The Draft concludes on Tuesday with rounds 11-20 at 11 am CST on MLB.com.
01-021: LHP Jordan Wicks – Kansas State ($3,132,300)
02-056: 3B James Triantos – James Madison HS VA ($1,276,400)
03-093: LHP Drew Gray – IMG Academy FL ($627,900)
04-123: OF Christian Franklin – Arkansas ($464,500)
05-154: SS Liam Spence – Tennessee ($343,400)
06-184: LHP Riley Martin – Quincy ($263,700)
07-214: OF Parker Chavers – Coastal Carolina ($206,500)
08-244: C Casey Opitz – Arkansas ($168,500)
09-274: LHP Chase Watkins – Oregon State ($152,300)
10-304: OF Peter Matt – Duke ($143,900)
MLB.com did a nice recap with quotes from Vice President of scouting Dan Kantrovitz regarding all of the Day 2 picks if you are looking for a little more info.
I will try to update this post a few times throughout the afternoon as the Cubs 11-20th round picks come in, but I am going to be in the car for the latter stages, so I will probably not get all of the picks posted until later tonight.
11-334: RHP Gage Ziehl – Penfield HS (NY)
I'm so fired up for 2021 RHP Gage Ziehl (Penfield) on his dominance at the #Super60 today.— Dan Cevette (@DanCevette) February 7, 2021
The Miami commit touched 95 w/ the FB while mixing in an advanced feel w/ the CB.. Thick lower half w/ a short-lightning fast arm circle @DiamondPro3 @Diamondpro13 @prepbaseball pic.twitter.com/YPkUy8lm2h
PBR-New York Player of the Year— PBR New York (@PBRNewYork) July 3, 2021
Congrats to 2021 RHP & Miami commit Gage Ziehl (Penfield) who takes home the award.
Pitching: 5-0, 1 SV, 0.17 ERA, 42 IP, 91 K, 7 BB.
Hitting: .438, 3 2B, 5 HR, 16 BB, 3 K.
State POYhttps://t.co/X8Bb5R9mBR @gage_z13 @bigleaguechew pic.twitter.com/SMUKieTtfP
This is a nice prep upside selection. Will almost certainly take over the max $125K allotted for 11-20th round picks. Gage Ziehl surrendered just 1 run over 42 innings on his way to being named the Class AA Player of the Year in New York.
Throws in the mid-90s with a slider and change. Big rpm guy. Ziehl is lauded for repeatable mechanics which should help him profile as a starter in pro ball.
Here’s a nice article on him for some additional info.
12-364 OF Teo Banks – Permian HS (TX)
An OF with speed and power. Tulane commit. Also capable of low-90s of the mound. He’s already got a decent amount of strength, but with a broad shouldered frame he figures to add even more. There is a lot to like about his athleticism.
.@Baseba11Red's Teo Banks (@teobanks_42) got great wood on this one. Out of the 2-hole, he drives one to LCF for the solo home run. Big time swing at the dish. #FiveToolPower— Five Tool Baseball (@FiveTool) September 6, 2020
Permian (TX) 2021 • @GreenWaveBSB commit@AZFallClassic Qualifier @FiveToolTexas pic.twitter.com/X3MWPGgCC3
13-394 RHP Erian Rodriguez – Georgia Premier Academy (GA)
A long, loose athlete with good arm speed. Already up to mid-90s in games, reports of 97 in side session. I’ve only seen a little video, but it is exciting. Basically a hard thrower at this point who needs to develop his secondaries according to scouting reports.
2021 RHP Erian Rodriguez is one of the most electric arms in the class really good again against a great team 5 innings 0 runs 92-95 good breaking ball and flashed the change Kid is special @JonathanMayo @BaseballAmerica @PerfectGameUSA @MattPowers31 @_JeremyBooth @jensen_juicy pic.twitter.com/Gxp18QZeJ0— GeorgiaPremierSox (@premier_sox) May 2, 2021
2021 RHP Erian Rodriguez dealt last week against a very good Tnxl lineup CG shutout allowing 1 hit. One of the most electric arms in the class flashed a plus curveball and plus plus change. Kid is going to be big time. 92-94T95. @_JeremyBooth @MattPowers31 @jensen_juicy pic.twitter.com/nVCSm8nvU2— GeorgiaPremierSox (@premier_sox) April 26, 2021
14-424 RHP Frankie Scalzo Jr. – Grand Canyon University
A hard throwing senior, Frankie Scalzo served as the closer for Grand Canyon University. Pairs the fastball with a good curve.
15-454 3B B.J. Murray Jr. – Florida Atlantic
A switch hitting 3B. Swing looks a little long, but the bat speed seems fine. Not sure there is much projection left, but he hit 14 home runs this year. Will have to see if the power translates to wood bats but given his bat speed and build I think it should.
The Owls were THIS close to taking the lead…— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 4, 2021
B.J. Murray tied the game up with an RBI double and @mitchhartigan24 was SO close to bringing him home to take the lead.#FAU 2 – #UF 2 | E3| @LealLaw pic.twitter.com/o6O0ShiwiH
16-484 RHP Zachary Leigh – Texas State
Fifth year senior. Had control issues at times, but improved those as his career went along. His overall numbers are not impressive though. Maybe Cubs believe a conversion to relief can unlock more potential. Was an all-state defensive back in high school.
17-514 SS Christian Olivo – Leadership Christian Academy (PR)
Cubs yearly dip into the Puerto Rican prep ranks continues. Olivo features a simple line drive stroke at the plate. Not a lot of bat speed, but he should hit for contact. Committed to Seminole State Junior College so he could be a tough sign. Will be draft eligible again next season.
18-544 RHP Dominic Hambley – Belmont Secondary School (BC)
From the British Columbia prep ranks. Could be a really tough sign. Hambley is 6.3 220, up to mid-90s with a high-70s curve, and mid-80s change. Oregon State commitment which might be tough for Cubs to buy out.
.@BeaverBaseball commit Dominic Hambley made his second appearance for the @crosscutters of the @mlbdraftleague today— PBR British Columbia (@PrepBaseballBC) May 31, 2021
Sitting 90-93 with the FB and working up to a 2704 Spin rate with his Slider#MLBDraft #RaiseYourStock pic.twitter.com/GGqmC1sNks
19-574 RHP Daniel Avitia – Alhambra HS (AZ)
Projectable 6.3 frame. Committed to Grand Canyon University, where the Cubs just plucked 14th rounder Frankie Scalzo Jr. Athletic, with long levers. Fastball currently tops out around 90-91. The kind of kid who can take a jump once he fills out. In the meantime you would look to mold him in the pitch lab.
20-604 LHP Wilson Cunningham – JSerra Catholic HS (CA)
A 6 foot 8 inch 185 pound lefty. Sounds like a project. Obviously a lot of projectability with that frame.
‘21 Wilson Cunningham! Kid is an exceptional young man. Can’t wait to see what the next year looks like for him! Some pen video from him. pic.twitter.com/vu8CDwflEk— JSerra Baseball (@JSerraLionsBB) May 21, 2020
Interestingly, a University of Chicago commit. Excellent student. Could be another tough sign.
Undrafted Free Agency
It will be hard to know how many undrafted free agents teams will pursue this year given the 180 man roster limitations in the Minors. Teams can offer players up to $20K signing bonuses. Given Cubs went prep heavy on Day 3, I would expect a couple of veteran college signings, in particular a catcher or two.
I would also expect the Cubs to pursue some starting pitchers to absorb some innings. They drafted a lot of starting pitchers, but they were all preps outside of 1st rounder Jordan Wicks. The other 4 college pitchers the Cubs drafted are projected as relievers.
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