Cubs Make Pitching a Priority in Day Two of the 2013 Draft

With the first two picks in Kris Bryant and Rob Zastryzny in the books on Thursday night, the Cubs spent a majority of day two adding pitching to the organization. The Cubs spent six of their eight picks on Friday adding pitching inventory while using their other two picks on a pair of intriguing outfielders.

The Cubs used their first eight picks in the 2013 draft on college players and all told they used nine of their first 10 selections on college players.

The 2013 draft concludes on Saturday with rounds 11-40. The third day of the draft begins at 12:00pm CDT and the Cubs have the second selection in the third day. The Cubs 11th round pick is the 318th overall and they pick every 30 spots through the end of the draft.

The deadline to sign drafted players this year is July 12. Jed Hoyer said Friday night they are working on signing Kris Bryant and are hoping to have him under contract soon so he can begin his professional career.

The Cubs 2013 bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of the draft is $10,556,500. The pool amount for the first round pick, Kris Bryant, is $6,708,400 while the slot amount for their second round pick, Rob Zastryzny, is $1,361,900.

Jacob Hannemann – CF – Third Round (75th overall)

Jacob Hannemann has been compared to Jacoby Ellsbury and was a two-sport athlete at BYU on a football scholarship. Hannemann started in 51 games and hit .344/.415/.553 with five home runs and 14 stolen bases after a slow start and not playing baseball for two seasons.

3rd Round Pool Amount – $736,000

Tyler Skulina – RHP – Fourth Round (108th overall)

The Cubs selected the 6-foot-6, 225-pound right hander from Kent State with their fourth round pick in the 2013 draft. Tyler Skulina led Kent State to the College World Series a year ago and was their Friday night starter this past spring. Skulina struggled with consistency this spring but finished strong.

Skulina throws his fastball in the 95-96 mph range with tailing movement to right handers and he compliments it with two quality breaking balls, including a biting low-80s slider. Skulina will struggle with his control and command from time to time. Skulina needs to work on his changeup and delivery but there is a lot of upside here. The Cubs have work to do with Skulina but the tools are there. Many felt that Skulina would be taken in the second round and this could end up being a very good pick if the Cubs can develop him into a middle of the rotation starter.

4th Round Pool Amount – $477,300

Trey Masek – RHP – Fifth Round (138th overall)

Many predicted that the 6-foot-1, 195-pound, Texas Tech right hander would be selected in second round and Baseball America ranked Trey Masek as the 49th best player in their pre-draft rankings. But Trey Masek slipped to the fifth round and the Cubs landed another intriguing arm with a lot of upside.

Masek got off to a very good start this spring after a solid summer in the Cape Cod league, by posting a 0.22 ERA with only 22 hits allowed in his first 40 innings of the season. But a sore shoulder forced him to miss a couple of starts as he was making the conversion to full-time starter this spring. When he returned Masek’s stuff was consistent to the levels he was at prior to missing time. Masek can touch 94 mph with his fastball. Masek also throws a sinking changeup and a solid curveball.

Masek’s size and injury history have some thinking he could end up as a reliever.


5th Round Pool Amount – $357,400

Scott Frazier – RHP – Sixth Round (168th overall)

The 6-foot-7 right hander out of Pepperdine can run his fastball into the mid-90s (has touched 96 mph on the gun) and his size helps create hard sink. Scott Frazier backs his fastball with a power slider that reportedly features plus bite in the upper-80s. Frazier struggles with his command and has had health issues in the past but he has remained healthy this spring.

Frazier was Pepperdine’s Saturday starter a year ago and moved into the Friday starter’s role this spring.

The Cubs selected Frazier eight spots behind where Baseball America ranked him (160) prior to the draft.

6th Round Pool Amount – $267,600

David Garner – RHP – Seventh Round (198th overall)

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound David Garner can bring the heat. Garner has electric stuff and can touch 95 mph with his fastball but his hard-breaking slider is considered his outpitch. Garner’s delivery is described as free and easy. Garner reportedly stood out in the Cape Cod League the past two summers.

Garner can get wild and has been in and out of Michigan State’s starting rotation.

7th Round Pool Amount – $200,400

Sam Wilson – LHP – Eighth Round (228th overall)

Sam Wilson features a fastball in the low-90s but has touched 94 mph on the gun. Wilson throws a changeup and a curveball and the former two-way player is athletic. Wilson is 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds and hit .431/.517/.706 in 152 at bats with six home runs and 41 RBI this past season.

The southpaw posted an 11-2 record with a 1.34 ERA in 14 starts that included three complete games this past season.

8th Round Pool Amount – $159,400

Charcer Burks, CF – Ninth Round (258th overall)

Charcer Burks, the only high school player taken by the Cubs in the first ten rounds of the draft, played shortstop in high school. Burks also played football in high school.

9th Round Pool Amount – $148,900

Zachary Godley – RHP – Tenth Round (288th overall)

Zach Godley led the SEC in innings pitched and was second in the conference with 98 strikeouts. Godley tossed six complete games and notched a career high in strikeouts (13) in his final start. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior from the University of Tennessee finished the season with a 5-7 record with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

10th Round Pool Amount – $139,000

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  • John_CC

    Thanks for the recap of picks Neil. Thats a big pile of pitchers. No one should expect them to all pan out, but if 30% of them make it up to the big league club, that would be good.

    I read on another blog that the m.o. with the majority of these picks was that they are either developed by Johnson into starters and if they can’t make it at that they all could have solid futures in the bullpen.

    Hoyer is a believer in making your own bullpen. The “floor” of all these pitchers are quality bullpen arms. I like the approach. I trust that this draft was very well planned and executed.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    It seems there is a lot of upside in most of these picks. I’m really excited about them. I imagine there are champagne bottles popping by members of the fromt office tonight. Kudos for what so far looks like a job extremely well done.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    So what’s the deal with tomorrow’s rounds? Do I understand that the money allowed to slots are different so this is where you go draft underclassmen and high school players that are maybe leaning toward years in college unless they get blown away by contract offers? Then hope you can entice them to sign?

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      If my assumption is correct I’d like to see us draft Cody Thomas from Colleyville, TX. He has signed with my Sooners so I have mixed feelings, but if he were to opt for baseball the Cubs would be the only situation where I’d feel okay about not having him in Norman. The kid will be a stud, probably in both football an baseball, at least in college-if he stays.

      And if that is a kid’s situation the Cubs might have more to offer than other teams. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of the new direction of this franchise? It would seem extra special to be a member of the team in about 4 or 5 years when we finally win a world series…maybe 3.

    • Tony_Hall

      All money spent in the first 10 rounds and any money in excess of 100k in rounds 11-40 count against a club’s pool. If you don’t sign a player from rounds 1-10, that money is removed from your pool.

      Here is the breakdown per pick.

      http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/assigned-pick-values-for-top-10-rounds/

      So, if the Cubs 8th round pick doesn’t sign, they lose that money ($159,400) from their pool. That makes teams want to sign all of their first 10 round picks and the theme has been to draft guys they can get for well below these slots, so they can move money to another player, or to a player that they will draft, after round 10. The first picks today would be ones that teams are going to “go for”.