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Posts tagged "MLB Draft"

Cubs plan to attack power pitching with volume now...and spend later?

Cubs plan to attack power pitching with volume now...and spend later?
As we go into these meetings scouring for rumors about who is going to be traded, we should also think about what the Cubs should be getting in return. Not long ago, that wasn’t a difficult to question to answer.  The Cubs needed just one thing: Impact talent.  It didn’t matter what position or what... Read more »

Cubs MLB Draft Primer: Names you should know for the first day

Cubs MLB Draft Primer:  Names you should know for the first day
Happy Draft Day! I figured this is a good way to start the day.  I’ve already done a first round mock recently and I’ll be doing instant analysis on each pick, I’m figuring another mock might be information overload.  I’ll link some mocks as they come in.  A significant change at the top in that... Read more »

Appel an appealing option for the Cubs, but will the Astros take him first?

Appel an appealing option for the Cubs, but will the Astros take him first?
We’ve taken two polls now and the overwhelming choice for the Cubs #1 pick has been Mark Appel. So while it seems most Cubs fans want the big RHP out of Stanford, the bigger question may be whether he’ll actually be available.  The Astros pick before the Cubs and have shown interest him in the past. ... Read more »
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Q & A with Jim Callis on Cubs prospects

Q & A with Jim Callis on Cubs prospects
If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know I’ve made it no secret that Jim Callis is one of my favorite baseball writers and I consider him one of the top authorities on prospects.  I’ve been reading Baseball America for as long as I can remember and it’s a big reason as to why I’ve come... Read more »

With draft over, Cubs will focus on Soler, trade activity

With draft over, Cubs will focus on Soler, trade activity
The Cubs rebuild is really about to get started now.  Yes, the Cubs did trade Marshall and Zambrano last offseason, but I’m looking at this draft as the official start of the Cubs full-fledged rebuilding efforts. The team let Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena go, not just to save on salary, but to get the... Read more »

Cubs draft LHP Anthony Prieto in 5th round

This will be the last of my individual profiles.  I’ll group the other ones from here unless the Cubs make an especially intriguing pick.  This one might actually qualify… Anthony Prieto LHP 5’11″ 175 lbs. Americas, HS (TX) Prieto is small, as you can see from his profile, but he generates easy low 90s heat... Read more »
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Cubs take another good gamble/upside play in RHP Josh Conway in 4th round

There’s no question what the Cubs theme is here…upside, upside, upside. Specifically with arms. The Cubs have passed on a lot more polished arms or sure things to go for guys with high ceilings. The system lacks impact arms and it seems the Cubs would rather hit the jackpot with one or two than get... Read more »

Cubs go for raw high school RHP in Ryan McNeil in 3rd round

The Cubs are really stocking up on arms since taking Almora.  With their 3rd round pick, the Cubs selected.. Ryan McNeill RHP 6’3″ 210 lbs. Nipomo HS, California O’Neill is an athletic big-framed pitcher with good velocity (90-93 mph), but needs a lot of work in terms of mechanics and his breaking stuff.  He definitely... Read more »

Cubs go for high upside in Duane Underwood in 2nd round

Cubs go for high upside in Duane Underwood in 2nd round
With their 2nd round pick the Cubs select.. Duane Underwood RHP 6′ 2″ 185 lbs. Pope High School, Marietta, Ga Now this is the kind of pick many of us were hoping for.  Heck, I didn’t even have to find a new picture from my preview piece this morning.  The Cubs rolled the dice on... Read more »
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Talking MLB Draft and prospects with Brian Bedo on miCubs

Thank goodness I have someone to moderate me when I talk baseball, especially prospects and the draft.  If I did my own podcasts, they’d probably go on for hours. Here’s the link to miCubs and my podcast.