What the Kris Bryant Draft Means for The Cubs


Thursday, at the Major League Baseball draft, the Chicago Cubs made a surprising move by not drafting the power arm of Jonathan Gray from Oklahoma after the Houston Astros chose Mark Appel from Stanford with their first overall pick. It was assumed by many that they would pick whomever the Astros would not take. They instead chose Kris Bryant from San Diego with their second pick.

I like them taking Bryant once Appel was off the board. While Gray is a great power arm that hits 100 mph with his fastball, Bryant has huge power and out homered a majority of the other Division I colleges by himself as he hit 31 home runs in only 228 ABs that will have an immediate impact in the middle of the lineup when his time is to be in Chicago.

It’s no secret the Cubs need some better arms in the organization. They’ve made some pretty picks in the last two years with Pierce Johnson and Duane Underwood last year and Dillon Maples in 2011. If you take out Maples couple of real bad starts, both he and Johnson have been pitching well. Underwood will be pitching for the short season Boise Hawks later this summer. It should be known that after the Bryant pick they did pick up pitchers with 19 of their draft picks this year. I haven’t had a lot of time to delve into those picks yet to see if there were any good arms in those picks, though it is worth noting a lot of these kids are college pitchers rather than kids being drafted out of high school. I like this move too.

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Scouting Austin Voth


Photo by Joshua Bessex

Pitcher name: Austin Voth, RHP

Height: 6’1’’

Weight: 209

Draft status: Junior, draft eligible

School: University of Washington

Seen: March 1, 2013, against Cal Poly

Austin Voth (pronounced like ‘both’) is the Friday starter for the University of Washington. The junior right-hander worked off and on as a starter for the Huskies during his first two years on campus, but he’s emerged as the ace of the staff in Seattle after a strong summer in the Cape Cod League. He’s off to a good start in the new campaign, having struck out 28 hitters in 20 innings, while walking just 4. Baseball America ranked Voth the 14th best draft eligible prospect in their Pac-12 season preview last month, making him the highest Husky on their list. Continue reading

Texas Rangers: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Baseball has a very unique farm and minor league system. Every MLB team, has a Triple-A team, Double-A team, High-A team, Low-A team, Short Season team, and several Rookie teams. That’s at least seven minor league teams each one of them loaded with players trying to make their dreams come true of playing in the major leagues one day. A few of those will make it, most won’t. Some are truly considered prospects, while some are just organization players filling a roster spot, who are still incredible baseball players but will probably never sniff the majors. 

What’s discussed a lot with a prospect is his ceiling. That ceiling then becomes a foregone conclusion in the mind, but when it comes to prospects reaching their ceilings, there is no such thing as a foregone conclusion. Still, the illusion of the ceiling for a prospect can be too intoxicating to withstand.

The Rangers have a packed minor league system with young and extremely talented ballplayers to dream on. In both the U.S. amateur draft and the international market, Texas has targeted high ceiling players that are toolsheds filled with raw tools, but are still in their teens and several years away from becoming big leaguers. The Rangers are looking to these teenagers hopefully to shape the future of the franchise. They are all still very young, very raw, and have a long way to go, but they are exactly the kinds of players that the Rangers are wanting to patiently groom. Continue reading

Chatting with Red Sox 2012 1st Round Pick Deven Marrero

The 2012 season has been just as tough for the Boston Red Sox as the last month of their 2011 campaign. Although fans have endured significant recent disappointment, the future appears bright given the way that the team has continued to smartly draft and sign young players. The consensus jewel of their 2012 draft is polished shortstop Deven Marrero, who is in just the second month of his professional career but could be a regular in Boston before long. Continue reading

Interview With Austin Schotts: The Steal of the 2012 Draft

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The 2012 MLB first-year player draft was the first under the new collective bargaining agreement which set bonus pools for each team based on their picks in the draft. Due to this agreement we saw some top talent fall in the draft and even go un-signed. This flaw, which set bonus amounts for each slot in the draft, meant that players with strong college commitments were more likely to pass on professional careers. One of those players who almost went to college was Tigers third round pick Austin Schotts who may end up being the steal of the 2012 draft. Continue reading

Padres and Astros Were Day 1 Winners

With the first pick in the Major League Baseball first year player draft the Houston Astros select…

Most of us expected Stanford ace right-hander Mark Appel to be the name called here by commissioner Bud Selig and if it was not Appel it was surely going to be prep star Byron Buxton. In our open thread yesterday I wrote “After watching more video of Carlos Correa I think I would take him first overall if I were the Astros. Just me, though.” I then went on to tweet about how the Astros should blow up all of our mocks: Continue reading

MLB Draft Day: Open Thread

This is a thread where we will be adding links and other buzz we here heading toward the start of the draft. Be sure to come by and check it frequently to keep up to date with all the latest MLB draft information.

(Updated 7:45 pm)

According to Kevin Goldstein (via Twitter) there might be a “crazy rumor” that agent Scott Boras might be trying to push Mark Appel down to the Nationals at pick 16.

(Updated 7:14 pm)

Keith Law tweets that the Royals could take Chris Stratton at #5 and Max Fried to the Orioles at #4 is increasingly likely.

(Updated 5:40 pm)

-John Sickels takes a look at 5 sleeper prospects for the draft over at Minor League Ball

-You can see all of Conor Glassey’s MLB Draft Chat that he did this afternoon at Baseball America.

Jim Callis updated his final mock draft to include each teams total budget.

Matt Grabusky has his final mock up for MLB Draft Guide.

(Updated 5:16 pm) Continue reading