Gunther's Barely Informed Day 3 Recap (Picks 31-40)

Gunther's Barely Informed Day 3 Recap (Picks 31-40)

World Series Dreaming has spent over a week looking back at the front office's self proclaimed Super Bowl. Here is all the thoughts that we have put into blog form so far:
Rice Cube's Day 1 Quickie Recap
My first impressions on the Kyle Schwarber/Justin Stinnett picks
My look back on Day 2
Rice's recap of the entire draft
My look back at Day 3 picks 11-20
My look back at Day 3 picks 21-30
Jackson's rating of Cubs prospects post-draft

My rough estimates of the Cubs bonus pool has them sitting with 1.2 million left for day 3. The situation is something I mentioned to Cubs Den author John Arguello on twitter a few days ago.

Now these estimates rest on Cease and Sands taking around a million dollars each to sign. It is possible that their bonuses will be significantly higher and therefore eat into those day 3 overslots. There are some interesting candidates for overslots in the last bunch of day 3 picks, but none with the wow factor of Cantu and Gilliam.

31 919 Brad Depperman RHP HS

° Chandler Baseball righthander Brad Deppermann (East Lake High, Palm Harbor, Fla.) had a dominant outing on Saturday against the Perfect Game White squad, tossing not allowing a hit or walk in three and one-thirds scoreless innings, striking out five of the 10 hitter he faced. Deppermann maintained 90-92 mph velocity throughout this outing and touched 93 with occasion armside run. Deppermann showed little effort in his delivery to reach that velocity and the ball came out of his hand easy from a three-quarters slot, allowing him to throw over 70 percent of his pitches for strikes. His primary offspeed offering was an 80-84 mph slider that showed potential. He also mixed in a 76-77 mph curveball. The athletic Deppermann has a well-proportioned build at 6-foot, 180 pounds. The uncommitted Deppermann drew a contingent of college coaches to the field for his outing.

Deppermann appears to be signed or likely to sign according to Yagu's site. Deppermann seems like an interesting arm that is young.
Kong potential-10%

32 949 Andrew Ely 2B JR

Andrew Ely is a 2011 MIF/3B with a 5'9'', 155 lb. frame from Eagle, ID who attends Eagle. Medium build, athletic look, carries self well on field. Field general at SS, good MIF actions, feet work well to ball, moves well laterally - has range, quick transfer and release, gets rid of it quick, good feet on double play ball, throws are accurate and flash carry. Battles at the plate, high hand set, compact, head stays on, hit well in games. Very good student.

Ely looks likely to sign. He appears to be a good defender and high makeup kid, but the lack of attention on the bat means the ceiling is probably limited.
Kong potential-1%

33 979 Brad Bass RHP HS

5/17/14 - Ranked No. 2 in Illinois’ 2014 class, No. 3 overall. Notre Dame recruit, one of the top draft prospects in the Midwest. Highly projectable and athletic 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame, extremely athletic feet and arm for size. Simple, repeatable delivery, balanced throughout. Should be a consistent strike-thrower at the next levels. Delivery shows minimal effort, and height provides a good downward angle on fastball. Fails to load out of the stretch at times, getting quick with hips and lower half, affecting command. Fastball sat 87-88 touching 90 mph once in the first inning. Fastball sat 84-87 in final three innings. Threw slider in the 78-80 mph range. Slider varied at times showing depth, other times with cutter-like action and not much depth, when he dropped arm slot a bit and got around it. Missed away to right handers with slider, did a better job of staying on top and getting vertical plane on slider to left handed hitters. More of a contact pitch to miss barrels than a swing and miss pitch on this day. Two of three strikeouts came on sliders. Flashed changeup with good arm speed and arm side run in warm ups, seldom used in game action. Threw 90 pitches in four innings and exited presumably due to pitch count, but not helped out by several Lincoln-Way Central errors which extended innings. Should dominate more with stuff, even if it was down a tick from what he has previously shown.

