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2016 Cubs Picks Thread

Postby UMFan83 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:04 pm

3rd round: Thomas Hatch, RHP, Oklahoma State



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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:04 pm

All scouting reports are from MLB.com:

3.104: Thomas Hatch, RHP, Oklahoma State (redshirt sophomore; BA's #178 overall prospect) - $573,900 bonus (slot: $573,900)
Coming out of Jenks (Okla.) High in 2013, Hatch could have gone in the top three rounds had he been considered signable. Instead, he lasted until the Rockies took him in the 32nd round and headed to Oklahoma State. After he missed all of 2015 with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow that didn't require surgery, he has worked his way back into the first three rounds during a spring in which he threw three consecutive shutouts and won Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year honors. The Cowboys have dropped Hatch's arm slot to low three-quarters, adding more life to his stuff. The redshirt sophomore can sit at 91-94 mph with his fastball deep into games and top out at 96. He doesn't miss a ton of bats but the running and sinking life on his heater generates a lot of groundouts. Hatch's new arm slot lends itself well to a slider, and his low-80s breaking ball is a plus pitch at times and he can throw it to both sides of the plate. He has feel for a changeup and for commanding his pitches, so it's easy to project him as a starter at the next level.

4.134: Tyson Miller, RHP, Cal Baptist (BA rank: 197) - $500,000 bonus (slot: $429,790)
It can be hard sometimes for pitchers at small programs to get noticed by the scouting industry. Pitching extremely well in the Cape Cod League, as Miller did last summer, made everyone put Division II California Baptist on their must-see destinations this spring. For the most part, Miller backed up his Cape showing with a strong junior season. The fact that he his starts came largely on Wednesdays or Thursdays actually helped him get seen more, as it didn't conflict with Division I weekend series. Tall and projectable, with loose actions and a lean, athletic body, the 6-foot-4 Miller will flash a fastball up to 93 mph, with the potential for more once he gets into a player development system. He'll show glimpses of a decent slider and has an average changeup to round out his three-pitch arsenal. Miller tends to throw strikes, though he is more control over command at this point. The earliest a Cal Baptist player has ever been drafted was in 2014, when the Dodgers took Trevor Oaks in the seventh round. Miller's size and upside potential give him the chance to beat Oaks by a couple of rounds.

5.164: Bailey Clark, RHP, Duke (BA rank: 132) - $450,000 bonus (slot: $321,800)
After producing just one top-three-rounds pitcher (Scott Schoeneweis) in the first 47 Drafts, Duke has had two in the past four years with Marcus Stroman and Michael Matuella. The Blue Devils had a chance for another in Clark, who starred in brief stints in the Cape Cod League and with the U.S. collegiate national team last summer. He looked like a possible first-rounder when he showed a mid-90s fastball while allowing a total of three runs in his first three starts this spring, but then his velocity and command dipped and he found himself out of the weekend rotation by mid-April. Clark was on scouts' radar when he went undrafted as a North Carolina high schooler in 2013, and his stuff has picked up as he has matured physically in college. His fastball can reach 99 mph and features nasty run and sink when it's at his best, and he has made strides with his 83-86 mph slider that also can be overpowering at times. However, there's a significant amount of effort in his delivery, which makes it tough for him to maintain his velocity and locate his pitches. Evaluators don't love Clark's arm action either, and a growing number believe he's destined for the bullpen in pro ball. He wouldn't have to worry about pacing himself or having to be as fine with his pitches in shorter stints, and he might have closer upside if he improved the consistency of his breaking ball. If he's going to stay in the rotation, he'll need to improve his changeup.

6.194: Chad Hockin, RHP, Cal State Fullerton (BA rank: 104) - $241,000 bonus (slot: $241,000)
A reliever since his high school days in Southern California, Hockin's stock took off with a dominant Cape Cod League performance. The uptick in his stuff on the Cape carried over to his junior year at Fullerton, where he showed closer-type stuff, at least until his stuff backed up a touch after a two-weekend layoff. For most of the season, Hockin has been operating with two premium pitches: a fastball up to 97 mph and a slider touching 89 mph. He throws both pitches for strikes, though he knows how to expand the zone with his breaking ball effectively, and misses bats with both offerings. The right-hander was on the shelf for what scouts were told was both for some academic trouble and because of elbow tenderness. When he did return, Hockin's fastball was more in the 92-94 range and he did appear tentative in throwing his devastating slider. Scouts were willing to chalk that up more to inactivity than any long-term concern. He didn't return to closing, but that was more because of a deep Fullerton bullpen than a problem with Hockin's stuff, which did bounce back. He could still end up as one of the first relievers to fly off the board.

