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


As weak as the Cubs are at Catching Organization wide, I would consider a Catcher. They have went with best position player available the last two years, then concentrating on pitching thereafter.
I dont see why it has to be a pitcher.

jasper the problem with Jackson is many don’t know if he can stay at catcher…. if he were a sure thing at the position Jackson may be the top pick in this draft

Aloha Jasper- I have also thought about a catcher. For example the Yankees have a lot of catchers, would they be willing to cough one one plus something else? Maybe the Cubs pick one of the top pitching prospects to lure another team into a deal for a catcher. It will be interesting to see who they end up picking. Mahalo.

Best player…..lots of pitching in this draft.

Maybe the Cubs go after Rangers system again…….Alfaro (C), Jackson (P), Payano (P), Gonzalez (P) for Shark & Soler

soler has a major league contract so there is no way the Rangers persue him unless the cubs start eating money on the contract.

I would take Alfaro and their pick of the other two for Samardizja and Soler.
I dont think Soler will have the impact. He seems to be injured more than he plays. I know they told him to take it easy, but he looked awful in the AFL.

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