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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:56 am

Oregon State OF Trevor Larnach had a 3.034 OPS this weekend. BA has him ranked 92nd in their draft board rankings but he clearly jumped quite a bit on draft boards this weekend.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby OleMissCub » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:11 pm

Ryan Rolison K’d 12 and gave up a hit in 5 innings in his first start of the year. He threw 24 sliders with 19 of them being strikes.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby TomtheBombadil » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:51 am

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Oregon State OF Trevor Larnach had a 3.034 OPS this weekend. BA has him ranked 92nd in their draft board rankings but he clearly jumped quite a bit on draft boards this weekend.


He's a standout in that big Alex Lange CWS game against Oregon State, which can be found on Youtube. Not sure Larnach actually did anything but he was 6'4" with a quality slash line as an underclassmen. His 3 HRS so far have tied last year's total making him yet another interesting but very flawed college bat on paper.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:04 pm

Texas Tech lefty Stephen Gingery and FSU lefty Tyler Hilton both need TJS.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby Hrubes20 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:05 pm

Am I the only one that missed that Justin Hooper blew out his arm in fall ball? I was really excited to see him this year after his big Cape performance last summer.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:56 am

Hrubes20 wrote:Am I the only one that missed that Justin Hooper blew out his arm in fall ball? I was really excited to see him this year after his big Cape performance last summer.


I knew about it, but I'm a big UCLA fan. Really disappointed because it sounded like he was going to run away with a spot in the weekend rotation.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby Hrubes20 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:02 pm

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Hrubes20 wrote:Am I the only one that missed that Justin Hooper blew out his arm in fall ball? I was really excited to see him this year after his big Cape performance last summer.


I knew about it, but I'm a big UCLA fan. Really disappointed because it sounded like he was going to run away with a spot in the weekend rotation.


Yeah, there was finally room for him in there. Molnar isn't back yet, is he?
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:33 pm

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Hrubes20 wrote:Am I the only one that missed that Justin Hooper blew out his arm in fall ball? I was really excited to see him this year after his big Cape performance last summer.


I knew about it, but I'm a big UCLA fan. Really disappointed because it sounded like he was going to run away with a spot in the weekend rotation.


Yeah, there was finally room for him in there. Molnar isn't back yet, is he?


Not yet. He had a setback and is expected to miss the first month of the season. He's still expected to go into the weekend rotation when he returns.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby Regular Show » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:34 pm

Here's some good info on draft prospects from K. McDaniels on Fangraphs:

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/draft-n ... tt-galore/

Good video of curveball monster RHP Carter Stewart in the article. He's probably moving up draft boards now. I really like him, but I doubt the Cubs get a chance at drafting him.

A good video of LHP S. McClanahan is in there too. The Cubs are definitely not getting a chance at drafting him unless he gets hurt or something weird happens.

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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby Hrubes20 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:08 am

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I knew about it, but I'm a big UCLA fan. Really disappointed because it sounded like he was going to run away with a spot in the weekend rotation.


Yeah, there was finally room for him in there. Molnar isn't back yet, is he?


Not yet. He had a setback and is expected to miss the first month of the season. He's still expected to go into the weekend rotation when he returns.


He could be a really good one. Such a strong season as a frosh.
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Postby Regular Show » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:11 pm

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Well, that news certainly sucks. I know he's short (like really short) and I usually don't like short players as prospects, but he's a pretty good hitter. I think he'll hit enough to be a solid 2B at the MLB level. He kind of reminds me of D. Pedroia. He won't be as good or hit for as much power as Pedroia.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:06 pm

Another interesting HS bat in 1B/OF John Malcom:



and another interesting looking HS arm in William English:



I lump them together here partially because these are from the same very recent event but mostly because both guys have improved athletically from last year. The louder talent here is Malcolm, a player that might end up going in the first thanks to his loud offensive tools and the potential to unlock more athleticism as he leans out.

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It would be nice if the Cubs actually drafted Hjelle. He had a big game this weekend, 13 Ks with no walks and just one hit against some school called Oakland (University? College?).
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby davell » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:17 am



Well, that dream just died a quick death.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby Regular Show » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:37 am

davell wrote:https://twitter.com/longenhagen/status/969010878346534912

Well, that dream just died a quick death.


The Cubs never had a realistic chance of drafting Liberatore (as long as he remains healthy). He has arguably the highest ceiling for any HS pitcher in this year's draft.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:32 am

Regular Show wrote:
davell wrote:https://twitter.com/longenhagen/status/969010878346534912

Well, that dream just died a quick death.


The Cubs never had a realistic chance of drafting Liberatore (as long as he remains healthy). He has arguably the highest ceiling for any HS pitcher in this year's draft.


Yeah. Even if he didn't get this bump in velocity now, teams were projecting it would happen and combined with his athleticism and curve, would've drafted him early as long as he stayed healthy.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:01 am

Regular Show wrote:
davell wrote:https://twitter.com/longenhagen/status/969010878346534912

Well, that dream just died a quick death.


The Cubs never had a realistic chance of drafting Liberatore (as long as he remains healthy). He has arguably the highest ceiling for any HS pitcher in this year's draft.


Agreed on all of this.

I DO think the Cubs might get at one of the two top RHs thanks to some good old fashioned draft nonsense and noise. Edit: Plus Hankins’ shoulder, which so far seems like a non-surgery injury.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:07 am

:roll: Oh and Mason Denaburg physically reminds me of Shelby Miller

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I just think this guy is a quality prospect:



I like how that pitch could be anything but a 4 seam without a velocity reading.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:28 am

There's a prep draft prospect whose name is Owen Sharts.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby Regular Show » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:18 am

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:There's a prep draft prospect whose name is Owen Sharts.


Well, I sympathize for this poor guy. At least he didn't get teased as a kid (probably). I mean I didn't know what that term meant until college.

I swear I thought someone just made it up lol.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:22 pm

Stewart hit 98? I am officially on the wagon.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:47 pm

TomtheBombadil wrote:Stewart hit 98? I am officially on the wagon.


Yeah, in his second start of the year.

There are a lot of well regarded prep arms so maybe one gets lost in the shuffle or has serious injury, but I just have a hard time seeing any of Hankins, Liberatore, Stewart or Denaburg (or even Rocker) falling to 24.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:49 pm

OleMissCub wrote:Ryan Rolison K’d 12 and gave up a hit in 5 innings in his first start of the year. He threw 24 sliders with 19 of them being strikes.


FYI, he's getting top 5 pick buzz following that start, per Kiley McDaniel at Fangraphs.
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Re: 2018 Draft Thread

Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:07 pm

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TomtheBombadil wrote:Stewart hit 98? I am officially on the wagon.


Yeah, in his second start of the year.

There are a lot of well regarded prep arms so maybe one gets lost in the shuffle or has serious injury, but I just have a hard time seeing any of Hankins, Liberatore, Stewart or Denaburg (or even Rocker) falling to 24.


Agreed, the range for that kind of HS arm talent has been like picks 6-19 give or take. This is definitely not a group of players I would bank on being there at 24. Best case there is signability concerns and teams putting their money in college bats, though Rocker's maybe got a shot if he doesn't do anything too exciting this spring.

The player I like that might actually be there at 24 is Greyson Jenista.
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