With the Third Pick….

2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft

Updated – 5:20pm C.T. – The Cubs picked Josh Vitters with the 3rd pick in the MLB Draft and chose Joshua Donaldson, catcher, from Auburn with the 48th pick.

The 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft begins today in Orlando and for the first time it will be televised. ESPN2 will carry the draft live from 1:00pm – 5:00pm C.T. from The Milk House at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Each team will have their first round picks aired live and each team will have no more than 5 minutes to complete their picks in the first round. The first day of the draft will conclude around 7:30pm C.T. and will resume at 10:30am C.T. on Friday and will continue until it is complete. XM Radio will also carry the draft live with reports from Holden Kushner.

The Cubs have the 3rd pick in this year’s draft. Here is the Cubs’ draft order in the first 5 rounds:

  • Sandwich Pick – 48th pick
  • 3rd Round – 98th pick
  • 4th Round – 128th pick
  • 5th Round – 158th pick

This will be the second draft for Tim Wilken.

The Cubs lost the 31st pick in the draft when they signed Alfonso Soriano, the 54th pick when the signed Mark DeRosa and the 56th pick when they signed Ted Lilly. They also lost their 2nd round pick (68th overall) when they signed Soriano but gained the 48th pick when the Dodgers signed Juan Pierre.

David Price from Vanderbilt will likely go to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the first pick of the draft. If the Devil Rays pass on Price the likelihood of Kansas City doing the same is very slim leaving the Cubs with another pick. Jeff Passan from Yahoo Sports released his mock draft and thinks the Cubs will pick Josh Vitters, the third baseman from Cypress High School, but mentions they could draft Jarrod Parker, a right-handed high school pitcher from Indiana. Phil Rogers from the Chicago Tribune thinks the Cubs should take Mike Moustakas from Chatsworth High School and several reports have mentioned the possibility of the Cubs taking Matt Weiters, the Georgia Tech catcher.

MLB.com projections
MLB.com Draft Tracker
MLB.com Draft Central

Update – The Cubs picked high school 3rd baseman Josh Vitters from Cypress High School in California.with the 3rd overall pick in the MLB draft. With the 48th pick, the Cubs took Joshua Donaldson, catcher from the University of Auburn. Donaldson also played 3rd base in college.

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