7.224: Michael Cruz, C, Bethune-Cookman - $75,000 bonus (slot: $186,000)
8.254: Stephen Ridings, RHP, Haverford (PA) - $120,000 bonus (slot: $173,800)
9.284: Duncan Robinson, RHP, Dartmouth (senior) - $30,000 bonus (slot: $162,300)
10.304: Dakota Mekkes, RHP, Michigan State (redshirt sophomore; BA rank: 205) - $275,000 bonus (slot: $156,600)
11.344: Michael Rucker, RHP, Brigham Young (BA rank: 251) - $180,000 bonus

12.374: Trey Cobb, RHP, Oklahoma State (BA rank: 335)
13.404: Wyatt Short, LHP, Mississippi - $50,000 bonus
14.434: Parker Dunshee, RHP, Wake Forest
15.464: Jed Carter, RHP, Auburn-Montgomery - $100,000 bonus
16.494: Holden Cammack, RHP, Oral Roberts
17.524: Zack Short, SS, Sacred Heart - $80,000 bonus
18.554: Marc Huberman, LHP, Southern Cal (senior)
19.584: Matt Swarmer, RHP, Kuztown (PA) (senior)
20.614: Colton Freeman, LHP, Alabama (senior)
21.644: Sam Tidback, C, North Georgia (senior)

22.674: Dante Biasi, LHP, Hazleton Area HS (Hazle Township, PA) - Penn State commit
23.704: Delvin Zinn, SS, Itawamba CC (MS) (BA rank: 233) - Mississippi State commit - $100,000 bonus
24.734: Reynaldo Rivera, 1B, Chipola CC (FL) (BA rank: 270) - South Alabama commit
25.764: Trent Giambrone, 2B, Delta State (MS) (senior)
26,794: Austin Jones, RHP, Wisconsin-Whitewater
27.824: Connor Myers, OF, Old Dominion (senior)
28.854: Rian Bassett, RHP, Clark JC (WA)
29.884: Tyler Peyton, RHP, Iowa (senior)
Peyton was selected in the 33rd round last year, but opted to return for his senior season at Iowa, where he went 4-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 13 games (12 starts). He had a strong finish to the season and his fastball sits 88-92 mph, and he can throw three pitches for strikes. He also hit .335/.412/.507 with 17 doubles and four homers.

30.914: Montana Parsons, RHP, San Jacinto JC (TX) - Baylor commit
31.944: Brenden Heiss, RHP, Jacob HS (Algonquin, IL) (BA rank: 408) - Arkansas commit
32.974: Zach Davis, OF, Texas Tech (senior)
33.1004: Nathan Sweeney, RHP, Cherry Creek HS (Greenwood Village, CO) - Arizona commit - $100,000 bonus

34.1034: Davis Daniel, RHP, St. James School (Montgomery, AL) - Auburn commit (BA rank: 109)
35.1064: Ryan Kreidler, 3B, Davis HS (Davis, CA) - UCLA commit (BA rank: 315)
36.1094: Jake Slaughter, SS, Ouachita Christian HS (Monroe, LA) - LSU commit
37.1124: Davis Moore, RHP/OF, Los Osos HS (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) - Fresno State commit
38.1154: Tolly Filotei, OF, Faulkner State CC (AL)
39.1184: Anthony Block, LHP, Newport HS (Bellevue, WA) - Washington State commit
40.1214: Deaundre Roberts, RHP, Atlantic Coast HS (Jacksonville, FL) - South Florida commit (BA rank: 389)
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Re: Cubs Picks Thread

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:08 pm

Eric Bailey of Tulsa World Sports wrote:“The draft is almost a distraction and I choose not to think about it,” Hatch said. “It’s going to happen whether I think about it or not. What I have to do is continue to work hard and do what I can do. I know people who have had their performance affected by thinking about it.”


