Cubs Take Bryant and Zastryzny with First Two Picks in 2013 Draft

The Cubs made their first two selections in the 2013 First Year Player Draft on Thursday night. The Cubs surprised some by making power hitting third baseman Kris Bryant from the University of San Diego their first round pick. Bryant has legitimate, projectable power and the Cubs see him sticking at third base and not having to move positions.

According to reports, the Cubs had RHP Mark Appel and Kris Bryant at the top of their draft board. When the Astros made Appel the top pick in the draft, the Cubs selected Bryant. The Cubs did not use their first round pick on a pitcher but as expected shifted their attention to adding pitching to the system with their second round pick.

The Cubs selected LHP Rob Zastryzny from the University of Missouri in the second round, 41st overall pick. Zastryzny was thought to be a late second round, early third round pick at one point but reportedly impressed scouts by touching 95 mph with his fastball during the SEC Tournament.

The second day of the draft begins at 11:30am CDT on Friday. Rounds 3-10 take place on Friday and the draft concludes Saturday at 12:00pm with rounds 11-40.

The Cubs have eight total picks on Friday beginning with the 75th overall pick in the third round. The Cubs pick again in the fourth round with the 108th overall selection then every 30 picks afterwards for rounds 5-40.

The Cubs’ bonus pool for the first ten rounds of the draft is $10,556,500 this year.

The CCO will add the players the Cubs’ select on the second day in the draft to this report. Check back on Friday for updates as the picks are announced.

Day 2 of the 2013 Draft

  • Cubs selected CF Jacob Hannemann from Brigham Young in the 3rd round (75th overall)
  • Cubs selected RHP Tyler Skulina from Kent State in the 4th round (108th overall)
  • Cubs selected RHP Trey Masek from Texas Tech in the 5th round (138th overall)
  • Cubs selected RHP Scott Frazier from Pepperdine University  in the 6th round (168th overall)
  • Cubs selected RHP David Garner from Michigan State in the 7th round (198th overall)
  • Cubs selected LHP Sam Wilson from Lamar Community College in the 8th round (228th overall)
  • Cubs selected CF Charcer Burks from William B Travis HS in TX in the 9th round (258th overall), first HS player taken by Cubs in draft
  • Cubs selected RHP Zachary Godley from the University of Tennessee in the 10th round (288th overall)

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  • Jim Canavan

    Nice job Neil.

  • GaryLeeT

    I am not sure what the rules and protocol are, but if he’s signed quickly, can Bryant play in the minors this year?

    • Tony_Hall

      As soon as he signs, they can play him anywhere they want in the system or even the majors.

  • Tony_Hall

    I love that the MLB draft has turned into something to watch and gets noticed in the sport, versus in the past when it just sort of happened and we had to “refresh” a web page to see who was picked.

  • Tony_Hall

    I have no doubt that Appel was 1st on the Cubs list and when he was taken I was texted and asked who I would take, and I just couldn’t say Gray and said Bryant. No way to go wrong picking 2nd and I hope that down the road we compare this draft to the choice between Mauer and Prior.

    I would hope that Bryant can move quickly and I was thinking Sept call up in 2014, then a shot in ST 2015, yet I have also read that 2 years will be the minimum he will need before being called up. With BBCOR bats being used the transition shouldn’t be as big as in the past, and I would hope that he signs and get in a lineup by late June/early July to help get his progress going.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Missed you Tony. Needed you in some battles with Ray and Rip.

      • Tony_Hall

        Sorry, busy week, haven’t even had any time in the morning to post, let alone at night.

        Don’t think of them as battles. They are just as passionate about the Cubs as either of us, and only want to see the Cubs be a winning team and win a World Series, just like all of us on here.

        It wouldn’t be any fun if we all agreed on how to do it, as there is more than one way to get there. We just agree with how it is being done. It is easy to criticize what is being done in sports, but especially baseball where there are far, far more failures and things to nitpick than in any other sport.

  • calicub

    Neil, havent heard much from Aaron in a long while…

    Any chance he does a break down of the draft again this year?

    • Suzy S

      I second that….Neil, you have Aaron’s contact info…he hasn’t posted since thew first week of April…could you check and see if he is OK?

      It’s just not like Aaron to go Cold Turkey like that. I’m a little concerned…especially during the draft days going on.

  • Ray Ray

    Cubs should be all in on Miguel Gonzales. Doesn’t go against International spending and he could be in rotation as early as next year. 26 year old with mid 90’s fastball. Now this is the type of player you go get. With the FA starting pitching market bare next year….jump on this guy!

    • 07GreyDigger

      Agreed. You just can’t rely on getting all your talent in one place. Love the multi-pronged attack the team has.

    • Tony_Hall

      I agree on this, but haven’t you been critical of this type of spending.

      • Ray Ray

        Not on major league ready players! I wanted Darvish, I wanted Ryu.

        • Tony_Hall

          What about Cespedes, Puig, and what about players like these that failed? Just like any other area for signing players, they don’t all work out.

  • Ray Ray

    We have the second pick today and the top 2 players on the board are High School C Jon Denney from OK. Great receiving skills, good throwing arm and power potential The other is a big RH power arm from Ole Miss Bobby Wahl. Mid 90’s heat. Many feel he can stay a starter but had great success as a closer for Team USA in the summer. Some scouts feel Denney could end up being the best catcher in the draft. Still a lot of good players out there.

  • paulcatanese

    Someone had asked if any players had gone directly to the Majors and skipped the minor leagues.
    Yes, two that I can think of, Mel Ott, and Al Kaline, may have been more.

    • Tony_Hall

      Actually I am sure there are more.

      Mike Leake of the Reds, skipped the minors (2009 draft, MLB debut in 2010)

      His only minor league experience is 2011, that I bet was a rehab.

    • SomeGuy27

      In the MLB draft era Dave Winfield, Bob Horner, Mike Morgan, Jim Abbott, Xavier Nady, Mike Leake. I think about 10-12 more. I think Winfield is the only HOF’r.

  • Dorasaga

    I know Pepperdine U always had a good baseball program, underrated. They battled some good Californian schools, in abundance. Frazier might be a more mature prospect than imagined.