- Published: Wednesday, 11 June 2014 16:05
- Written by Tim Stuart
To begin, I must start with a huge caveat - this is all my reasoning of the strategy based on observation of what transpired. I believe it is mostly correct, but I do not have any sources within the organization that told me this was the way things happened. It just makes sense to me.
That said, let's begin.
The Cubs came into the 2014 June Amateur draft with the fourth overall pick. Early in the spring, it looked like that was going to be an enviable position as there seemed to be four elite pitching talents projected to go at the top of the draft. However, that idea “popped” along with Jeff Hoffman’s elbow ligament. At the end of the spring the Cubs were faced with a field that had three elite pitching prospects and a group of about fifteen players in the next tier that could be ranked in just about any order. This caused the Cubs to require a more strategic approach than seemed would be necessary earlier in the spring.Add a comment