pitcher in Thomas Hatch with their first pick, the Cubs, the Cubs went right back to the same formula with Tyson Miller, a RHP out of California Baptist.  Miller has good size at 6’5″, 200 lbs.  Miller has a simple delivery, with athleticsim, loose arm, and relatively short arm action.... Read more »

A Cubs-Centric 2016 MLB Draft Preview

A Cubs-Centric 2016 MLB Draft Preview
This isn’t as exciting a year as far as the draft goes.  The Cubs don’t have extra picks.  They don’t even have a pick until late in the 3rd round. What muddles this even more is that it is not that strong or deep a draft as we’ve seen in past years to begin with.... Read more »

Looking back at how Cubs built their pitching inventory: The Top 11 moves and the areas that still need work

Looking back at how Cubs built their pitching inventory: The Top 11 moves and the areas that still need work
When Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod took over the organization, the pitching cupboard was almost bare.  There were no front line pitching candidates on the horizon — there really weren’t any good bets even lower in the system.  There were a few good arms: Trey McNutt, Dillon Maples, Dallas Beeler, and Ben Wells... Read more »
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2014 MLB Draft: UA Game Roster and Preview - Plus more Tickets and Meet-Up Information

2014 MLB Draft: UA Game Roster and Preview - Plus more Tickets and Meet-Up Information
Too soon? As many of you know, the Under Armour All-Star Game, presented by The Baseball Factory is coming to Wrigley Field on August 24th at 1:30 p.m.  It was a great time last year as I learned a lot about the game from some of the most knowledgeable, experienced from the baseball industry and... Read more »