The Rule 4 Draft begins Thursday at 6:00pm CDT and runs through Saturday. As has been the case, the next three days are extremely important for the Chicago Cubs. Rounds one and two take place on day one and the Cubs have the fourth pick in the first round and the 45th overall pick in round two.
Jason McLeod and his staff will spend the next three days selecting players they feel will add impact and inventory to a Cubs’ system that has shown marked improvement over the last three drafts.
The Cubs have selected position players since 2011 with their first round picks and with the injuries to two of the top college arms in this year’s draft, the Cubs could add a position player to the organization for the fourth time. The last three drafts have seen the Cubs select Javier Baez (2011, ninth overall), Albert Almora (2012, sixth overall) and Kris Bryant (2013, second overall). The Cubs also grabbed RHP Pierce Johnson and RHP Paul Blackburn with compensation picks in the 2012 draft.
The Cubs would like to take a college pitcher with their fourth pick and if LHP Carlos Rodon is still on the board, the Cubs are not expected to give the Twins a chance to draft him. The Cubs are reportedly high on prep lefty Brady Aiken, but no one sees Aiken being on the board past the White Sox.
Several reports, and mock drafts, over the last month have the Cubs taking a position player with the fourth overall pick that they will be able to sign with an under-slot deal in order to use the extra bonus pool money on one of the high school arms, such as RHP Jack Flaherty, RHP Michael Kopech or RHP Joey Gatto, early in the second round. The Cubs have been connected to OF Michael Conforto, C Max Pentecost and C/OF Kyle Schwarber as players they could take with the fourth pick and sign to an under-slot deal. SS Nick Gordon is also a possibility but it is doubtful he would sign for under the Cubs assigned pick value of $4,621,200.
The Cubs are thought to be high on RHP Aaron Nola, LHP Kyle Freeland and LHP Brandon Finnegan as well.
The Cubs signing bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year’s draft is $8,352,200 million. If the Cubs sign a player in rounds 11-40 for more than $100,000, the excess is counted against the team’s bonus pool. If the Cubs draft a player in the first 10 rounds they are unable sign, the assigned slot value is removed from their bonus pool allotment.
The Assigned Pick Values for the Cubs first 10 rounds are:
- Round One (Pick #4) – $4,621,200
- Round Two (Pick #45) – $1,250,400
- Round Three (Pick #78) – $714,900
- Round Four (Pick #109) – $480,600
- Round Five (Pick #139) – $359,900
- Round Six (Pick #169) – $269,500
- Round Seven (Pick #199) – $201,900
- Round Eight (Pick #229) – $161,800
- Round Nine (Pick #259) – $151,000
- Round Ten (Pick #289) – $141,000
2014 MLB Draft Schedule
- Day One – Thursday, June 5 – Round One, Comp A, Round Two, Comp B
- Day Two – Friday, June 6 (11:30am CDT) – Rounds 3-10
- Day Three – Saturday, June 7 (12:00pm CDT) – Rounds 11-40
Draft Notes and Rumors
The latest mock drafts have the Cubs taking either OF Michael Conforto or C/OF Kyle Schwarber with the first round pick.
SS Trea Turner could also be in the mix according to Keith Law’s last mock draft.
Keep an eye on Harvard LHP Sean Newcomb for the Cubs with the fourth pick
Jed Hoyer was asked Wednesday about the rumor the Cubs were asking for a competitive-balance draft and the slot money in a deal for Jeff Samardzija. Hoyer called the rumor “totally false.”
Ferguson Jenkins will represent the Cubs at the 2014 MLB Draft.
Peter Gammons reported Wednesday that the Astros will not make their final decision on their draft pick until late in the day on Thursday. Gammons cautioned not to “draw any conclusions” from Nolan Ryan meeting with Tyler Kolek on Tuesday.
3:34pm CDT – Jon Heyman is reporting it appears the Marlins will be taking Carlos Rodon, the ownership wants Rodon drafted due to the Cuban connection with the community
4:45pm CDT – From Jon Heyman – mock drafts have SD hs hitter Alex Jackson going to Mariners at No. 6. perhaps but they also like Hartford lhp Sean Newcomb
Note: Notes and Rumors will be updated as reliable information is made available