The Rule 4 Draft begins Monday at 6:00pm CDT and runs through Wednesday (June 10). And while the next three days will be very important for the Cubs, there is less focus on this year’s draft with the Cubs picking lower in the first round … and the big league team winning ballgames.
Jason McLeod and his staff will spend the next three days selecting players they feel will add impact and inventory to an organization that is viewed as one of the top systems in the game.
The Cubs have selected position players since 2011 with their first round picks and many feel the Cubs will go that direction again this year then focus on drafting as much pitching as possible.
The last four drafts have seen the Cubs select a position player with their first round selection: Javier Baez (2011, ninth overall), Albert Almora (2012, sixth overall), Kris Bryant (2013, second overall) and Kyle Schwarber (2014, fourth overall). The Cubs also grabbed RHP Pierce Johnson and RHP Paul Blackburn with compensation picks in the 2012 draft.
The Cubs are going to select the best player available with the No. 9 pick. Without a clear-cut No. 1 pick, although it appears the Diamondbacks will take Vanderbilt SS Dansby Swanson, no one is sure who could be available by the time the Cubs are on the clock.
The Cubs have been connected to: SS Dansby Swanson, LHP Tyler Jay, OF Daz Cameron, OF Kyle Tucker, RHP Carson Fulmer, RHP Walker Buehler, RHP Jon Harris, RHP Dillon Tate, OF Andrew Benintendi, OF Trenton Clark, RHP James Kaprielian, OF/2B Ian Happ, RHP Phil Bickford, SS Cornelius Randolph and OF Garrett Whitley.
The wild card with the Cubs and possibly in the entire draft is LHP Brady Aiken. Several reports and rumors have pointed to Aiken still being in the mix for the Cubs at No. 9. It does not appear Aiken will still be available by the end of the first round, much less available when the Cubs are back on the clock in the second round with the 47th overall pick. Aiken could slip in the top 10 and few are thinking he will be on the board much past the Dodgers at No. 24.
Several reports have pointed to the Cubs taking a player in the first round and signing him to an under-slot deal in order to use the extra bonus pool money on other picks in the first 10 rounds, the same strategy the front office used a year ago when they were able to sign LHP Carson Sands, LHP Justin Steele and RHP Dylan Cease.
The Cubs signing bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year’s draft is $7,236,100 million down from $8,352,200 million from a year ago. 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.
Assigned Pick Values for the Cubs first 10 rounds:
- Round One (Pick #9) – $3,351,000
- Round Two (Pick #47) – $1,292,100
- Round Three (Pick #82) – $731,000
- Round Four (Pick #113) – $503,100
- Round Five (Pick #143) – $376,700
- Round Six (Pick #173) – $281,900
- Round Seven (Pick #203) – $211,300
- Round Eight (Pick #233) – $174,200
- Round Nine (Pick #263) – $162,800
- Round Ten (Pick #293) – $152,000
2015 MLB Draft Schedule
- Day One – Monday, June 8 – Round One, Comp A, Round Two, Comp B
- Day Two – Tuesday, June 9 (11:30am CDT) – Rounds 3-10
- Day Three – Wednesday, June 10 (11:00am CDT) – Rounds 11-40
Draft Notes and Rumors
1:06pm CDT – Kiley McDaniel thinks LHP Tyler Jay falls to the Cubs, which would be best case for the Cubs according to McDaniel. The Cubs are really high on Jay.
4:52pm CDT – Keith Law also thinks LHP Tyler Jay is on the board for the Cubs at No. 9.
4:52pm CDT – According to Chris Crawford, Daz Cameron is working on a pre-draft deal with the Rays.
• Note: Rumors and notes will be updated as reliable information is made available