6/15 Hoyer on Draft, Bryant
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer talked to Chicago beat writers in New York about the recent Draft and the team’s rebuilding process:
“We know we need to continue to add pitching,” Hoyer said. “It is an organizational weakness. But they always say drafting for need in baseball is exceptionally dangerous. We just felt like for our money, we took the best player on the board. I don’t think it affects our timing, but it does mean that pitching will be an emphasis in future drafts and any kind of trades we might make and in free agency.”
The Cubs selected outfielder Albert Almora with their first pick in 2012, and chose third baseman Kris Bryant this June. But pitching dominated their other selections in the Drafts.
“It’s very difficult to find starting pitching, for sure,” Hoyer said. “But it’s also very difficult to find power bats. The demographic we ended up choosing is also difficult to find.”
The Cubs hope to sign Bryant by the July 12 deadline.
“We’d love to get him out playing and get his Cubs career started as early as possible,” Hoyer said of the infielder.
Fans eager to see the Cubs put a winning team on the field need to be patient.
“When the Cubs were trying to win in 2007 and ’08, the Pirates and the Brewers and the Reds were rebuilding,” Hoyer said. “All those guys they were building [with] at that time are now coming to fruition. … We know it’s cyclical, but those teams have built up nice cores. When it comes to the Reds and the Cardinals, those are really mature good teams right now, and the Pirates have obviously built a nice team and have a lot of good stuff coming. No one ever said our process was going to come without competition.”