4/28 Looking ahead to the Draft
MLBPipeline.com reporter Jim Callis was asked if there are any college or high school bats the Cubs might consider with the fourth overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. His answer:
“If the Cubs drafted purely on need, they’d take a pitcher at No. 4. Their system may have more high-ceiling position players than any other, starting with shortstop Javier Baez, third baseman Kris Bryant and outfielders Albert Almora and Jorge Soler. Chicago did place two arms on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 prospects list in C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson but it will need more help on the mound.
“However, teams almost never draft purely on need at the top of the Draft. The Cubs certainly didn’t in 2013 when they used the second overall choice on Bryant rather than flame-throwing right-hander Jon Gray.
“In all likelihood, Chicago will take a pitcher with the fourth selection because that’s the strength of this year’s Draft. It’s possible that seven of the first eight picks will be pitchers. The only hitter I could see the Cubs considering would be California high school catcher/outfielder Alex Jackson, but I bet they wind up with Aiken, Hoffman, Kolek or Rodon instead.”
The players he listed above are:
California high school LHP Brady Aiken
East Carolina RHP Jeff Hoffman
North Carolina State LHP Carlos Rodon
Texas high school RHP Tyler Kolek