The First-Year Player Draft is 10 days away (June 8-10) and teams will spend next week in meetings putting the final touches on their draft boards.
The Cubs have been connected to about a dozen players with the ninth pick in the draft. Selecting that low, compared to recent years, will limit the choices Jason McLeod has to choose from. FanGraphs’ Kiley McDaniel reported, “The Cubs have been very hard to peg this spring, as they’ve been tied to over a dozen players and it seems like they are more focused on misinformation than most years.”
The talent in the upcoming draft, as David Rawnsley said is “markedly below average.” There is not a clear cut No. 1 pick although SS Dansby Swanson is emerging as the player the Diamondbacks will take with the first overall pick.
With what is regarded as a stocked farm system coupled with this year being the last time the Cubs should be picking this high for several drafts, could the Cubs take a huge gamble on LHP Brady Aiken? The Cubs might not have a chance to land the impact talent that Aiken is considered to be again.
Kiley McDaniel reported in his second mock draft that Theo Epstein has seen OF Andrew Benintendi, RHP James Kaprielian and RHP Jon Harris in recent weeks. McDaniel pointed out if RHP Carson Fulmer, OF Andrew Benintendi, OF Kyle Tucker or LHP Tyler Jay are still on the board, the Cubs would prefer to take one of those four players.
Sports Illustrated- David Rawnsley Mock Draft
Perfect Game’s David Rawnsley has the Cubs selecting RHP Walker Buehler out of Vanderbilt with the ninth overall pick in the draft.
Walker Buehler features a four-pitch mix and can throw all four pitches for strikes. Buehler’s fastball is in the 90-96 mph range. He throws a curveball, slider and changeup.
Rawnsley thinks other players the Cubs have shown interest will be gone by the time the Cubs are on the clock. Rawnsley sees the Diamondbacks taking SS Dansby Swanson (Vanderbilt) at 1:1, the Rangers selecting SS Alex Bregman (LSU) with the third pick and OF Daz Cameron going to the Astros fifth overall with Houston’s second pick in the top five.
The position player the Cubs have been heavily linked to of late, Andrew Benintendi (Arkansas), Rawnsley has going to the Red Sox with the seventh pick and RHP Carson Fulmer (Vanderbilt) landing on the South Side.
FanGraphs Mock Draft
Kiley McDaniel is hearing that the Diamondbacks will take SS Dansby Swanson with the first overall pick in the draft, but after that picks 2-9 “have the same players, jumbled in some order.”
In his latest mock draft, McDaniel has the Red Sox selecting OF Andrew Benintendi and the White Sox taking RHP Carson Fulmer with the two picks ahead of the Cubs.
McDaniel passed on a lot of interesting information in regards to the Cubs. McDaniel has the Cubs selecting OF Daz Cameron, son of Mike Cameron, with the ninth pick. The Cubs “had multiple high level scouts in to see Cameron down the stretch.” Cameron has said he “wants big money” but that could be just talk. Mike Cameron will not let him pass on a good offer.
Multiple reports have suggested the Cubs would try to sign their first round pick to a below slot deal in order to have the pool money to draft upside pitchers in later rounds. If Cameron is looking for “big money” and he is not willing to come off those demands, it is hard to see how he would be a fit for the Cubs.
Kiley McDaniel reported OF Garrett Whitely and RHP Phil Bickford could also be in play, but he thinks it will come down to Daz Cameron, 2B/RF Ian Happ or RHP Jon Harris.
Cubs 2015 Draft Reports
- Baseball America Mock Draft 2015: Version 1.0
- Baseball America Has Cubs Selecting RHP Carson Fulmer in First Mock Draft
- FanGraphs’ Mock Draft Has Cubs Selecting OF Trenton Clark in First Round
- Baseball America Mock Draft: Version 2.0
- Baseball America’s Second Mock Draft Points to Cubs Selecting OF Andrew Benintendi in First Round
- Baseball America Mock Draft: Version 3.0
- Baseball America’s Third Mock Draft Has the Cubs Selecting RHP Jon Harris
- Cubs First-Year Player Draft Notes
- Cubs Have Not Ruled Out Selecting LHP Brady Aiken in First Round of Draft