4/6/14 - Ranked No. 2 in Illinois’ 2014 class, No. 3 overall. Notre Dame recruit, one of the top draft prospects in the Midwest. Highly projectable and athletic 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame, extremely athletic feet and arm for size. Second start of the season. Pounded the strike zone with fastball and slider all game. Fastball sat 87-89 in the first, touched 90 twice out of stretch. Velocity dipped to 86-89 in second; 84-88 in fourth. Works downhill extremely well, lived in the bottom half of zone with arm-side sink. Athletic, repeatable delivery, arm works cleanly and easily. Lot more velocity to come, presumably. Slider has potential to be big swing-and-miss pitch in future. Currently it is very good, too. Showed impressive command of pitch, in 79-83 range, mostly 80-81. Easy to see slider in mid-80s sooner rather than later. Threw only a few changeups during his six-inning outing. For the game, yielded three runs, five hits, seven Ks, two walks (both in sixth when he was tiring).

5/25/13 - Few, if any prospect in the 2014 class, is more projectable than the 6-foot-6, 190-pound Bass. Athletic and loose, Bass certainly didn’t disappoint against North. He pitched seven innings, allowed no runs, three hits, struck out eight and walked two. His fastball sat in the 85-87 mph range, topping at 89. His slider was in the 74-76 range. Bass finished exceptionally strong, striking out six of the last nine batters he faced. Committed to Notre Dame.

No pitcher in the Midwest Future Games has more upside than the 6-foot-6, 190-pound Bass. He has an athletic, sturdy frame, long arms and legs, and, above all, has a big-time arm. Bass’s fastball regularly touched 90 mph, topping at 91, with serious tilt. It’s heavy and hard, and you don’t need to have a Walt Disney-like imagination to project it being in the mid-to-upper-90 range in the near future. (I can’t remember thinking that about an incoming junior from Illinois, ever.) Bass’s secondary stuff needs refinement, but so what. His 78 mph breaking ball is still harder than most junior’s fastballs.

Exciting, projectible local high school kid would be a great add, but it appears like he is headed to Norte Dame.
Kong potential-10%

34 1009 Steven Kane RHP J3
Steven Kane is a right handed pitcher that works in the 86-89 range according to Perfect Game. Seems like he was an athletic kid as he was a two-way athlete in high school. He was drafted last year by the Indians, and had this limited write up on the 28th round selection that year:

Jeff Ellis: He is a 6'3" right hander who is a freshman at Cypress college. He went 13-0 with a 2.00 ERA and a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio. He was one of the top players in the California junior college ranks this year. When you look at his performance and size he is an intriguing guy at this point in the draft.

Kong potential-1%

35 1039 Jordan Minch LHP SO
A college lefty that works in the 86-91 range with the fastball. He has a curveball and a changeup to go along with the fastball. Minch might be a bit of a draft and follow as he started playing in the Cape Cod league this weekend. Here is a report on Minch from a couple of seasons ago:

Minch is a tall lean lefty with an overhead pump delivery and a quick arm. He gets to extension well and maintains his balance through out his delivery. He consistently sits 86-89 and touches 90. Breaking ball is above average with a plus changeup. Jordan will factor in the draft in 2012.

Kong potential-5%

36 1069 DJ Peters OF HS

D.J. Peters (OF/1B, Glendora HS (Glendora, CA) enjoyed a loud offensive weekend, routinely squaring up the ball while seeking out fastballs and handling solid velocity. He stays balanced through his swing and creates good leverage out of a large, but projectable, frame. He projects to plus playable power as he continues to add strength, and his approach and mechanics could provide an adequate base for a solid hit tool as well. In addition to his in-game and workout performances, Peters finished second in Saturday night’s Rawlings Home Run Challenge.