You have to admire the lack of horsefeathers given. Props also to avoiding TJ
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He will pitch tomorrow against South Carolina in the Super Regionals.
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Postby davell » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:15 pm

Seems like a tailor made profile for what we search for. Didn't realize he's a redshirt soph.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:18 pm

I like his delivery. Shorter RH offsets it with some good separation and finish, actually uses his legs....#hottake. If you think of Lester as the organizational template on how to pitch baseballs, this guy's delivery has some quality similarities.*

*Not saying this gives him a huge ceiling, just that he seems competent
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:43 pm

4th rounder: Tyson Miller, RHP, Cal Baptist

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Re: Cubs Picks Thread

Postby craig » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:47 pm

6/4, slender, turns 21 next month. A projection/scouting pick.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:51 pm

craig wrote:6/4, slender, turned 20 next month. A projection/scouting pick.


Turns 21 at the end if next month but yeah, came in to post pretty much the same thing. Pretty quick arm, threw well in the Cape...

http://lomalinda.citynewsgroup.com/arti ... 5d252f2b8e

In a paywall-protected article, D1Baseball.com described him as a "true eye opener" with a four-pitch arsenal, including a strong fastball and slider, plus curveball and developing change-up. With an ability to work the lower half of the zone, a "projectable frame" and late movement on his pitches, the article predicts scouting of Miller will only heat up in the 2016 season at CBU - similar to how it has been for recent Lancer starters (Trevor Oaks, 2014; Adam Hofacket, 2015). "There's going to be more velocity on the way as he strengthens his frame, and with these flashes of quality secondaries, you are going to find many scouts coming away incredibly intrigued by his upside," the article states.
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Postby CubsWin » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:58 pm

craig wrote:6/4, slender, turned 20 next month. A projection/scouting pick.

Flux capacitor alert.

Miller turns 21 next month on 07/29.
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Postby davell » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:01 pm

Looking at Hatch and Miller, I'll figure they're getting full slot. So from a strategic standpoint, its looking like it'll be hard to pop a HS over slot at this point, unless they take a few seniors in 8-10 or so.
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Postby craig » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:04 pm

Oops, at Miller's age the difference between turning 20 and almost 21 is nontrivial. Too bad.

Still seems heavily a projection guy. The delivery in the video looks like a development team might analyze and adjust that, maybe get a little more out of it.

Pure projection and a project for the development guys.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:06 pm

davell wrote:Looking at Hatch and Miller, I'll figure they're getting full slot. So from a strategic standpoint, its looking like it'll be hard to pop a HS over slot at this point, unless they take a few seniors in 8-10 or so.


Yeah, I expect them to take seniors at least in 9 and 10 to get an additional $300k.

I wouldn't mind a Wil Crowe type at this point.
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Postby CubsWin » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:07 pm

My personal favorite was Dustin May, but he was nabbed by the Doyers 3 picks before...
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Postby SCCubbieFAN » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:12 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:











He will pitch tomorrow against South Carolina in the Super Regionals.


Yes he will Raisin, and I'll be there watchin. Hope my Gamecocks fair well against him. :D
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:25 pm

Cubs pick Duke RHP Bailey Clark in the 5th. I remember there was some talk of him going in the first early in the year.



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Postby squally1313 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:46 pm



Looks like we picked the right guy
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Postby UMFan83 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:50 pm

squally1313 wrote:

Looks like we picked the right guy


I remember when Samardzija was drafted by the Cubs, his MySpace page (yes MySpace) had a bunch of Anti-Cubs pictures on it. He turned out fine.
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Postby UMFan83 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:52 pm

squally1313 wrote:

Looks like we picked the right guy


Actually even worse, I looked up the Cubs game on April 23, 2012..... a 3-2 Cubs walkoff win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Yep, we drafted a Cardinals fan.
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Postby Omar » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:59 pm

a 2-run single by Joe Mather (of all people) to win it
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Postby CubInOK » Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:05 pm

At least his 2nd most recent activity is a retweet of Rizzo telling his life story.
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Postby Bruno7481 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:08 pm

The kid would have been in high school. We all grow out of t we liked in high school as we mature. I think it's great.

I probably hated that Cubs team too...yikes.
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Postby Vinestal » Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:09 pm

Looks like Hatch deleted the tweet. Meant to get a screenshot.
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Postby UMFan83 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:09 pm

Bruno7481 wrote:The kid would have been in high school. We all grow out of t we liked in high school as we mature. I think it's great.

I probably hated that Cubs team too...yikes.


That's not a certainty if he's a Cardinals fan.
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