For previous coverage, check out our Draft Preview, the summary for the first day, and Dabynsky’s reactions to Day 1 and Day 2. GW at Obstructed View also has a great roundup of scouting reports and videos of most of the Round 11 through 40 picks.
I just want to use this as a quick overview of the Cubs’ haul. Some of these guys won’t sign, particularly the “tough sign” guys who the Cubs targeted in Round 11 and later (they won’t count against the draft pool restrictions if unsigned so that’s not a huge deal). However, the consensus is that the Cubs can save enough from Kyle Schwarber and Jake Stinnett being potential underslots, and Mark Zagunis already agreeing to a bonus about $100K below slot. The rundown via MLB.com’s Draft Tracker:
Based on the list (formatted kinda bleh, but it’s there), and with the caveat that not all of them will sign, the Cubs took:
- Seven catchers, including early picks Schwarber and Zagunis, with a huge maybe on Cantu;
- Two second basemen;
- Two third basemen;
- Two shortstops;
- Three listed center fielders;
- Three general outfielders (I’m guessing they can at least stand in center though);
- Four left-handed pitchers, including tough-sign Sands;
- 17 right-handed pitchers
Of those 40 picks, 14 are from the high school ranks and the rest are either junior college or 4-year university players.
It seemed that the Cubs continued their strategy of targeting lots of projectable arms to generate tons of pitching depth in the system. The position players were catching heavy especially towards the end of the draft, and the thing is, even if some of these guys can’t stay behind the plate, it’s not that difficult to move a catcher into a corner infield or outfield spot. My hypothesis is that the Cubs know they need money in order to sign serious college commits like Dylan Cease and therefore were looking to acquire good value players while maximizing signability. As Dab noted earlier via Chris Cotillo, Zagunis has already agreed to sign under slot and it looks like Carson Sands is serious about signing with the Cubs as well.
The signing deadline is July 18th so we’ll have a fun few weeks to see who actually wants to become a Cub and who will hold out until the very end for every last cent. Sorry this was up a little late, I was still coming off a high with the Cubs winning their fifth straight and Lennie Merullo totally killing it in the WGN booth.