Have to like the pick but wonder about the ability to sign him.
Kong potential-10%

37 1099 Riley Adams C HS

Fourth Round
C Brett Austin
C KJ Harrison
C Matt Morgan
C Riley Adams

Harrison is the defensive blue chip. Morgan and Adams are very inexperienced and might be good flyers.

The fact that the Cubs got him as late as they did with his rankings suggest good value. Question is will the Cubs be able to sign him.
Kong potential-5%

38 1129 Daniel Wasinger C HS

Daniel Wasinger is a 2014 C with a 6-0 170 lb. frame from El Paso, TX who attends Eastlake HS. Slender athletic build, young look. 7.38 runner, quick feet behind the plate, shifts and blocks well, compact arm actions, can work through his throws better, good arm strength, 1.90 best pop time. Switch hitter, similar approaches both sides, short hands to the ball, bit rotational with his upper half, line drive swing plane, has more strength and present bat speed from the right side, should keep improving from both sides with additional strength, has the swing mechanics. Son of former MLB infielder and present scout Mark Wasinger. Good student.

Exciting draft pick that is unlikely to sign.
Kong potential-3%

39 1159 David Petrino C J2
Petrino is listed as a middle infielder by most places, but was drafted by the Cubs as a catcher. Here is a scouting report on him playing 2B:

2B David Petrino (Central Arizona) - The 3 hole hitter in Central's lineup, he featured a mdm, athletic build w/ gd present strenght in a close to mature body. While he plays 2B now, his body type will likely move him to 3B. Offensively, he hits from an open stance w/ a stride and load. He features below avg bat speed and, while standing at the front of the box against JUCO competition will work, he needs to stand in the back of the box against the caliber of pitching he faced today.

Kong potential-1%

40 1189 Diamond Johnson CF HS

Speedy, RAW OF with great defensive instincts and an accurate arm. Needs to tighten up his routes, but see this happening as he gains experience. As he matures, can probably play all 3 OF positions. Bat may dictate which of the 3 he ends up playing. Can cover a ton of ground.

Offensively, he is a contact hitter that sprays line drives to all fields. Knows his limits and where his skills are and tries to hit accordingly. Doesn't overswing. Contact hitter who uses his speed to get on base. Excellent base runner. Aggressive, good turns, great 1st to 3rd guy.

He is a young, raw talent that should develop into an outstanding athlete as he matures. Too early to tell, as he has the type of frame that could fill out. He can play some 1B, and over time, his size and growth will determine where he ends up. All in all, a talented 2014 grad that should be watched. All the makings of a plus athlete with at least 3 tools.

Yet another leadoff hitter type centerfielder that the Cubs took on day 3. The focus was clearly on arms and catchers, but the Cubs also addressed that table setter void within the system. Not a lot of information out there and the round suggests that the upside is limited.
Kong potential-1%

Conclusion
The draft is something that is next to impossible to rate at the time of completing it. We simply don't have enough information from who will even sign to how will those players perform. But given the information available it is hard to be disappointed with this draft class. The Cubs picked fourth in a year with most outside experts agree there was a clear top 3. The Cubs dispute this notion with getting their number 2 rated player with the fourth pick, but the strategy as a whole is sound.

You can't trade down in the MLB draft, but the Cubs essentially accomplished that by getting their guy and 1.5 million dollars to spend later in the draft. The Cubs should bring in a number of high upside arms and maybe a couple interesting position prospects with that savings. Gilliam, Cantu, or Peters being added to the mix will go a long way to increasing the star potential of this draft. The Cubs might be playing things cleverly by not announcing the signing bonuses of many players that are already showing up in the Cubs system. It is definitely an interesting turn of events, and if it lands the Cubs one of those three on top of the first 22 picks this draft should be considered a huge success.

Also going to stack my claim to Charles White as a new favorite sleeper prospect. In researching about all 40 Cubs draft picks I am intrigued by his combination of speed and plate discipline. However, as I talked about at Cubs Insider what we think about a draft at the time and three or more years later can often be very different.

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