Category: MLB Draft

MLB Draft Day 3 (Rounds 11-20)

MLB Draft Day 3 (Rounds 11-20)
MLB Draft 2021 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... Read more »

MLB Draft Day 2 (Rounds 2-10)

MLB Draft Day 2 (Rounds 2-10)
MLB Draft 2021 Yesterday the Cubs chose Kansas State left-handed starter Jordan Wicks with the 21st overall pick. I already covered the selection a bit in this morning’s recap, but I also put together a Twitter thread with some additional thoughts after I posted this morning: He's got a bit of a long arm action... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Cubs select Wicks with 1st Round pick; Davis homers twice, takes Futures Game MVP; Steele and 2 relievers combine for 7-inning No-No

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Cubs select Wicks with 1st Round pick; Davis homers twice, takes Futures Game MVP; Steele and 2 relievers combine for 7-inning No-No
Brennan Davis (Photo by Stephanie Lynn) MLB Draft Because of a slightly unexpected fall on draft night, the Cubs managed to snag the top collegiate left-handed starter with the 21st overall pick. Most rankings services had Jordan Wicks rated and mocked in the early or mid teens. The Kansas State hurler earned Big 12 Freshman... Read more »
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Daily Cubs Minors Recap: MLB Draft Preview; Homers by Nwogu, Bautista, Perlaza and Reynolds; Balego crushing in rehab assignment

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: MLB Draft Preview; Homers by Nwogu, Bautista, Perlaza and Reynolds; Balego crushing in rehab assignment
Jordan Nwogu (Photo by Stephanie Lynn) MLB Draft Preview The MLB Draft kicks off 6 PM CST on MLB Network and ESPN. Only 29 picks of the 1st round (plus 7 comp picks) will be conducted on the broadcast. The remaining 19 rounds will be Monday (rounds 2-10 at 12 pm CST on MLB.Com) and... Read more »

Cubs target big arms and a big bat on Day 2 of MLB Draft

Cubs target big arms and a big bat on Day 2 of MLB Draft
I’ve been critical of the several previous draft classes run by Jason McLeod under the Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer regime for their lack of focus on power arms and bats. I understand going safe with some picks, but they had a tendency to go safe on all but a couple of picks per year.... Read more »

Cubs select Ed Howard with 16th pick

Cubs select Ed Howard with 16th pick
The first round of the first draft for new Cubs VP of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz couldn’t have unfolded any better. He got his guy. “I think it’s reasonable to expect the other local team to be in on Ed as much as we were. But I would say with every pick after the ninth or... Read more »
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2020 MLB Draft Preview: The Pitchers

2020 MLB Draft Preview: The Pitchers
One of the main reasons the Cubs have a new VP of Scouting is their lackluster track record of drafting and developing MLB pitchers under the current front office regime. Chicago fans are away of this. The Cubs can’t develop pitching jabs are almost as prevalent nowadays as the ones regarding the Bears inability to develop QBs.... Read more »

2020 MLB Draft Preview: The Hitters

2020 MLB Draft Preview: The Hitters
Major League Baseball’s abbreviated 2020 Draft kicks off Wednesday night with the 1st round at 6 PM CST. The following four rounds will be broadcast on Thursday beginning at 4 PM CST. Slot values have not increased from the 2019 draft. A $20K limit on signing bonuses has been imposed on undrafted free agents. The... Read more »

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 »
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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 »